Liz Kotalik is an Arizona native who joined the 9NEWS team in January 2018.
You can see her reporting and anchoring for the morning show during the weekdays. If it's below 75 degrees, you'll see her shivering in the process.
She covers a variety of topics during her day: from the serious stories that break in the middle of the night, to the ones that put a smile on your face. Liz loves being a part of your morning routine, even if that means setting her alarm for 2 o'clock in the morning.
She graduated from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism in 2012 where she majored in broadcast journalism and minored in political science. She interned with CNN and 48 Hours, but officially began her career as a multimedia journalist at KGUN9 in Tucson. She later became the morning anchor on both ABC and the CW. During her time in Southern Arizona, she covered the border, crime, politics and human interest stories. She won an AP award for a piece she wrote about a tiny town enveloped by a mysterious, nation-wide hoax.
After three years in Tucson, Liz went home to Phoenix where she reported and anchored for the Fox 10 morning show she grew up watching. There, she covered wildfires and presidential visits, dance classes and local charities. She even went live from the first day of school at ASU (where she surprised her freshman sister with an impromptu local news cameo). This type of range is why Liz loves working on a morning show. She is so excited to continue that coffee-filled path here in Denver.
Liz is beyond honored to be a part of a newsroom filled with revered photojournalists, reporters and anchors. Newsies everywhere admire the work here at 9NEWS, and it doesn't hurt that it's all happening in one of the most beautiful cities in the country.
In her spare time, Liz enjoys going on two-week exercise kicks. At some point in her life, she plans on running the New York City Marathon. She's working on it…but, you'll most likely see her eating pizza at Cart Driver.