by Michael D. Reid, Victoria Times Colonist
After spending three years in New York co-anchoring CNN’s flagship morning news program New Day, Michaela Pereira has discovered that, yes, you can go home again.
When she uses the word “homecoming” to describe her return to Los Angeles — where her new live three-hour morning news show Michaela debuts Monday on HLN at 7 a.m. — its meaning is two-fold.
“L.A. is my home away from home … my American home,” said Pereira, who began her broadcasting career at CHEK in Victoria in 1994 before co-anchoring KTLA’s top-rated morning show for nine years.
“You’re doing it from a place where your heart resides. It’s a lot easier to go home and unwind, regroup, spend time with people you love and then go back and do it all again.”
But the move will also put Pereira closer to her boyfriend of 10 years and allow her to visit her Cowichan-based parents more easily. Coming home to the Island from New York could take up the better part of a day.
“I realized I didn’t like being that far away from my parents,” said Pereira, 45.
With her new show, the newscaster can rise at 4 a.m. instead of 3, as she did for New Day, to begin each day’s work.
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