Alicia Barnes (Anchor)

Anchor, 6 and 11 PM


I joined the ABC Columbia family in May 2008 as a Primary Anchor. I co-anchor the evening news, at ABC Columbia's downtown Street Side Studio on Main & Gervais, Weekdays at 6 & 11 PM.

This is the second time I have come back to live in the Great State of South Carolina! I am a graduate of Clemson University where I pledged Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

If you're an early riser, from 6am to 10am I deliver morning news updates on The BIG DM 101 FM (Steve Harvey Morning Show), and on HOT 103.9 FM (The Breakfast Club).

I started my news career as an intern at WLNS-TV in Lansing, Michigan. I also worked as a freelance reporter for WKBD-TV in Detroit while juggling a full-time pharmaceutical sales career and earning my MBA from Wayne State University.

After my stint in Michigan, I relocated back to my hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. While in Atlanta, I was a General Assignment Reporter for the NBC Affiliate, WXIA-TV and a Freelance Reporter for FOX 5. During my 3 years back in Atlanta, I covered some of Georgia's worst Natural Disasters.

After my time in Atlanta, I joined the NBC O&O, KNSD and the CW affiliate KSWB-TV in San Diego, California as the Weekend Anchor. In the January 2007 Platinum Awards Issue of 944 Magazine, I was voted San Diego's Favorite Female Newscaster. Since moving to Columbia, I have been on the cover of Columbia Living Magazine twice. And, I have been featured in Columbia Metropolitan Magazine several times.

My proudest moment during my news career, was serving as a Torchbearer, carrying the Olympic flame through my hometown of Atlanta , Georgia for the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.

I feel it is my duty to give back. So, I am very active in the community. I serve on the Palmetto Health Foundation Board, I was the 2015 Co-Chair of the Winter Gala for EdVenture Children's Museum, which is called FROST. I have a philanthropic spirit and have donated to The Columbia Museum of Art, EdVenture Children's Museum, Pawmetto Lifeline, Palmetto Health Foundation and IPTAY at Clemson University.

When I am not on camera delivering the news I enjoy spending time with my husband, Jacob John. We love Columbia so much, we were married on Coble Plaza at Riverfront Park. We live in Lexington and love the you will most likely find us on Lake Murray.

You can email me at

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