After a five-month search, Tribune-owned L.A. outlet KTLA has hired Michaela Pereira to co-anchor the station’s “Morning News” breakfastcast.
Pereira, most recently an anchor on TechTV’s “Tech Live” program, fills the void left by Giselle Fernandez, who abruptly left the show in August. Pereira will join co-anchor Carlos Amezcua, weatherman Mark Kriski and entertainment personality Sam Rubin beginning Feb. 9.
KTLA news director Jeff Wald made the announcement Monday. Sharon Tay, who had been filling in following Fernandez’s departure, remains co-anchor of KTLA’s 5:30-7 a.m. newscast.
Fernandez caught many by surprise last summer when she opted to leave the show. Insiders at the time said the anchor, who had recently married, wanted to focus on starting a family. Fernandez, who replaced original host Barbara Beck, had spent two years as co-anchor.
Pereira has received two regional Emmy Awards for her work at San Francisco-based TechTV. She has anchored “Tech TV” since January 2001; before that she hosted other TechTV programs including “Internet Tonight,” “Big Thinkers” and “You Made It.”
Pereira’s credits include a stint as Internet correspondent for the syndie series “Ebert & Roeper and the Movies” from 1999-2001; she also served as a guest critic opposite Ebert.
Pereira started her career at Victoria, Canada, station CHEK-TV, where she hosted a magazine show and reported on a variety of topics. While there, she won two Gold Muse Awards from Promax’s Canada chapter.