The Cincinnati native graduated from the Ohio University E.W. Scripps School of journalism in May of 2014, where she majored in broadcast journalism with specializations in political science and theater. She is ecstatic to be back into the Scripps family.
During her time at OU, Alanna anchored for the student-run, nightly news program NewsWatch, at the school’s news station, WOUB. She also devoted many hours to her sorority, Chi Omega.
Prior to joining the RTV 6 team, Alanna was a multimedia journalist and anchor at KTTC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Rochester, Minnesota, where she reported many live shots during blizzards and covered A LOT of farm stories. As Rochester is the home of Mayo Clinic, she also discovered her passion for covering stories about those battling illness. Whether it be a story of someone overcoming health obstacles, or one about daily struggles in everyday life, it is these type of stories that she especially enjoys to share.
Alanna has interned with Local 12 News at WKRC-TV in Cincinnati a number of times, and spent a semester in New York City, where she interned at CNN with the Anderson Cooper 360 unit. At AC360 , Alanna was part of the team that produced a follow-up documentary to Lee Hirsch’s award-winning documentary “Bully”.
Alanna will always adore her Cincinnati Reds and Bengals, but she is open to becoming a fan of Indianapolis sports fan.
In her free time, you can catch her practicing yoga at Invoke (she likes being upside down more than right side up!), exploring the city, watching The Office, or hitting up the latest sports games. She also delights in playing the violin, taking long hikes, reading, and volunteering for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, as she was a wish recipient, herself. Her wish? To shadow the TODAY Show.
She is absolutely thrilled to be a part of our team here at RTV6, and to call Indianapolis her new home.
If you have a traffic tip or story idea, or just want to introduce yourself, feel free to reach Alanna at Alanna.Martella@WRTV.com or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.