About Alice

 

     Alice Gainer is a three time New York EMMY nominated reporter and an anchor. This past January she joined WCBS-TV 2 NY from WNYW Fox 5 NY where she has been covering Superstorm Sandy cleanup, the shooting in Newtown CT, and other breaking, feature and general assignment stories. While at Fox, her reports were often seen nationally on Fox News Channel. Prior to Fox 5, she was a reporter for News 12 New Jersey’s weekday morning show, weekend morning anchor and producer/host of a segment she created called “Get Fit Fridays”.


     Born and raised in Northern New Jersey, Alice has been fortunate to reap the benefits of all that New Jersey and New York City has to offer. She played soccer all around the tri-state area, was an all-county swimmer in high school, attended the school of American Ballet and was even an understudy in an opera at The MET. (not for singing ..definitely not for singing - for acrobatics).

    

     During her formative years it was obvious Alice had a passion for news. After several stories for the middle school newspaper and some anchoring for the high school TV production class’s local news program that aired around town....she knew......she was going to college... for ART!


 

    

     Alice accepted a 4 year ARMY ROTC scholarship to Fordham University with a declared major in Fine Arts. But after discovering and working at Fordham’s NPR affiliated radio station WFUV 90.7fm her sophomore year, she realized what had been her true calling all along.


     While working for WFUV in college, Alice covered major news events in all of New York City’s five boroughs, NJ and CT alongside veteran reporters of the area. By her senior year she had won a prestigious “Gracie Allen” award for her radio anchoring. Other awards during that time include a PRNDI award for contribution to a series. While at Fordham she anchored the inaugural morning newscast at the campus’s television station start-up. She was also captain of the Fordham University Dance Team which competed nationally under her direction and appeared on programs like ESPN’s “Cold Pizza” and “MTV”.


     After college Alice continued her work in radio for NPR affiliate WBGO in Newark, NJ, as well as for MetroNetworks. Her reports were heard locally and nationally on WABC Radio, WOR Radio, Air America Satellite Radio and NPR. She also added a job as an Associate Producer for CNN affiliate News 12 New Jersey to the mix. After learning the ropes of local TV news, she made a tape and began her on-air TV reporting career. Two years later at the age of 25, Alice was nominated for a New York Emmy for “Live Reporter”. On February 6, 2013 she was nominated for a NY Emmy again for “On Camera Talent: Reporter: LIVE” as well as for “Health/Science News”. Other awards include a 1st Place Associated Press award as part of the WBGO election team and a 1st Place Associated Press Award for “Best Continuing Coverage” for her stories about an officer killed during a raid.


     Alice has also been on Fox Business Network, CNN, Reuters Insider, Fox News Channel and can be seen as an MSNBC anchor in the box office hit “The Bourne Legacy”. While at News 12 New Jersey she created a segment called “Get Fit Fridays” about making lifestyle changes and adopting a fitness routine, while enjoying New Jersey’s diverse scenery. Workouts featured include stand-up paddle surfing, horseback yoga, healthy cooking classes for children, mountain biking, archery and krav maga just to name a few. With obesity rates as high as they are, Alice is determined to inspire and encourage people to lead more active lives.


     Her passion is breaking news and is often praised by local officials and groups for always getting the facts correct, when others are just rushing to get it first. Alice once reported on a trench collapse rescue on-air for five hours straight and likewise spent an entire day reporting live on the six men plotting to attack Fort Dix. Other networks failed that day to get an interview with the father of one of the suspects, but Alice convinced him to talk. Her reports that day were seen on all of News 12 Networks and CNN. Alice regularly goes beyond the norm. While driving overnight in a snowstorm on poorly plowed roads to get to work - she totaled her car. Instead of worrying about the car, she told the tow truck to wait until her cameraman was able to reach her so that she could report on her own accident. As a result she received many emails and messages from people all around the state who stayed off the dangerous snowy roads after seeing her report.


     Alice is very involved in the tri-state area and regularly participates in various charity events and most recently moderated a town hall meeting in Newark (NJ’s largest city) between residents and the police department.