Alex Shabad is an Emmy-nominated reporter and contributor to the Defenders investigative team at NBC Charlotte. His investigative stories have led to changes on both the local and state levels.

Prior to NBC Charlotte, Alex spent 5 years at Tegna sister station WZZM in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2016, Alex highlighted concerns by some Michigan firefighters about why the state would not allow them to carry Epipens when responding to life-threatening situation. That attention led the state to change its regulations.

In 2012, Alex uncovered numerous health and safety violations at a local motel in Holland, Michigan. After the story aired, the city shut down the motel until needed improvements were made.

Before Michigan, Alex’s TV career has taken him to Rockford, Illinois, Evansville, Indiana, and Grand Junction, Colorado. He began his career by interning at 20/20 in New York City and NBC5 Chicago.

Alex is originally from the Chicago suburbs. He now lives in Charlotte with his wife who continues to push him to get another companion: a dog. In his spare time, Alex enjoys trying new breweries, restaurants, working out, and going to the movies.

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