FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Drew Rhodes WLTZ General Manager (706) 570-7140 firstname.lastname@example.org Date: August 4, 2016 WLTZ welcomes Mallory Hagan, former Miss America, to WLTZ First News Today An Opelika native, Hagan will begin as a Morning News Live Reporter & Multimedia Journalist next week COLUMBUS, GA — Alabama native and Miss America 2013 returns from New York to join the WLTZ First News team as a Morning News Live Reporter & Multimedia Journalist August 8, 2016. “Mallory is an exceptional communicator and accomplished presenter,” said Gene Kirkconnell, WLTZ Director of News & Local Content. “I look forward to her stories from Eufaula, to Auburn, Opelika, Phenix City, Americus, Columbus, and many other towns.” Mallory’s weekday morning reports will highlight events and the great things about East Alabama and the Columbus, Georgia television viewing area. “As Miss America, I met thousands of people across the country, and now I’m most excited to meet new people, hear and share their stories, and experience first-hand everything our community has to offer,” said Mallory. Mallory joins the fastest growing morning newscast in the market with News Anchors Dee Armstrong and Ricki Vann and Weather Forecaster Miller Robson. Mallory has lived in New York City and Los Angeles for the past eight years. As Miss America 2013, she traveled the country as a national spokesperson and champion of a variety of topics including child welfare, body positive, and female empowerment. She holds a Communications degree from The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. From a family of entrepreneurs, Mallory co-owns a personal branding company, DEFINE, and her mother is in her 23rd year of owning Make Your Move Performing Arts studio in Opelika, AL. “We join Mallory’s family and all of her friends in welcoming Mallory home,” said Drew Rhodes, WLTZ General Manager. “It’s wonderful to see someone so accomplished return to her roots and honor the people who helped put her on the path to such success. We are proud to now have her as a member of our family at WLTZ First News.” Mallory made her debut as a guest on WLTZ’s “Dee Armstrong Show” after winning Miss New York, prior to Miss America, and now returns full circle as a reporter. Mallory said, “I am grateful to WLTZ First News for the opportunity to begin my on-air career, in what I know will be an exciting, fun, and positive experience.” Join us in welcoming Mallory Hagan back home to the south and to the WLTZ First News Today team. WLTZ-TV is dedicated to serving our viewers in the 16-county-area of Georgia and Alabama which includes Columbus, Americus, Auburn, Opelika, LaGrange, Phenix City, and Eufaula as well as the surrounding communities.
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