Tuesday, September 18, 2007

September 2007 the month interview with Gregg Lalka

Gregg Lalka came to News10 as the weather anchor in June 2005. He currently works on the weekends monitoring the weather and also reports from time to time. He came to News10 from the CBS affilate in Reno, NV and can be contacted at GLalka@news10.net you can also catch him Mon-Tues on News10 Midday at 11 a.m. forecasting the weather and filling in for another Meteorologist. He is September 2007's interview of the month.


Interview with News10 Weather Anchor/Reporter Gregg Lalka

Name: Gregg Lalka
Birthday: March 12th
Hometown: Mahwah, NJ
Height: 6 ft.
Date Hired: June 2005

Whats your favorite singer/band and type of music?
Bon Jovi, Beastie Boys, 80s hair bands. really anything, but NO COUNTRY!

What made you decided to become a Weather Anchor/Reporter?
I originally wanted to work behind the scenesd in tv. Editing, shooting video, etc. A producer in NYC insisted I get in front of the camera. The rest is history. In the beginning I was strictly a reporter. Weather was added more and more over my 7 years in the industry.

What college did you attend/major/ graduated date?
Connecticut School of Broadcasting, Graduate: 2001

Who is your role model?
WABC's Bill Beutel ( I grew up watching him in NJ),
NY Yankee's Don Mattingly ( He lived across the street from me when I was 13 years old. He was a class act and taught me the way to conduct yourself no matter how successful you may or may not become).

If you weren't a Weather Anchor/Reporter, what would you be doing today?
Hopefully something in tv. Again I love video, but still photography was always a hobby of mine when I was younger. Who knows. Maybe this would be my career if I wasn't in news.

If you could own any car today, what car would you drive?
The next generation of the Nissan Skyline GTR। I believe it will finally be out in the US in 2009

What is your favorite season time of year?
Spring… Baseball gets underway and everything starts over.

Whats one thing you like about your job?
I love breaking news, whether it be weather or general assignment news. It is a rush like nothing else.

What is your favorite dinner plate/ dessert?
I love cooking and it is a hobby of mine. I'll take a good italian meal any day of the week. Tiramisu is the best dessert.

Where was your first TV job and what was your position?
WMBC-TV 63 in NJ. I was a reporter and fill-in anchor.

If you could give any advice to someone who is interested in becoming a Weather Anchor/Reporter, what would it be?
If you want to get into weather, major in meteorology and get into tv later. If reporting is your thing, major in journalism. Get an internship and try to get in front of the camera as often as you can. The industry is changing. Being able to pick up a camera, shoot and edit will help in the future.

1 comment:

Mandy said...

Wow this is very interesting! Cool beans! =)