She was a news anchor for WFAA-TV in Dallas, Texas, from 1989 to 1991 before becoming one of the original anchors, along with Aaron Brown, of ABC News' World News Now when the show launched in 1992. McRee left the show in 1993 to serve as a host for Good Morning America Sunday. She then moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1994 to work as an anchor for KABC-TV.
In 1997, she was hired to replace Joan Lunden as co-anchor of Good Morning America. She then was paired with Kevin Newman after Charles Gibson left the show in 1998. However, Good Morning America, which had been struggling in the ratings, continued to perform poorly. Both she and Newman were replaced in 1999 and reassigned to other duties within ABC News.
From 2004 to 2007, McRee was a host and correspondent for California Connected, a TV news magazine that aired on 12 PBS stations in California. During McRee's tenure, ratings improved 43% in her last year. The program was canceled due to a lack of funding.
McRee began a new project in 2011 called "The Skinny," promoting healthful eating and weight loss. It started as a website, but McRee told Super-Hair.Net she hopes to turn it into a television series and book.
As of February 27, 2017, she began filling-in as the co-anchor of Good Day LA on KTTV, the Fox Broadcasting affiliate in Los Angeles.
As of November 2018, Lisa McRee is a news anchor for the recently created Spectrum News 1 exclusively for the Spectrum Cable Network.
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Charles Gibson and Joan Lunden 1987-1997
| Good Morning America co-anchor
September 8, 1997–February 5, 1999
with Charles Gibson from 1997 to 1998 and with Kevin Newman from 1998 to 1999
Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer 1999-2005