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Rise and Shine!

Amelia Pavlik | July 9, 2014 | Articles National

Move over, Ron Burgundy—there’s a new anchorwoman in town. Meet Anaridis Rodriguez, the 29-year-old Dominican Republic native who landed the broadcasting gig of a lifetime when she was offered a news anchor spot on The Weather Channel’s America’s Morning Headquarters With Sam Champion.

“My agent pitched me to news directors from San Francisco to Boston, and somehow I was invited to interview for this position,” recalls Rodriguez. “I remember the night I got the call from Sam Champion—who had just left Good Morning America—to offer me the job. I looked at my husband and said, ‘Sam Champion is calling me!’ And he said, ‘Well, you should probably answer!’”

So, the beauty with a nose for news said goodbye to the local Massachusetts station where she’d covered everything from the Boston Marathon bombings to blizzards for three years, and packed her bags for the ATL.

Since the show launched in early March, the Rhode Island College and Emerson College grad (yes, folks, this broadcasting beauty has earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees) has been on the go.

“It’s been a whirlwind,” she says. “One day, our team was in Arkansas covering storms that spawned deadly tornadoes across half a dozen Southern states, and then the next we’re in New Orleans or Miami filming the show live. I look around and pinch myself sometimes because I can’t believe I’m really doing this!”

When she has a spare second, Rodriguez enjoys exploring her new Atlantic Station ’hood with her hubby and two pooches, saying “ohm” at Be Hot Yoga and chowing down at Antico Pizza at least a few times a week (the Margherita D.O.P. is her go-to nosh).

And what’s up next for this aspiring Oprah? One day, we might see her sharing stories on 60 Minutes, but for now, she’s savoring every morning-TV moment—even her weekday wake time of 3AM.

“My family came to the United States from the Dominican Republic when I was 12, so I didn’t speak any English when I started sixth grade,” says Rodriguez. “It’s an unbelievable journey to start where I did and be where I am now.”

Our prediction? Nothing but sunny skies ahead for this real-deal reporter. @anaridis



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