It’s easy to see why celebrities connect with Alicia Quarles, the New York based correspondent for E! News. She has a knack for making stars like Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp comfortable, yet is able to pull newsworthy and revealing tidbits that are more than entertainment fluff.
When Madonna wanted to break news about her clothing line with daughter Lola, she went to just one journalist: Alicia Quarles. When Jennifer Lopez performed for the first time in Dubai, Alicia Quarles was the only journalist who received unparalleled access to the singer as well as her family. How many people can say they spent Thanksgiving with J Lo?
Quarles joined E! from the Associated Press where she was the Global Entertainment and Lifestyles Editor, overseeing a staff of more than 60 people, as well as anchoring their live coverage of the Oscars and Grammys. Quarles has traveled the globe for sit-down interviews with some of pop culture’s most fascinating names and was also an integral part in covering President Obama’s inauguration, the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Sonia Sotomayor, and the death of Michael Jackson and its aftermath. In addition to her duties at E!, Quarles is a regular on the Today Show and MSNBC.
She has had nothing short of a meteoric rise since she graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California. After graduation, she accepted a position with Associated Press Television as an entertainment reporter and producer in Los Angeles. While there, she covered major events such as the Grammys, Academy Awards, Billboard Awards, death of President Reagan, and the Golden Globes, just to name a few.
Quarles has garnered respect, admiration and genuine affection from her peers, top publicists, managers and other key players in the industry. She has won her reputation with her sterling work, her gregarious nature and her determination to be the best, and to put out the best work.