Fullerton Native Megan Colarossi Greets Viewers as Host on ‘Good Day L.A.’

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Megan Colarossi wakes up at 4 a.m. weekdays, prepares segments with producers, and spends the morning discussing news, interviewing celebs, and bantering with co-host Vanessa Borge on air. As for weekends? She loves to take her kids to O.C. beaches or to her parents’ home in Rancho Mission Viejo.

What led you to TV news?
While I was at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., I got an internship at the local ABC station, WKRN. One of my first assignments was to interview James Earl Ray in prison. He was the man who killed Martin Luther King Jr. It was a surreal moment for me, and from that point on, I was hooked. I went on to work for CNN—working my way up to a producer in the Los Angeles, Atlanta, and New York bureaus. Then I landed at MTV News in New York as the assistant managing editor and senior producer. For the next seven years, I traveled the world covering stories such as the second Iraq War and the tsunami in Sri Lanka.

How did you end up on NBC’s “Today”?
Willie Geist and I were college friends, and we had worked together at CNN as producers, but I never dreamed of going in front of the camera. One night out at dinner and after a glass of wine (or two), he asked me to go on the “Today” show with him, and I didn’t take him seriously. I had quit working in TV four years prior, and I was happy being a stay-at-home mom. But the next day, he told me that I had to come in to meet his bosses at NBC. And the following week, I was on national television doing a segment called “Friendly Advice.” After that, Meredith Vieira called and asked me to come try out for her talk show, and I got it. And the rest is history!

What are some of your favorite experiences on “Good Day L.A.”?
I have been an anchor on “Good Day L.A.” for just over a year, but my list is pretty long. A few of my favorite moments would have to be: grape stomping for charity, interviewing Melanie Griffith for her role in “The Graduate” at the Laguna Playhouse, and broadcasting live at Dodger Stadium during the 2018 World Series. Oh, and I’m a huge fan of the show “Veep,” and I got to meet Tony Hale, who plays Gary. He lived up to every expectation and more!

What’s something viewers might not know about hosting a talk show?
You have to read anything and everything. Our job is to inform the community about what is going on, so knowledge is power, especially in the news business. From newspapers, magazines, and social media, I am constantly reading and trying to remember nuggets of information. Pop culture is also a big part of my world. I have to watch copious amounts of “The Real Housewives” for “work.” My favorites are, of course, the ladies from O.C.!

Any upcoming projects?
I am possibly working on another book. Back in 2007, I co-wrote a novel called “Spooning: The Cooking Club Divas Turn Up the Heat.” It was loosely based on my cooking club with friends in New York City in my 20s. Let’s just say a lot has happened in the past 20 years since those single days in the city. From covering war zones and interviewing presidents and rock stars to getting married, having kids, getting divorced, starting over, moving across the country back home, and landing my dream job—my arsenal of wild but relatable stories is deep.

Favorite spot in O.C.?
Well, my two little girls would say Disneyland, but my favorite spot is Thousand Steps Beach in Laguna. Every summer, my mom would pack PB&J sandwiches and we’d pile into our station wagon and head to the beach for the entire day. I love taking my girls there because it is exactly how I remember it! It’s comforting to see that some things never change.

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