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Ariana Cohen

Ariana knew she wanted to tell the news as an 8-year-old when she visited the CBS 8 studios.
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Ariana Cohen is a general assignment reporter and multiskilled journalist for CBS 8 KFMB-TV in San Diego, California.

Many years ago, Ariana's singer/musician father performed at CBS 8 studios as she sat at the anchor desk pretending to tell the news as an 8- year-old and that’s when her dream of becoming a San Diego news reporter was born.

That dream has become a reality as Ariana is now a three-time Emmy award-winning journalist.

She started her news career in Topeka, Kansas as an Anchor/Reporter. There, she covered multiple stories ranging from police shootings, tornadoes to President Obama at Air Force One and First Lady Michelle Obama’s visit to the Brown vs. Board of Education. She won a first-place Kansas Association of Broadcaster’s award for her in-depth reporting. 

Then, she ventured off to be a Morning Anchor in Spokane, Washington where she created her own entertainment segment called “The A-List.” She also covered President Trump’s visit to the city. After that, she became a Prime-time Evening Anchor in Jackson, Tennessee where she started a segment called “What’s New Wednesday” introducing new and local businesses. She also honored local heroes in her “Multiplying Good” segments. In Tennessee, she won the Best Local TV News Anchor award from 2017-2020. 

One of her biggest accomplishments is when she was selected to report at the Grammys and Academy Awards red carpets in Los Angeles where she interviewed numerous celebrities. 

She’s appeared on national T.V. shows including, “Snapped” on the Oxygen Channel, “Fear Thy Roommate” on Discovery ID and “Fatal Attraction” for her coverage on local true crime stories. 

Ariana is a Filipina-American. She takes pride in being a part of the Asian American Pacific Islander community. In fact, she emceed the Asian Media & Cultural Alliance Awards and Showcase in San Diego in 2021 and 2022. Ariana has also emceed The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women, fashion shows and banquets.  

Aside from CBS 8, she now runs her own creative content consulting company, The A-List, inc. where she uses everything she learned as a News Anchor/Reporter. 

Ariana grew up in San Diego and went to Torrey Pines High School. She graduated from the University of Kansas journalism school. She’s lived all over the city, including Rancho Bernardo, Del Mar, Carmel Valley, Hillcrest, Pacific Beach and downtown San Diego. She loves dancing. In fact she was once on a professional hip-hop team. She also loves traveling. She has been to 15 countries and now that she is back home, she is eager to tell stories in her hometown!

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