Reporter Murdered On Live TV This Morning Was Member Of Alpha Phi

Alpha Phi

This morning, Alison Parker, a news reporter for WDBJ7-TV in Roanoke, Virginia, set off to cover an early morning story with cameraman Adam Ward. It wasn’t anything Earth-shattering. It was about a resort. Normal news for an audience who was sleepily looking at the television while sipping coffee and wishing it was Friday. It was a normal reporting day for some extraordinary people.

Until it wasn’t.

Around 6:45 a.m. is when the tragedy struck.

The entire news station, and people across the country are in complete shock over this event.

Alison, who had just turned 24, graduated from James Madison University and was a sister of Alpha Phi. In her days there she was very involved with the sorority. According to LinkedIn, she was the Vice President of Marketing, Collegiate Perspective Blogger, and Director of Online Media for her organization. In addition to her influence in Greek life, she was very involved on campus and in the community. As the news station reflected, she’s described as being loud (naturally) and that “they could hear her coming from a mile away.” She was passionate and driven and always had a smile on her face. She was what a sister should be.

Her boyfriend, and fellow news anchor, Chris Hurst, tweeted about the tragedy this morning.

Her cameraman, Adam, was engaged to a fellow employee. Today was his fiancé’s last day at the station, and they were planning to have a party to celebrate this afternoon. The two were moving to Charlotte together to start a new life. Today is a sad day for Greek life, media, and our nation. Our thoughts are with the families of Alison Parker and Adam Ward and the Alpha Phi sorority.

[via WDBJ7,]

Image via WDBJ7

Email this to a friend

Rachel Varina

(yeahokaywhat) Aspiring to be the next Tina Fey, Rachel spends her free time doing nothing to reach that goal. While judging people based on how they use "they're" vs. "there" on social media, she likes eating buffalo chicken dip, watching other people's Netflix, and wearing sweatpants way more than is socially acceptable.

For More Photos and Videos

Latest podcasts

New Stories

Load More