After reporting for Spectrum News in San Antonio, Texas for six years, Alese Underwood joined the Spectrum Bay News 9 team in October 2020 as a general assignment multimedia journalist.

As a reporter, Alese enjoys giving a voice to the people in her community and helping them tell their stories on multiple platforms. A self-proclaimed tech nerd at heart, Alese is on the forefront as a next generation multimedia journalist. Along with traditional news cameras, she thrives on shooting and editing her work using her iPhone. She is always looking for the next app and is constantly exploring new ways to elevate her storytelling with technology.    

Throughout her career, she has covered a number of memorable stories that have impacted the communities where she has lived and worked. The mass church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas however, impacted her both professionally and personally. Alese was boots on the ground for nearly a week and for the many follow-up stories that came after this tragedy.  In retrospect, she witnessed an immeasurable strength, faith, and grace in that community so much so that Alese believes it changed her as a reporter.

In addition to reporting in San Antonio, Texas, Alese also worked as journalist in Austin, Texas, Shreveport, LA and Erie, PA. A Pittsburgh native, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Chatham University located in her hometown and, yes, she loves all things Black & Gold.

As a journalist, Alese was named as one of the “Texas Top 50 Women to Watch” and garnered a Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Award for exemplary reporting.

Alese came to Tampa with her husband, who proudly serves in the U.S. Air Force, her beautiful daughter, Delaney and her rescue dog, Foxy, a corgi mix.  She is always excited to discover new places and things to in the Bay Area with her family. She also enjoys cross-fit style workouts and running with her pup.