Alana Austin joined the Gray Television Washington News Bureau team in August 2017 after spending three years covering national and state politics in Richmond, Virginia at Gray TV's WVIR-TV.
While assigned as the only full-time, on-air television State Capitol correspondent, Alana reported on the legislative sessions of the Virginia General Assembly and on political, governmental, legal and socioeconomic matters from Governor Terry McAuliffe's administration. At the same time, Alana covered the 2016 presidential election and primaries, with a focus on vice presidential candidate, and Virginia senator, Tim Kaine. During her tenure, she broke news on the Affordable Care Act's loss of coverage for 250,000 thousand Virginians, the federal corruption conviction and appeal of former Governor Bob McDonnell, the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Mark Warner and opponent Ed Gillespie, and the Virginia Republicans' legal challenge to McAuliffe's mass restoration of rights executive order.
Alana also anchored and produced newscasts regularly at a station in Charlottesville. Previously, she worked as a general assignment reporter in Waynesboro and as a videographer in Lynchburg and Danville, Virginia. While in college, Alana reported for the Daily Tar Heel and Carolina Week, student-run publications. She was awarded various journalism internships as an investigative researcher at a TV station in Raleigh/Durham, a reporter/translator at Deutsche Presse Agentur (German Press Agency) in Washington while taking classes at Georgetown University through The Fund for American Studies, and as an intern at ZDF (German TV) in Berlin while studying at Freie Universität through InternXchange.
Alana graduated with a B.A. as a double major in broadcast journalism and psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also completed the Honors Carolina and Public Service Scholars programs. Alana is a proud Tar Heel, avid traveler, voracious reader and devoted dog mom. She is a multilingual, native New Yorker who grew up in Richmond, Virginia.