- November 28, 2012
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Cody Alcorn is the co-anchor of Lauren Elise on The Morning News weekdays from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Cody grew up in Sikeston, Mo., and went to school at The University of Tennessee at Martin, where he graduated with a bachelor’s of arts degree in communications.
Before moving to Greenville, Cody worked in Jackson, TN, where he was a co-anchor of the morning news at WBBJ-TV.
In July 2006, Cody joined FOX Carolina as a reporter and anchor. About four years later, Cody joined The Morning News team as an anchor.
Cody starts his day at 2 a.m. – that is if he remembers to set his alarm clock. The one question Cody said he frequently is asked is, “How do you do it?”
“You never really get use to waking up at 2 a.m. You just do it,” Cody said. “It’s so sad that my first instinct when that alarm goes off is to grab my phone check Twitter, Facebook and email to see what happened while I was sleeping.”
While Cody works the early morning hours he’s often seen around the newsroom throughout the day. He works on stories you sometimes see on The Ten O’Clock News, including his new series called “Inside The Investigation,” which takes viewers inside open, unsolved homicide cases across the Carolinas.
Cody has reported on some of the Upstate’s biggest stories, including a shoot-out between Greenville police and a carjacking suspect that put numerous area schools on lockdown and an hours long manhunt. He reported from Columbia when musician Travis Barker and DJ AM’s airplane crashed during take off. He also reported live from the scene of a 13-hour standoff at a Madison, GA, motel which stemmed from an Amber Alert in South Carolina. Cody was also part of the FOX Carolina team that reported live from Washington during President Barack Obama’s inauguration.
- Southeast Emmy Award Outstanding Achievement Television News Gathering Excellence “Feature News Report.”
- Associated Press Award for Series for his reports on “Operation Rolling Thunder”
- Associated Press Award for Investigative Reporting for his reports on “Online Prostitution”
On the weekends, I love to: Spend time with my child, which is a 90 pound pit bull mix named Gunther.
Hobbies: Before news consumed my life, I team-roped, calf-roped and just enjoyed taking an afternoon ride on my horses back home.
Most memorable story: I would have to say the search for 4-year-old Javeion Mayes near downtown Greenville in 2007 really sticks out in my mind. For two days, in 100 degree temperatures, I was out there, along with my colleagues, as hundreds of law enforcement and citizens searched for Javeion. I was actually in the woods filming search crews when they found his body less than a few hundred feet from where I was standing. I won’t forget the screams as law enforcement officers yelled, “We found the body!” To see a mother learn her baby has been found dead is unforgettable. No parent should ever have to endure that. It’s hard to separate yourself from stories when it involves innocent children who have their whole lives ahead of them. I just remember standing there and thinking how could anyone have killed this little guy. It’s a story I will certainly never forget.