Alicia Bettes is the Broadcaster Manager and on-air talent for the AccuWeather Network. She is a native Chicagoan with more than 25 years of experience in broadcast journalism. Alicia honed her broadcasting skills at Illinois State University, in Normal, IL, where she balanced working for the campus tv and radio stations as a reporter, anchor, producer and show host. Upon graduation, she landed her first job right out of college as a music director, show host and commentator at a radio station in Peoria, Illinois.
Alicia's next career move opened the door to her working in television news. She began her career wearing multiple hats and learning the craft inside and out. Throughout her broadcasting journey, she has worked as a reporter, producer, executive producer, media relations manager, communications instructor and an assistant news director, in several markets, including, Champaign, IL, Indianapolis, Birmingham, AL and Chicago.
In 2016, Alicia was named an ‘Emerging Leader’ by a former employer, an honor only 9 people in the entire company shared. To further strengthen her skills, she completed her master’s degree in management and leadership at Western Governors University, which she successfully completed in August 2018, just shy of six months after starting the program! She completed her MBA one year later.
When Alicia is not working with AccuWeather’s television broadcasters/meteorologists, you can hear her voice throughout the country on radio stations, via AccuWeather’s radio services division. Her hobbies outside work include attending and teaching fitness classes and mentoring several young journalists. She is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) and a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the first African American sorority for college-educated women.