Alicia Vitarelli, 6abc Action News anchor and Villanova grad, talks parades, pasta and her on-air secret weapons.
You wear a lot of hats at Action News. [Laughs.] I do—I’m like a utility player. I’m always on weekdays at 4 as a third anchor and do the Big Talkers segment, sort of a good-news moment in the midst of hard news. I anchor weekend mornings if someone needs me to fill in. And I co-host the local lifestyle show FYI Philly, so I lm that in the mornings.
You’re also co-hosting the 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade. What’s your holiday like? It’s a bright and early call time. en Adam (Joseph) and I ride around in a golf cart all day, nding people in the crowd who tweet us. Last year, I hopped a fence to get home to load my family in the car and hit the New Jersey Turnpike to be in Brooklyn for dinner at 3. We’re Italian so we have this big American anksgiving with Italian dishes.
We hear you love parades. This is is my 17th year in the business, and I’ve hosted parades everywhere I’ve worked. My rst one was the Columbus Day Parade in my hometown, Staten Island. ere’s no better show of pride in a community than a parade.
Any TV style secrets? I’m fueled by coee and concealer! And I always wear dresses—I hate pants.
Where might we find you on a Friday night? My husband, Matthew, and I are foodies. We like to have early dinners so we can bring our daughter Priscilla. We have a soft spot for Amis. It was the rst restaurant we went to in Philly after my interview at 6abc.
What do you love about Philly? From the second I walked in the door at 6abc in 2010, my mission was to tell the stories of the people who pour their heart and souls in their businesses, from fth-generation owners to startups. It’s one of my favorite FYI segments, “Made in Philly.” e sweat equity in this town is so impressive.