Ari moved to the United States when he was 5 years old from Russia, and spent most of his childhood playing sports in the backyard of his small Iowa hometown. He probably picked up most of his English from watching Iowa Hawkeyes' games on TV.
Ari graduated in May 2013 from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
Prior to joining Action News 5, Ari was part of the KOMU-TV sports team in Columbia. He won two Mid-America Emmy Awards in the category of student production, along with a national and regional RTDNA Mark of Excellence Award in television sports reporting.
After a short stint as a freelance sports reporter in Cedar Rapids, Iowa at KCRG-TV, Ari came to the Bluff City excited to cover the Grizzlies, Tigers, and everything else the Mid-South has to offer.
Ari loves golfing, playing pickup hoops, hip hop music, and sushi. Not necessarily in that order. Mostly, he loves talking sports, so join the discussion on Twitter @AriA1exander or e-mail him at email@example.com.