Watching Megan Colarossi as the new co-host of Fox 11’s Good Day LA is like having morning coffee with a friend. She’s smart, engaging, funny and, most of all, genuine.
The Fullerton native is also incredibly cheerful for so early (the three-hour program starts at 7am). Maybe because taking top billing at a highly rated L.A.-based news and entertainment show checks all her dream-job boxes. “The beauty of morning news is that you can be a journalist, but you can also have a heart,” she says. “The dance moves [and] laughter between us are real.”
Colarossi took the career path less traveled to her current role. After attending Sunny Hills High School in Fullerton, she went to Vanderbilt University (thinking she’d go into politics but getting hooked on journalism). She landed her first off-camera news gig at CNN and worked her way up. She later took a senior position at MTV. Between the two networks, Colarossi interviewed hundreds of heavy hitters and even served as an embedded MTV News producer during the second Iraq War.
She left journalism after nearly a decade so she could provide more stability to her family. But she stayed busy. (She co-wrote a novel, among other efforts.) In 2013, college pal and TV personality Willie Geist asked her to co-host a segment on NBC’s Today Show. That led to a stint on The Meredith Vieira Show. Next: L.A.
There’s not much Colarossi doesn’t get excited about with her job. The commute from her Manhattan Beach home to the studios is 15 minutes. “Well, I do leave at 4:30am”—in sweatpants and a ponytail, she says. Colarossi also enjoys the mix of breaking news (last fall’s SoCal wildfires happened her first week) and lighter fare. And she’s off by 10:30am for Pilates and family bonding. “I love the hours because I not only get to do what I love,” she says, “but I [also] will be able to spend... time with my girls.”