Alan Gionet has been in news for more than 20 years. He started in a small market in Mississippi where he lugged the camera and the video recording deck around, shot, wrote and edited stories; then put together the newscast.
He also anchored and reported in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he exposed deplorable conditions in the state’s foster care system resulting in more vigorous enforcement on behalf of children.
Prior to his first stint at CBS4 in the early 1990s, Alan worked as an investigative reporter in Providence, Rhode Island, where he exposed tax breaks for non-profits.
While at CBS4 in the 1990s, Alan reported extensively on forest fires and was the first to report that the firefighters killed on Storm King Mountain did not get critical information about the changing weather conditions that put them in danger. He also showed how registered sex offenders were often not living where they showed their registered addresses.
In the late 1990s, Alan left to serve as main anchor in Jacksonville, Florida where he was later also named nightside managing editor. He logged many hours during hurricanes and the 2000 election controversy, when he first revealed voting irregularities in Duval County. His reporting on endangered North Atlantic right whales brought national focus to a little-known species which has only an estimated 300 whales left. His newscasts won a long list of awards including Emmys and Edward R. Murrow Awards and individually Alan has won numerous awards for everything from spot news to feature stories.
Alan returned to CBS4 in the 2000s and is glad to be back in Colorado with his wife and four children. His love of journalism is surpassed only by his love of fatherhood. He reads extensively, plays blues harmonica and hockey and runs regularly. Each year he tries to summit more of Colorado’s 14ers.
“If you’re a television journalist, CBS4 is recognized as one of the greatest places to work the nation, because of the quality of reporting, the videography and the team atmosphere,” Alan says. “This is a great group of people who are smart and care about the Colorado I love.”
Alan holds a degree from Boston’s Emerson College where he studied broadcast journalism. He also studied at Harvard University Extension and the University of Massachusetts at Boston and Amherst.
Just The Facts
- • Dream job: That’s why I returned to CBS4. There’s no place I’d rather be.
• Favorite word: Understanding – intelligence is the ability to consider another’s point of view.
• Favorite noise: The sound of my children laughing
• Year hired: 1994 and again in 2006 (Four years on air at KCNC. 20 years in the news business.)
• First TV appearance: Tupelo, Mississippi
• First story: The death of an impoverished woman in Mississippi.
• Favorite story: All of our Good Question pieces, I learn every day.
• Most memorable interview: An African-American high school principal in Mississippi who said after a racial incident: “Show me a man who who has a problem with black people and I’ll show you a man with a problem with all people.”
• Dream interview: Meriwether Lewis
• Star sign: Virgo
• Why I am a journalist: I love the craft of storytelling.
• Hidden talent: With four kids, going anywhere takes an Eisenhower-like ability with logistics.
• Hometown: Pittsfield, Mass.
• Number of children: Four
• Hobbies: Reading, running, climbing, hockey, biking, anything with my kids
• Favorite food: Burrito
• Favorite musician: James Taylor
• Number of siblings: Four
• Number of pets: One dog
• Favorite sports team: Avalanche, I’m an old hockey player.
• Favorite author: Joseph Mitchell
• Favorite vacation spot: Anything I haven’t discovered in Colorado
• What one word best describes CBS4: Teamwork
• Least favorite household chore: Cleaning up after the dog
• Least favorite word: Hate – I hate it.
• Least favorite noise: Loud motors in the mountains
• What’s on your iPod? Running tunes, blues & Beatles
• What keeps you in Colorado? The wide open spaces and open minds
• What’s the biggest risk you’ve taken? I’ve been in a couple of spots on 14ers I wish I’d avoided.
• Who would play you in a movie? If I get to pick, let’s make it Jason Bourne.
For CBS4’s Alan Gionet, shoveling snow off his driveway in Evergreen always brings to mind memories of his older brother Dave who died from cancer in 2008.