Sandra Ali

Published On: Jul 25 2013 01:33:43 PM EDT   Updated On: Dec 17 2013 01:13:26 PM EST

Sandra Ali is an anchor for Local 4 News at 6 & 11 p.m. on the weekends.

Sandra Ali is an award-winning anchor and reporter who has made several regular network appearances on the Fox News channel, CNN, AND CNN Headline News. 

Sandra was born in New York City, but spent the early part of her childhood growing up in Egypt. She’s often asked by various community groups and national television outlets to share her experiences as a professional Arab-American woman balancing Middle Eastern and western cultures.

Sandra graduated summa cum laude from Syracuse University’s prestigious S.I. Newhouse School of Journalism when she was 20. For her 21st birthday, she followed up with a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

From there, Sandra went on to her first job in television, at the CBS affiliate, in Altoona Pennsylvania. After two years it was time to move on to the Motor City to anchor the top-rated weekend editions of "Fox 2 News at 6" and "Fox 2 News at 10" as well as report for Fox 2 News.

Ali won the Associated Press award for Best Hard News Reporter in 2002, as well as Michigan’s Association of Broadcasters’ award for Best Breaking News Reporter in 2003. Ali also landed major interviews at the time with then Secretary of State Colin Powell, the Queen of Jordan and former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, all while in Detroit.

Sandra joined the NBC affiliate in Cincinnati, Ohio in August 2004 as the station’s main anchor, anchoring the station’s 5, 6 and 11p.m. newscasts.

After spending 6 years as a primary anchor, Sandra and her family moved back to Detroit and WDIV. 

She has two young children. 

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Other ways to contact Sandra:

Twitter:  @Sandraalitv


  • Favorite Vacation Spot in Michigan: Detroit. "I love taking my family on the Detroit People Mover to a game or a show downtown. It's also a great way to show off to family and friends that are in town visiting."
  • Favorite Book: The color of water  
  • Favorite Movie: Life is beautiful
  • Favorite Song : :The Move" Beastie Boy


IMAGES: Sandra Ali on the job


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