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Alcorn: 'This is my stepping stone'

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sikeston native and broadcast journalist Cody Alcorn poses with his Emmy award following his win for his feature news report at the 2010 Southeast Regional Emmy Awards June 26 in Atlanta. Alcorn is the co-anchor of The Morning News and a reporter for WHNS FOX Carolina in Greenville, S.C. Submitted Photo
SIKESTON -- Winning his first Emmy award last month was a major career highlight for broadcast journalist and Sikeston native Cody Alcorn.

But the 27-year-old news anchor and reporter for the FOX affiliate, WHNS FOX Carolina, in Greenville, S.C., said he has more to prove -- to the industry and to himself.

"I don't have a big head, and I'm still down to earth," Alcorn assured. "I'm not there yet, and this (Emmy) is my stepping stone."

Alcorn won the award for his feature news report, "Nothing Left To Lose." Making the victory even sweeter was the fact all of his fellow nominees were from a larger Atlanta-based station.

Alcorn's Emmy-winning piece told the story of a young woman who lost her state trooper husband and infant child within a few months' time.

"It was showing people you never know what's going to happen from day to day. She met the man of her dreams, married him, had their son, and within four or five months, it was all ripped away from her," said Alcorn, who admitted he still watches the video when he needs a reality check.

Alcorn said the Emmy award sits in his bedroom and serves as a reminder of the hard work and time he's already put into his career which began only a few years ago.

"I won it, and it will always be with me, but the reality is it's just a statue. That Emmy is not going to get me there," he said, adding he normally really isn't into awards but decided to give them a try this year.

Alcorn, who is the son of Mary Lynn Alcorn of Sikeston and Denny Alcorn of Morley, went to school at The University of Tennessee at Martin, where he graduated with a bachelor's of arts degree in communications.

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