August 26, 1970 |
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Education||Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School, British Columbia
Camosun College, British Columbia
|Alma mater||University of Victoria, British Columbia|
|Employer||HLN 2016 - Present
CNN 2013 - 2016
KTLA 2004 - 2013
TechTV (1998 - 2004)
|Awards||3 Golden Mic Awards
2 Emmy Awards
2 Mark Twain Awards
Pereira currently anchors the only national news program broadcast from the West Coast. MichaeLA, airs weekday mornings 8am PT - 11am ET only on HLN.
Pereira was educated at Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School, a public high school in the Cariboo town of 100 Mile House, British Columbia, from which she graduated in 1988, followed by Camosun College and the University of Victoria, also in British Columbia.
Life and career
She later co-hosted Internet Tonight on ZDTV with Scott Herriott, a daily look at Internet news and informative, interesting, and funny websites. After Internet Tonight's cancellation in 2001, Pereira became a regular host for TechLive, serving in that position until 2004, when she signed onto KTLA in Los Angeles. She hosted her last episode of TechLive on February 6, 2004, after which TechTV began the process of merging with G4 in the next month, leading to its demise.
On January 1, 2007, Pereira co-hosted coverage of the Tournament of Roses Parade with former game show host Bob Eubanks, replacing Stephanie Edwards. Pereira co-hosted the parade coverage with Eubanks again in 2008.
Pereira served as the co-host of “KTLA Morning News,” Los Angeles’ number one rated morning newscast, for nine years. The program won nine Emmy Awards, including one for “Best Regularly Scheduled Daily News." Pereira won three Radio & TV News Association Golden Mike Awards: in 2006 for live coverage of a news story, “Urban Farm Eviction,” and the Best Daytime News Broadcast in both 2004 and 2006. She was also honored with two Mark Twain Awards in 2004 for “Best Live Coverage of a News Event, Hostage Standoff Mexican Consulate,” and the “Best 60 Minute Broadcast: KTLA Morning News.”
She is chairwoman of the board of LA's BEST Friends, an after school education, enrichment and recreation program. She served as a member of the board of directors for the Long Beach Boys and Girls Club; an advisory board member of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), supporting children in foster care; an advisory board member of EmpowerTech, serving people with disabilities; and co-chair of the advisory board of Optimist Youth Home, providing services for troubled youth.
Pereira is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, the Black Journalists Association of Southern California, and American Women in Radio and Television. She is also active with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
Pereira was adopted. Her parents and siblings do not share the same ethnic backgrounds, which has subsequently led her to be a strong advocate for the rights of children. Though she's lived and worked in the United States for several years she still maintains her Canadian citizenship. She speaks Portuguese, in addition to English, and was an avid snowboarder until a 2010 knee surgery.
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- Mike Devlin (28 March 2013). "Former CHEK personality Michaela Pereira joins CNN morning show". TimesColonist.com. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
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- "Get to know "New Day" news anchor Michaela Pereira". CNN.com. Retrieved June 19, 2013.