A New Yorker Wrapped in Southern Charm
Mallory Hagan is a southern girl incognito. Born in Tennessee and raised in Alabama, growing up in Opelika was pretty much like a season of Friday Night Lights. An only child, with two hip parents, and a “village” for which she attributes much of her success, Mallory loves connecting to her small-town roots, and has recently moved back to Opelika after an 8 year stint in New York City.
Mallory's mother, owner of a successful dance studio, emphasized the importance of the performing arts at an early age. Mallory was no stranger to the stage, and it was that love of the spotlight that propelled a future she could have never imagined. After several summers spent traveling to New York for dance, at nineteen, she packed two suitcases and bought a one-way ticket to the Big Apple. After three years of waiting tables and finding her way in the world, Mallory was finally ready to head to school. But how?
The Miss America Organization! As a teen Mallory competed in the Miss America's Outstanding Teen program and eventually found her way back to the world of pageantry in New York. In June of 2012, Mallory won the title of Miss New York, and the following January, Miss America.
As Miss America 2013, Mallory traveled over 20,000 miles a month as the National Ambassador for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and an advocate for Child Sexual Abuse Prevention receiving numerous awards, including recognition at the 2013 Forbes Women of the Year Summit.
Since then, Mallory has used her Miss America scholarship dollars to continue her education, earning a degree in Advertising, Marketing and Communications from Fashion Institute of Technology.
In August of 2016, Mallory joined the team at WLTZ NBC 38 in Columbus, Georgia, as the Nightly News Co-Anchor. Mallory enjoys playing with her super-cute pup, Brooklyn, cheering for the Auburn Tigers (WarDamn!) and binging on Netflix series or two.