Lisa Mateo

Lisa Mateo



2013 marks my 13th year at WPIX. It’s hard to believe after moving up from traffic reporter to news and feature reporter, to weather and news anchor, and receiving 2 Emmy nominations, it all started with getting coffee, running scripts, and rolling the teleprompter for the anchors.

My passion for news and writing, however, dates back to elementary and high school, when I wrote for my school newspaper. I guess you can say I was an inquisitive child, asking questions about everything to anyone who would listen. My parents sure loved that! I wrote about everything from school events, to the sports recap of the basketball, volleyball and track meets I participated in.

From there, it was on to Rutgers University where I wrote for the college newspaper, as I completed a double major in Journalism and Communications. I continued with print journalism, but after reporting on a number of breaking news stories, I realized I wanted something more. I wanted to report the story live on the scene.

What I love most about my job is that every day is a different adventure filled with new and exciting people. There have been days when I anchored weather and traffic in the studio from 4-6 am, reported in the field on a fire from 7-9 am, returned to the station for a celebrity interview, and then wrote my next feature piece. I also enjoy reporting from the neighborhoods where I grew up, in Brooklyn and New Jersey. And finally, I take pride in being the voice for people in need of help.

Then there are the times, when I say to myself, “Lisa, are you crazy?” Like the time I experienced 9G’s flying with the US Air Force Thunderbirds, stood in the Universoul Circus’ Globe of Death, took part in my first Mud Run, and learned how to become a professional wrestler.

My latest adventure is weather. What started as pure curiosity has turned into a passion and hunger for more. I’m currently attending Kean University in New Jersey working toward a BS in Meteorology. In the past few years I have been able to apply my knowledge to a number of weather events including Hurricane Irene and Sandy.

Working at WPIX has also offered me the opportunity to host, write and executive produce a number of 1/2 hour travel specials for the station. Most recently, I was named host of “Taste Makers,” a 30 minute series on WPIX, about celebrities and their favorite restaurant.

However, my greatest achievement of all is my loving family. I could not be where I am today if it wasn’t for my supporting husband and two kids. Whether it’s going back and forth taking them to ballet class, football, baseball and track meets, or just hanging home for movie night, family time is what I look forward to the most.

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