Alanna Autler is an award-winning investigative reporter who joined the CBS 11 News i-Team in October 2018. She is guided by a simple mission: hold the powerful accountable.
Autler spent the previous four years at WSMV in Nashville, Tenn., as an investigative reporter. Her investigations into everything from political corruption to cold cases garnered four first place awards from the Associated Press. Most recently, her series on how frequently educators beat vulnerable students changed a state law. Tennessee legislators instituted a statewide ban on corporal punishment for students with disabilities.
When Autler exposed how top election officials were using public dollars for personal expenses, Metro Nashville government revamped its credit card policies to better protect taxpayer money. The commission’s chairman resigned just three days after Autler questioned him in an explosive interview.
Among the major stories she covered in Tennessee include the Chattanooga rampage, in which a gunman killed four Marines at a recruitment office. Autler also played a key role in reporting the shooting at a local Waffle House that left four customers dead.
Before Music City, Autler worked as a multimedia journalist in Charleston, W.Va. She led her station’s coverage of a massive chemical leak in 2014, devoting countless hours to investigating a contamination that left 300,000 people without clean drinking water. Highlighting the lack of government oversight played a part in community-driven changes following the disaster.
Autler earned a degree in journalism from Northwestern University. She, her husband, and their dog, Sophie, are enjoying everything Texas has to offer, especially the food!