Alanna Autler - WSMV News 4

Alanna Autler

Alanna is an award-winning reporter who joined the WSMV news team in June 2014.

She is guided by a simple mission: hold the powerful accountable. 

Alanna's investigations consistently yield results and widespread changes.

Her investigations into how frequently students with disabilities got paddled in public schools prompted a new state law, banning the use of corporal punishment for Tennessee's most vulnerable students.

When Alanna exposed how top election officials were using public dollars for personal expenses, Metro Nashville government revamped its credit card policies to better protect taxpayer money. The commission's chairman resigned just three days after Alanna questioned him in an explosive interview. 

And almost immediately after Alanna discovered a nonprofit leader was placing her relatives in homes intended for needy families, the director resigned and the state housing agency pulled its funding. Her series prompted the organization to pass conflict-of-interest policies that banned nepotism.

Before coming to Nashville, Alanna worked in Charleston, West Virginia as a multimedia journalist. Every day she shot, edited, wrote and reported her own stories. But ultimately, her experiences in the Mountain State highlighted another simple truth: "The press was to serve the governed, not the governors."

She led her station's coverage of a massive chemical leak in West Virginia in early 2014, devoting countless hours to investigating a contamination that left 300,000 people without clean drinking water. Highlighting the lack of government oversight while holding officials accountable in her coverage played a part in community-driven changes following the disaster.

Alanna earned a degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She made her on-air debut in Lansing, Michigan as part of her college's journalism residency program.

Her investigations into everything from political corruption to cold cases have garnered four 1st place awards from the Associated Press and four Emmy nominations.

Off the clock, she enjoys running, porch sitting, drinking coffee and playing with her rescue dog, SophieWhen the Northwestern Wildcats are not playing, she roots for the West Virginia Mountaineers. 

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