Alicia Wallace

Senior Writer, CNN Business

Alicia Wallace is a senior writer for CNN Business covering the economy and topics such as cannabis.


Alicia Wallace is a senior writer for CNN Business covering the economy and topics such as the emerging cannabis industry. Based in the Bay Area, she specializes in writing economy feature articles that blend data and the human experience. Her coverage also includes articles on bigger-picture developments in the emerging cannabis industry.

Before joining CNN, Wallace was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow at Columbia University in New York for the 2018-’19 academic year. Prior to being selected for the business journalism and economics fellowship, Wallace covered the cannabis industry from a national lens for The Denver Post and its web vertical, The Cannabist. There, she chronicled a multibillion-dollar industry enveloped in federal-state conflict, the implementation of novel state regimes, and the emergence of a federally illicit substance into mainstream marketplaces and businesses. In her time at The Denver Post and, before then, the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colorado, she served as a business reporter, covering a wide variety of industries such as natural products, tech, biopharma, retail, aerospace, and craft beer.

Wallace has won gold (2013) and silver (2018) awards from the National Association Real Estate Editors association and was selected for the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism Strictly Financial Fellowship (2011). She has also won numerous 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards from the Colorado Press Association, Colorado AP Editors and Reporters and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Wallace received a B.S. Journalism: News-Editorial with honors from the University of Colorado-Boulder. She also received a Certificate in Economics and Business Journalism from Columbia University.