Fiona Gorostiza, Fox 4 'Good Day'
Gorostiza came to KDFW/Channel 4 in 2008 to do weather, which was among a variety of jobs she had done previously at stations in Palm Springs and Santa Barbara, Calif. She has been doing mornings since 2002.
"When I came here, I was not a meteorologist," Gorostiza says. "I'm still not. ... I was doing meteorology school through Mississippi State, and I'd had two years of it before I realized that I was learning everything from [station meteorologists] Evan [Andrews], Ron [Jackson] and our chief [Dan Henry]."
At Fox 4, Gorostiza quickly evolved into Good Day's all-purpose, willing-to-do-anything features reporter, earning the nickname "Fearless Fiona." In her "Odd Jobs" segment, she's learned how to face-paint, cleaned dirty diapers with a diaper service, flown with a stunt pilot.
"I get to do all that fun stuff," Gorostiza says. "I [sometimes] realize how ridiculous it would sound if I were to recap my day. I never thought I'd be saying, 'Well, I had to be at the circus at 9 a.m. to do this crossbow thing, and then I met with a stunt pilot and then I went back to the station.'"
On whether she's a morning person
"Here's the thing - no. [Laughs] If I had a choice, I'd sleep in. I am an absolute night owl. I guess that's part of the problem with trying to get enough sleep. Back in the days when I was a spring chicken, I'd just stay up and power through. I can't do that anymore."
"Alarm starts to go off at 3:30. I might hit "snooze" one to three times. I am out the door by about 4:20 and in the studio a little before 5."
"I don't drink coffee, but I drink a lot of caffeinated tea."
On the increasing importance of morning TV
"I think social media has a lot to do with it. In the morning, the first thing a lot of people do when they get up is check their social-networking sites. I think some even do it before they hit the bathroom. And they turn on the TV because they want to know weather and traffic and how that's going to affect them. People get most of their news during the day online and from social networking, but every viewer I've ever talked to about morning news says that what they like about it is they get to laugh or smile or relate to you in some way before they leave for the day. That's why they watch, because it's different."
What happens when the show's over
"Sometimes we have satellite interviews that somebody's doing, whether it's [co-host] Lauren [Przybyl] or I, or we have a post-shoot with a band that's there or an act that needs to be taped for a future show. But we just all retreat to wherever we're supposed to be. If that is home, then that person leaves a vapor trail."
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