Alex Fees is a multi-skilled journalist for Today in St. Louis at 5 On Your Side in St. Louis, Missouri.
Alex first came to 5 On Your Side in 1998 and spent 15 years working as a freelance journalist for all shifts and shows. He then left for seven years to work in education, first as a communications specialist in the Mehlville School District and then as the executive communications director for the Rockwood School District.
In 2020, Alex returned to 5 On Your Side as vacation relief, and in March 2022 accepted a full-time role as a multi-skilled journalist on Today in St. Louis.
Originally from Union, Missouri, Alex earned a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from Southeast Missouri State University and worked at television stations in Keokuk, Iowa; Sioux City, Iowa; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Omaha. As a native of the St. Louis area, moving home and working for the television station he watched growing up was always his goal.
Alex says his favorite part of his job is surprising the subject of a story with how impactful it can be for them.
“People don’t always understand what we do,” said Alex. “On a regular basis, we get an opportunity to truly impact people’s lives through video storytelling. I love getting the phone call or email saying, ‘I had no idea…’ You can’t get from a social media platform all the benefit an organization like 5 On Your Side can provide.”
Alex has always enjoyed writing, which has served him well as a journalist and video storyteller. One of the stories he’s most proud of reporting is a three-part series he produced on U.S. Marine and former Iranian hostage Rocky Sickmann.
“The Iranian hostage crisis happened while I was in high school, and the ongoing coverage of that event made quite an impression on me,” said Alex.
5 On Your Side is also entwined in many of Alex’s personal memories. He met his wife, Rachel, through his friend, KSDK photojournalist Andy Sidwell, and he was standing in the newsroom talking with former Today in St. Louis anchor Jennifer Blome when he got the call from his brother telling him their father died.