Michaela Pereira

Michaela Pereira is a Canadian television personality. She was born on August 26, 1970 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Michaela is biracial. Her biological mother is a Norwegian and father, a Jamaican. When she was three months old, a white couple from British Columbia adopted her. At a young age, she knew she was adopted. All the members of the Pereira family are not of the same ethnic background, which made her a strong advocate for children rights. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from McGill University. Though her journalistic career brought her to the US where she has been for several years, she still holds her Canadian citizenship. Presently, she is residing in New York. She is fluent in both English and Portuguese.

Michaela joined TechTV in 1998 and remained there until 2004.  In 2004 she moved to KTLA in Los Angeles as an anchor until 2013. Presently she is at CNN. She joined CNN in May 2013 as part of their morning show New Day team which went on air on June 17, 2013.

Michaela began her television career at CHEK-TV, Victoria, British Columbia. She was a host of a magazine show and documentary, and reported on sports, entertainment and the weather. Along with Scott Herriott, she co-hosted Internet Tonight on ZDTV. In 2001 Internet Tonight was cancelled and she became a regular host for TechLive, until 2004. She then left for the US and signed up with KTLA in Los Angeles doing amazing work. In 2007 and 2008, along with Bob Banks she covered the Tournament of Roses Parade on January 1st. After serving as the co-host of KTLA Morning News for nine years she left to join CNN as a host of their new morning show.  KTLA Morning News, Los Angeles was rated as the number one newscast.

Michaela is the winner of three Radio and TV News Association Golden Mike Awards in 2006 for live coverage of a news story Urban Farm Eviction and in 2004 and 2006 for the Best Daytime News Broadcast. In 2004 she won two Mark Twain Awards for Best Live Coverage of a News Event, Hostage Standoff Mexican Consulate and for the Best 60 Minute Broadcast: KTLA Morning News. She also won 2 Emmy Awards

Michaela is interested and actively associated with social causes. She is the chairwoman of the board of LA’s BEST Friends, an after-school education, enrichment and recreation program, was a member of the board of directors for the Long Beach Boys and Girls Club, advisory board member of Court Appointed Special Advocates which supports children in foster care, advisory board member of Empower Tech that serves people with disabilities and co-chair of the advisory board of the advisory board of Optimist Youth Home that provides services for troubled youth.

Besides her association with social causes, Michaela is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, The Black Journalists Association of Southern California and American Women in Radio and Television and is actively associated with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.  

Last Modified: Apr 8, 2020

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