Marlena Hamilton

Anchor & Reporter

Marlena Hamilton joined the WLTZ First News team in January 2017 and currently anchors WLTZ First News Today weekday mornings from 5-7am ET.

She was born and raised in Orange County, California.  She attended the University of Arizona (Go Wildcats!) where she studied Journalism and minored in Political Science and Psychology. During her internships there, Marlena covered big stories all along the Mexico border, the Tucson shooting involving Congressman Gabby Giffords, and Occupy Tucson.

Marlena then headed across the country to start her career at WBKB in Alpena, a small town in northern Michigan, where she did everything from reporting to anchoring and even weather on the weekends.

Warm weather called Marlena to her next job in the Lone Star State.  She reported and anchored weekend newscasts for KETK in Tyler, Texas and WVLA in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  During her time there, she covered an array of stories from the Kaufman County murders, featured on Dateline NBC, to the controversy surrounding the Church of Wells, and Catherine Grove.  She also interviewed Texas Senator Ted Cruz, U.S. Senator John Cornyn, and Texas Governor Greg Abbott, among many others.

After two years in East Texas, Marlena headed to Central Texas to report for KWTX in Waco.  She was soon promoted to the 3 p.m. anchor spot.  She produced and hosted many different guests from bands to cooks, to fashion designers, and pet adoption centers (where she adopted her 130 pound Great Pyrenees/Lab Mix, Bradley).  Marlena’s effort saw that broadcast grow from #3 spot to the #1 spot.

Marlena, along with Bradley and two cats, live in Columbus.

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