Alicia Tarancon is thrilled to trade in her snow boots for flip flops and be back home in the Sunshine State. She joined the Action News Jax team as a general assignment reporter in December 2018.
Prior to coming to work in Jacksonville, she worked as a reporter and fill-in anchor at KCRG-TV9 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
While she was working there, she covered devastating tornado and storm damage, including the EF-3 tornado that ripped through downtown Marshalltown in July 2018. Alicia also covered the disappearance and murder of Mollie Tibbetts, the University of Iowa student who was last seen in July 2018 in her hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa.
Alicia also won an IBNA (Iowa Broadcast News Association) award on her work investigating an invasive "super-weed" called Palmer amaranth and how it could impact Iowa's nearly $14 billion corn and soybean crops industry.
Before coming to Iowa, Alicia began her reporting career in Gainesville, Florida at CBS 4 where she covered everything from Donald Trump's campaign rally in Ocala to Hurricane Hermine and the Zika virus.
Alicia earned her Master's degree in International Affairs at Georgetown University and her bachelor's degree in Journalism from George Mason University.
She was born in Daytona Beach, but because Alicia grew up a "military brat" she was raised in Hawaii, Kentucky, Alabama, Alaska, Oregon, Florida and Virginia.
Alicia can also fly drones and is a FAA certified drone pilot.
She has also interned at ABC News and CNN in Washington D.C. and worked as a web editor and overnight producer at WNEW 99.1 FM, a 24-hour news station covering news across the district.
On her days off, Alicia enjoys yoga, reading, traveling, hanging out with her friends and visiting her family in Tampa, Ormond Beach, and Fort Myers. She's also a huge foodie and is always up for trying new things.
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