Pilar Arias joined KSAT 12 in June 2015 as an investigative multimedia journalist reporter for the Defenders unit.
Born and raised in Mesa, Arizona, Pilar graduated from Westwood High School in 2006. After high school, she started college at Northern Arizona University as a pre-med student; she wanted to be an optometrist. After taking precalculus and chemistry, Pilar decided to pursue another career path.
She changed her major to journalism and transferred to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in 2008. Pilar participated in the award-winning live student-produced show "Cronkite NewsWatch" as floor director, web coordinator and multimedia journalist. She also interned at KPHO-TV and Gilbert Hospital. Pilar received her Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism with a minor in women's studies in 2010.
Pilar has worked every type of job in the industry you can imagine. One of the first was as a photographer/studio crew member for the nationally syndicated show "Right This Minute." She had a one-year multimedia journalist reporter position in Beaumont, Texas, and then Pilar went home to Phoenix to work for Independent Newsmedia Inc. as a newspaper reporter and 92.3 FM KTAR News Radio as an anchor/reporter.
After she realized she missed working in television news so much, Pilar moved to work for KOLD/KMSB-TV in Tucson, Arizona, as a web producer and assignment desk editor. She then moved to West Texas to work for the ABC affiliate in El Paso for a year and a half. As a Texas transplant, Pilar is excited to get to know the third city she's lived in the Lone Star State. In her free time she likes to hike, play tennis, watch movies and shop.