Resume

Debra Alfarone is an award-winning, Emmy-nominated television Anchor and Reporter, whose live reports and features can be seen on WUSA9, the CBS station in the nation’s capital, Washington D.C.  She covers everything from breaking news to crime to stories of people making a difference. She joined the station in October, 2012.

Debra was promoted to weekend evening Anchor in April 2015, after filling in at the anchor desk since her arrival. She’s covered the 2015 U.S. visit of Pope Francis, the search for UVA student Hannah Graham, and was nominated for an Emmy for her extensive coverage on the injustice of the backlog of untested sexual assault evidence kits nationwide.

Before that, Debra spent several years as a reporter in NY/NJ/CT for PIX 11 News and NBC Connecticut. She was the first reporter on the scene when human remains thought to be the work of a Long Island serial killer were discovered at Gilgo Beach, and she relentlessly covered the record-breaking day-after-Christmas 2010 snow emergency that brought the city that never sleeps to a grinding halt.

Debra’s known for her conversational, creative and street-smart style of storytelling. She created “Alt Side” – an interview segment that takes place in her car during alternate-side-of-the-street-parking. A former Wall Street-er, Debra is also is an expert at saving money, and created her “Cheap Tricks” reports to help New Yorkers spend their money wisely.

Debra’s a native New Yorker and is proud to tell you she was born in Queens, raised in Long Island –  her dad grew up in Brooklyn, her mom in the Bronx, her first reporting job was in Staten Island, and she’d been a Manhattanite for most of her adult life – thereby cementing her true New Yorker status.  She now calls D.C. home, but says she hopes to never lose her NYC street-cred. Resume below:

What:

Emmy Award-Nominated Anchor and Reporter who aces live shots, thrives on breaking news, is a compelling, creative storyteller and breathes new life into routine stories.

Where:

WUSA9 – CBS  Station – Washington, D.C. (2012 – present)

Weekend Evening Anchor/Reporter 
Breaking news, crime, consumer and features

  • Broke exclusive story of a local sailor experiencing debilitating illness after serving on USS Ronald Reagan after Fukushima power plant explosion
  • First DC reporter on the ground after Sandy Hook elementary school massacre.
  • Covered the search for missing UVA student Hannah Graham

PIX 11 News – WPIX-TV – New York City (2010 – 2012)

General Assignment Reporter – 10pm and Morning News
Breaking news, crime, consumer and features

  • First reporter on scene at discovery of Gilgo Beach bodies, covered killing of Osama bin Laden, 5-part series on 10th anniversary of 9/11, 12 hours of Tropical Storm Irene coverage.
  • Host of “Alt Side” – weekly interview segment filmed in car during alternate-side-of-street-parking

NBC Connecticut HD – WVIT-TV, W.Hartford, CT. (2008 – 2010)

Morning Live Shot Reporter
Breaking news, crime, education, politics and features

  • Do live shots for MSNBC on local stories of national interest
  • Was first reporter on-air at Wesleyan University shooting, covered Yale Murder case, Avon Mountain crash courtroom trial
  • Received AP award for in-depth story comparing the 2008 recession to the Great Depression

News 12 Connecticut  (2004 – 2008)

General Assignment Reporter/ Fill-In Anchor
Breaking news, crime, education, politics and features

  • NY Emmy Award- Nominated
  • Associated Press Award
  • Connecticut Press Club for Spot News 2005, 2006, 2007
  • Several Society of Professional Journalists Awards

Time Warner Cable – Staten Island 76, Staten Island, New York  (2003 – 2004)

General Assignment Reporter / Fill-in Anchor

NY1 News, New York, New York  (2002 – 2003)

News Assistant – Field / Assignment Desk

When (I wasn’t in News)

Before switching into television in 2002, I was a Series 7 licensed Broker working in Marketing/Sales/Business Development roles for several Fortune 500 firms:

  • Morgan Stanley
  • American Express

How: (I got started)

B.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York

Broadcasting Study, New York University, New York, New York

Why:

Because you will not find a journalist who works harder, and displays a more positive team-player attitude.

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