Tiffany Alaniz always called the Midwest home.
She grew up in Tulsa, where her parents still reside, and graduated from Jenks High School. She earned a degree in Broadcast News Journalism from the University of Kansas.
In January 2011, she became main anchor at KODE in Joplin anchoring the 5, 6, and 10 o’clock news.
That May, one of the deadliest tornadoes in history hit Joplin. 161 people lost their lives due to the storm and nearly 8,000 structures were damaged or destroyed. Tiffany said that was the most difficult day of her career. She was in the field moments after the storm hit reporting on the emergency response and recovery. In the years that followed, she has continued to share the stories of those who overcame unimaginable loss and how they rebuilt their lives.
Over the course of her career, Tiffany has been proud to earn recognition including several Missouri Broadcasters Association awards. She earned two for an hour long show she wrote and produced: Behind the Scenes of the Extreme Home Makeover Build: The Joplin Edition. She also covered Hurricanes Katrina and Wilma for Nexstar Broadcasting.
Tiffany always had a passion for news and feels honored to tell the stories of others. She finds inspiration in the resilience of people, as they share their trials and triumphs with all of us.
Outside the newsroom, Tiffany spends time with her daughter Whitley, family, and friends. She also spends time volunteering, including many breast cancer charity events and fundraisers. She’s looking forward to getting involved in the Tulsa community with her daughter.
If you would like to share your thoughts with Tiffany, you can find her chasing Whitley around the local parks or in line for chocolate milk at McDonald’s. Or, you can email her with your suggestions of great things to do with kids in Tulsa or a great story idea.
If you have a story idea or would just like to drop Tiffany a note, you can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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