2011-06-01 / Features

Rosanna Scotto, Fox Co-Host, Celebrates Silver Anniversary With Network

BY JESSIE SCHOONOVER

Rosanna Scotto, co-host of Good Day New York,Rosanna Scotto, co-host of Good Day New York,Rosanna Scotto, co-host of Good Day New York, is celebrating 25 years at WNYW Fox 5.

A Brooklyn native, Scotto graduated from Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. and began building the foundation of her career in Atlanta, GA spending six weeks as a researcher before trying her hand as field producer. Scotto’s noticeable involvement and determination quickly earned her the desired position of reporter.

“I was reporting within six months of being in Atlanta,” Scotto said. “It was a terrific position. I was able to travel all across the country.”

Scotto attributes her determination and work ethic to her Brooklyn upbringing. 

“Growing up in Brooklyn, or any of the other boroughs, there is a certain sensibility you have — take no prisoners, say what you mean. You’re a very real people. No matter what happens to you, you have those roots there to remind you to be humble and take a realistic approach to life,” she said.

Following her newscast experience in Atlanta, Scotto returned to New York City in the 1980s to work as a reporter alongside Judy Licht and Doug Johnson for three years at WABC’s Good Morning New York, which later evolved into the daytime program, Live with Regis and Kathie Lee.

According to Scotto, a significant contributor to her success was her willingness to accept any miscellaneous assignment.

Her first steady string of televised appearances involved reporting great places to bring the family.

Eventually Scotto teamed with WABC-TV's Eyeswitness News with a weekend position, which eventually led to being full-time. 

Reflecting on her career, Scotto offers all those entering into the competitive market of professionalism a piece of sound, universal advice.

“Everything is in flux, but if that's what you love you really have to keep pushing. If you love the job, you have to be willing to sacrifice and devote yourself,” she said. “It all pays off in the end.”
 
Scotto has managed to balance the demands of work and raising a family with positive resolve.

“Some days everything works out. Some days all the balls are up in the air as we are juggling, and some days they all fall on your head; but you just have to pick up those pieces and continue again,” Scotto said.

“I have lived a full life and I am grateful. I have raised happy kids, and to me, that’s all that matters. It has been a challenging job, but very rewarding.”
 

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