MEET THE TEAM
Alexander Bitterling is from the tiny town of Portland, in middle Tennessee. He is thrilled to be a part of the 39 News team and share the stories of residents in West Tennessee.
Alexander is a 2021 graduate from Union University in Jackson where he majored in Broadcast Journalism and Christian Studies.
He is passionate about people, telling their stories, and connecting with the community.
When not reporting he enjoys sports, spending time with his friends and family, serving at church, and experiencing nature.
If you see Alexander out in the city, be sure to say hello and connect with him on social media.
Steve Beverly is a very familiar face to West Tennessee and currently serves as a freelance contributor to WNBJ 39 News. He recently retired from Union University this year after 50 years in news and sports broadcasting, mostly in television. Of those 50 years, the last 28 of those years as a professor of broadcast journalism at Union. Prior to Union University Steve served as News Director of WBBJ. He’s also host, creator and executive producer of Steve Beverly’s TV Classics seen on local television.
A native of Waycross, Georgia, Beverly began his work in broadcasting as a student at Valdosta State and later, the University of Georgia. His first TV job was at WRBL in Columbus, Georgia. He earned 15 AP and UPI awards for journalism. His top interviews include professional athletes Larry Holmes, Lee Trevino, Tom Watson, Wilma Rudolph, Harvey Glance, Joe Meriwether, David Pearson, and Andre the Giant.
In 1993 he began working at Union and in that season, he became the television voice of Union basketball for the next 25 years.
WNBJ 39 News anchor Harriet Wallace is an award-winning, multimedia veteran journalist. Included in her list of honors is recognition for being a finalist for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in journalism. She is one of the unique journalists who has excelled on all platforms - radio, print, TV, and online. In addition to anchoring for 39 News, Harriet is also a candidate for her Ph.D. in Public Administration with an emphasis on policy analysis.
She has been at the forefront of some of the nation's biggest stories - Hurricane Katrina, the Virginia Tech shootings, Hillary Clinton's first presidential announcement, and the historic 2010 Nashville Flood. She was one of the first to break Hillary Clinton's news of her first run for president.
Harriet's style of journalism, which is blended with the right dose of passion and power, has helped transform legislation, restore hope and bring about change for some of America's disenfranchised communities.
She lives on the cutting edge of journalism, infusing technology and social media into every story she tells and every interview she conducts. Her eye for detail, consistency, creativity, and truth have won national awards, including three Emmys for newscast producing.
In 2018, she made history as the first African American to host an original talk show on in Nashville. She is happily married to Scott Wallace with whom she co-owns Wallace Media Group. Together, they produce radio and television programming and have helped put dozens of kids through college by helping them realize their potential and attracting college recruiters to that potential.
Scott is from Big Sky Country -- the beautiful state of Montana.
He got his start in TV news at his hometown NBC station, working as a reporter, producer, and anchor. Some of his most memorable assignments there include going on a Big Sky Honor Flight with World War II veterans to Washington, D.C.; a rockslide that shut down the Beartooth Highway, the famous scenic road to Yellowstone National Park; and a colorful four-way U.S. Senate race. He has also anchored for stations in Florida, Louisiana, and Utah.
Scott graduated from Wheaton College in the west suburbs of Chicago, playing on the ice hockey club team and several intramural teams, as well as singing in the Men's Glee Club.
When he's not at the office, you might find him watching a football or hockey game, at the gym, on a hike, or planning his next international adventure.
Anne is from Ft. Myers, Florida and has worked at TV stations all across the Sunshine State. Most recently she was an anchor in Tampa. She's also anchored in Tallahassee, Gainesville, and worked as a reporter in Ft. Myers.
Her work has been recognized by several first place awards from the Associated Press and the Society of Professional Journalists.
Anne graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Florida and was inducted into the UF Hall of Fame.
Anne is committed to volunteering and has dedicated her time to a number of organizations including the American Cancer Society and animal rescue groups.
She has her very own rescue best friend! He’s a Pomeranian-poodle mix who she tries to spend as much time as possible with. Anne also enjoys reading, going to the gym (ok, she doesn’t love the gym but she goes anyway!), and traveling with her husband, Michael.
Susie is passionate about communicating the science of weather. Susie began her career in the Fall of 2005 after graduating cum laude from the University of Miami with a B.S. in Meteorology/Mathematics. As a seasoned meteorologist, Susie specializes in broadcast weather as well as consulting meteorology. Susie grew up in Costa Rica and is bilingual (English/Spanish). She is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) and is on the bilingual CBM reviewing panel for the American Meteorological Society.
In her spare time, Susie enjoys traveling (especially to the national parks), camping, singing, and cycling. Most of all, she loves spending time with her husband, son, and dog.
Sam’s love of weather began when he was 12 years old during a severe weather outbreak at his family’s cabin in northern Minnesota. Back then, many years before cell phones, the only tool of information was the battery powered radio. He remembers that day the whole family was so afraid, unsure if during this outbreak the cabin would be hit by a tornado? He recalls sitting inside the cabin at the table, with a map, listening for storm reports; and then pinning the location of each report in an attempt to track the storms–something nowadays every radar app can easily do. Thankfully the cabin was spared that day. However, according to Sam there were many tornadoes reported nearby, and he did see a large funnel form and lower off a wall cloud just across the lake. He explains it was his first time seeing anything like it and that it was both majestic in beauty and yet horrifying in power. Sam said the fear from that experience was like the match that lit this flaming desire to know more about the weather and eventually serve others the best he could as a Meteorologist.
In addition to his love of weather Sam also enjoys sports and played collegiate basketball his first two years at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. He then finished his degree in biochemistry from the University of Minnesota and a certificate in Meteorology from the Graduate School. He then later obtained the National Weather Association Seal of Approval and has been working as a broadcast Meteorologist for over 15 years. When he is not working, he is usually spending time outdoors, off on some adventure with his beautiful wife, their son and their two dogs.
Todd earned his meteorology degree from St. Cloud State University and moved to Duluth, MN to cover lake effect snow storms along the shores of the coldest and deepest of the Great Lakes, Lake Superior. Soon after, he became Chief Meteorologist at a start-up station in Duluth, KQDS FOX21 News. Here he successfully created and launched the weather brand for the station that was Emmy nominated for best newscast in the Upper Midwest for 2007 and 2008. During his time in Duluth, he could have been heard giving weather reports to various local radio stations, seen in the local newspaper with his daily weather column, and surfed on the web with his daily weather blog. Todd’s passion for weather is clearly displayed during his on-air reports.
Alyssa was raised in Minnesota where she fell in love with all four seasons and took her love of math and science to the University of North Dakota where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Atmospheric Science.
Away from the green screen, Alyssa loves to spend time outdoors, whether that is hitting the lakes on her boat or skiing in the winter months. She has two dogs, Aspen and Phoebe, that she adores and loves to bring along on her adventures.
An experienced reporter and anchor whose career spans more than 15 years in broadcast news, Jennifer believes in the importance of local journalism.
After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin, she landed a job as a multimedia journalist in Sherman, Texas. She's worked as an anchor and reporter in cities large and small, including Dallas, Texas; Cleveland, Ohio; Jacksonville, Florida; and Columbia, South Carolina. She's traveled around the nation, and even overseas, telling stories that matter.
Jennifer's work has been recognized along the way. She's the recipient of two regional EMMY awards for reporting, an Edward R. Murrow award for writing, as well as awards from the Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists.
In her free time, Jennifer enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with her husband and young daughter.