Nicole Crites anchors the CBS 5 Morning News weekdays from 4:30 - 7:00 a.m. You will also find her anchoring the noon and reporting throughout the week.
When she's not bringing you the latest overnight headlines and talkers, she's working other sources and stories to try and bring context to news here in the valley.
Award winning and Emmy nominated for her breaking news and feature reports, Nicole joined CBS 5 News as a general assignment reporter in December 2004. A Tucson native, she returns to Arizona from anchoring mornings and reporting for KREM, the CBS affiliate in Spokane, Wash.
Nicole got her first job before even graduating from college at the University of Arizona. Yes, she is a Wildcat ... but she doesn't mind cheering-on the home team. Nicole worked her way up from high school intern to weekend assignment editor and reporter at KVOA in Tucson and also worked in New York City for the CBS newsmagazine, 48 Hours.
Here at CBS 5 News, Nicole broke the story about local police and firefighters abusing illegal steroids. More than challenging policy, her investigation resulted in steroids being added to the random drug screens for Phoenix officers and firefighters. She's worked the big stories, from the verdict to bankrupt the Aryan Nations to the deaths of four forest service firefighters in Washington's 30 Mile Fire and live reports from Manhattan after 9/11.
When she's not working, Nicole has her hands full with her daughter Callie and son Cayden. They are often the subject of her blogs and inspiration for her weekly MOMster Monday segments on the morning show. Oh the things kids say!
You might not guess, but Nicole is a hard core quilter. In the spare time she doesn't have since having kids, Nicole enjoys quilting baby blankets for family and friends and craft nights with other crafty mommas. Nicole has a passion for storytelling and loves meeting new people every day. She believes everyone has a story.