MEGAN COLAROSSI

Age: 40

Hometown: Fullerton, CA

Current home: NYC

Apartment Size (shoebox or boot box): Hmm, it’s in-between. Approx. ankle boot box!

 

10 questions for Meg asked by an old college friend.

Well, not “old” old—just a friend who’s known her a very long time:

1. What would you tell your 20 year-old self if you could go back in time?

Slow the you know what down! Don’t be in such a rush to grow up. It’s not a race; rather it’s a journey that should be savored. One day when my daughters tell me that they wish they were older, I will channel my good ole’mother and tell them that they have plenty of time!

2. What movie has made the biggest impression on you, and why? What book?

MOVIE: RUDY

Don’t laugh! It’s the story of a young guy who never gives up and keeps trying no matter what the odds. Ah, I bawl like a baby when they start chanting Rudy! Rudy! Ok, I’m weeping now just typing. (Disclaimer: I’m a huge Notre Dame fan!)

BOOK: THE SUN ALSO RISES By: Ernest Hemingway

I’m a hopeless romantic. The quest for true love is timeless especially if you are in a foreign country! Plus, anything by EH is worth reading again and again! 

3. What’s was your craziest moment working in TV news?

Back in 2003, I was reporting from the Iraqi border with MTV News right before the United States initiated Operation Iraqi Freedom. I remember looking around while filming and realizing just how young our troops were who were about to go to war. I broke down and cried on the way back to Kuwait because I knew some of those young men and women would not be coming home.  

Oh and interviewing Bono and U2. I know, I just swung the news gamut, but hey I’m their number one fan and I could barely speak when we met! 

4. What is your dream vacation?

My dream vacation would literally be to go to the airport and jump on a plane to any international destination. Let’s just say I’ve got ants in my pants. I’d rather be exploring and soaking in the sites around the world versus sitting on a beach. However, I am a mom so sometimes just sitting on a beach reading a juicy novel or trashy magazines is just what the Dr. ordered. Heck, I will go anywhere if you just ask me!

5. What’s your proudest parenting moment?  Least proud?

PROUDEST: The day I overheard my eldest daughter telling her younger sister that she was brave and strong for going down the slide. I want them both to grow up knowing that they can do anything and be anything if they try. Oh and I’m super proud when I can get the girls to bed without any tears or yelling. Victory!

LEAST PROUD: When the girls tell me to put my phone down. Enough said! 

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6. What’s your favorite karaoke song?

Up Where We Belong

By: Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes

Scratching your head? Just watch the movie An Officer and a Gentleman with Richard Gere and Debra Winger. Ring a bell? Done and done! I’ve mastered Cocker’s signature scratchy voice and around 3 minutes in to the song is where I really bring it home! Baby, baby, baby…yeah!

7. What’s your favorite thing about turning 40? Least favorite?

FAVORITE: I can finally say that I am comfortable with who I am. Honestly, I’m confident inside and out. Trust me, I know it sounds cliché. I’ve earned every laugh line, stretch mark and scar and so my motto now is “What you see is what you get and I’m just getting better!”

LEAST FAVORITE: I have to take “care” of my face. For years, I would wash and go. Well, I now have a “regimen” that consists of SPF, Vitamin C, etc. and so on. You get the picture. The sun is my enemy, so I’m told. I don’t know if it all works, but hey I will do anything to protect this freckly face.

8. What’s the best advice your mom ever gave you? 

Kill them with kindness. Oh, and laugh and tell someone you love them EVERYDAY! She’s a wise woman so it’s hard to pick just one piece of advice.

10. What’s the one food you cannot live without?

Coffee. Wait, that’s not a food. Marshmallows. Hmm, don’t think that’s a food either. Well, then I would say sushi. Come to think of it, I would like some right now as I finish this last question.

 

 

Meg’s Official Bio

Megan DeSales Colarossi, aka “Momma Meg", is a co-panelist on NBC's nationally syndicated talk show The Meredith Vieira Show. She was born and raised in Southern California, but has proudly called New York City home for almost 17 years. Before finding herself on the East Coast, she was first drawn South to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee where she received her B.A. in Human and Organizational Development and Communications.

In 1997, Colarossi signed on with CNN where she worked behind the camera at the cable networks Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta bureaus. Quickly rising from associate producer to senior producer, Megan produced various live and long format programs including CNN Newsstand: Entertainment Weekly, CNNfn Entrepreneurs Only, and Headline News Primetime Live. After five years at CNN and hundreds of breaking news events later, she followed her passion for music and headed to MTV News. As the assistant managing editor and senior producer for the music channel, she interviewed everyone from rock stars to presidents. For the next six years, Megan traveled around the world for the music channel writing and producing award-winning pro-social programs about the war in Iraq, the tsunami in Indonesia, and the poverty crisis in Africa.

After many years in television news, Colarossi decided to dip her hand in other career endeavors. In 2006, she co-wrote a fiction novel called Spooning (Random House). In 2007, she followed her love of indoor cycling and helmed marketing and PR for a relatively unknown NYC spinning studio called SoulCycle. And in 2009, she helped a close friend launch a non-profit, The R.E.S.T. Initiative, which brought free massages to thousands of cancer patients at NYU Clinical Cancer Center in New York City.   

In early 2013, Megan’s career path took yet another dramatic turn and she came back to the world of television, but this time in front of the camera. Her dear friend of almost 20 years and Today Show co-host, Willie Geist, convinced her to come on the morning show with him in a regular segment called TODAY’s Friendly Advice to offer millions of viewers her spot on and witty advice when it comes to life’s little dilemmas and sticky situations.  From “How do you tell a friend they have bad breath?” to “Is it ok to be friends with an ex?” Willie and Meg tackle issues that come up in our everyday lives. The premise is simple: Sometimes it’s better to get advice from a friend versus an expert!

Willie and Megan also host a new TODAY.com digital series called Parental Guidance. The dynamic duo, who are also parents, tackle common dilemmas that moms and dads face every single day. From lice and leaky diapers to cussing and curfews, Willie and Meg offer simple solutions that make parents lives a little bit easier. With a dash of humor and a dose of good’ole fashioned ingenuity, no tantrum is too big or too small for this witty pair to handle!

Currently, Megan is a daily panelist on the nationally syndicated talk show The Meredith Vieira Show on NBC. Everyday Meredith and her fellow co-panelists dish LIVE about What’s Hot Now!.  From breaking news and current events to parenting and pop culture, they cover everything and anything. Let’s just say no topic is off limits with this dynamic group!   

Megan currently lives on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, enjoying life with her husband, Chris, and two adorable daughters, Hudson and Quinn.