Meet Hoboken’s Katie Mcgee
Last week I had the pleasure of speaking with Today Show correspondent Natalie Morales. I had a great time writing my article and after all the positive feedback I got from the readers, my love for journalism came back a full 360. Last week’s story featured someone we see on TV every morning and this week I am going to do the same this week.
When it comes to Hoboken, local eating, acting on Law and Order SVU and geese issues in the Mile Square City, Katie Mcgee, CBS Morning news entertainment and traffic anchor and HOBOKEN resident was kind enough to take time out of her busy day to chat with me and answer some questions for my story for TheBokenOnline.com.
R.C.- Have you ever visited theboken.com? If not have a look and tell me what you think of the site? Would you use it along with other local sites for local news and happenings?
Mcgee- Yes. It’s a great site. I’m always looking for new ways to keep up with what’s new and going on around town.
R.C.-How long have you lived in Hoboken?
Mcgee- I first moved to Hoboken in 1999…and I have lived here off and on ever since! I love this town.
R.C.- What are your favorite 3 places to eat in this town? And out of the 3 which is your favorite and what is your favorite dish there?
Mcgee- This is a hard question! There are so many great restaurants. I would say if I had to narrow it down to 3…they would be Hudson Tavern, Dino & Harry’s, and Lua. Hudson Tavern is probably the spot I hit the most…it’s a great neighborhood bar/restaurant…and their perogies are amazing! At Lua….you have to have the guacamole…spicy! And Dino & Harry’s…is just a great old school spot…you simply can’t go wrong! I am also a big fan of The Elysian.
R.C.- You work as an on air Traffic and Entertainment Reporter for “CBS 2 News This Morning.” Last week I interviewed Natalie Morales of the Today Show and asked her what her typical morning was like. Can you tell me about your typical morning? When do you wake up, how do you get to work, how do you prepare the show, etc.
Mcgee- My day starts early! The alarm goes off at 2:45 am….and I’m out the door and at work by 3:30. I drive myself to work…with a cup of coffee firmly in hand! When I get to work…the first thing I do is record my entertainment reports for 1010 WINS. After that…it’s hair and make-up time. I have a traffic producer I work closely with…we have a computer that links us to the traffic information…and we decide which stories we will cover. She builds the maps and sets the camera shots…and I write each hit. We start on the air at 4:55am…and I have a hit every 10 minutes or so. It’s busy…because traffic is constantly updating and changing. We are on the air until 7am…with local cut-ins during “The Early Show” at :25 and :55 after the hour until 9am. After that…it’s entertainment prep time. But my on-air duties for the day are done! I am usually done for the day by 11 or 11:30.
R.C.- Have you ever committed an “on air” blooper or 2? If so can you share with my readers about what it was?
Mcgee- Yes! Let’s face it…it’s early! You do your best…but sometimes the brain is not as awake as you’d like! When I first came back to doing traffic…I threw to “Chopper 4” instead of “Chopper 2 HD”…and I didn’t even realize I had done it! When there is a snow storm…it usually means a really long day. I have been guilty of not remembering whether it should be “good morning” or “good evening”! And this hasn’t made it on air…but there have been quite a few times where I remember last minute that I’m not at the desk for a hit…I should be at the chroma key/weather wall…and I have to run across the studio. I haven’t wiped out…yet!
R.C.- I see that in your spare time you have appeared on Law and Order SVU as a reporter. Myself being an avid viewer of the show I have to ask how you got started on acting for the show?
Mcgee- I was a theater major in college…and my first ambition was to be an actor. I fell into the news business almost by accident…it was being in the right place at the right time when opportunity knocked…but I still love acting. A few years back…I had an acting manager I was working with…and that’s what led me to “SVU”. Everyone there is great!! I have also done quite a bit of soap work…mostly as a reporter. Not much of a stretch, but I welcome every opportunity I get!
R.C.- For my female readers, is Chris Merloni just as good looking in person as he is on the show lol?
Mcgee- Haha..yes he is. But he is also a nice guy…and the ultimate professional.
R.C.- When you do not work and it is down time for you do you hang out in Hoboken or do you like to travel around the area?
Mcgee- I tend to hang out in/around Hoboken. Though being a Jersey Girl…I love the shore. There is nothing more relaxing than the sound of the ocean.
R.C.- What are some of your hobbies?
Mcgee- I love to read…I love to cook. After a long day…spending time in the kitchen is actually something I find soothing. I also have a 2 year old Golden Retriever named Norman. He’s thoroughly entertaining! And a 15 year old cat…who is not Normans biggest fan!
R.C.- Many Hoboken residents own cars. I have to assume you do as well. Do you park in a garage or on the street? Have your ever received a parking ticket?
Mcgee- I do own a car, and I park in the garage in my building. I don’t think I’ve ever had a parking ticket…but the first several years I lived in Hoboken, I parked on the street. It’s amazing how creative you can get when you need a parking space in this town!
R.C.- Lately Hoboken has been seen on TV quite a bit. Cake Boss, 9 by design has filmed here, etc etc. Being in the media world yourself do you see Hoboken as a town that can expect more TV time in the future?
Mcgee- I think that there should be more tv/film shot here. First of all…you can’t beat the city views from this side of the river. Secondly…Hoboken offers the best of both worlds…a city feel…with a small town vibe. There is a lot that could be done.
R.C.- If you were in charge of Hoboken for a day what would you do to improve the community?
Mcgee- Well…my immediate reaction would be to deal with the geese. There are several gaggles of geese that have chosen to call my neighborhood home. They are adorable…especially the babies…but they are, how can I say it, messy. There are so many children and dogs that are running and playing in the area…and it seems like it would be a health issue. I don’t know what the answer would be…but I would be on the case!
R.C.- I wanted to be a fireman or a NY Yankee growing up and I became the farthest thing from either. Growing up did you want to become a journalist or did you want to become something else?
Mcgee- As I mentioned earlier…my original dream was to be an actor. A very long story short…I realized in my mid-twenties that after bartending and running around to auditions…I was feeling burned out. I was ready for a career. I happened to be watching the local news as I was having this internal heart to heart with myself, and thought…this is something I think I would really enjoy doing every day. I worked hard..took a radio job covering local school board meetings and the like…and in a very short amount of time I started in TV news. I have always believed that when you make a decision in life, a firm call on what you want…if you put in the time and make yourself available to new opportunities…they will come.
R.C.- For my readers that are sports fans are you a Mets or Yankees fan? Knicks or Nets? Jets or Giants? Devils or Rangers?
Mcgee- I am a huge sports fan!! LOVE the Yankees!!! This past fall was so much fun…#27!!! I haven’t followed basketball or hockey in years…but I would say I’m a Knicks and Rangers girl. Football is my favorite sport…locally I root for the Jets. But, for my own safety…I will keep “my” football team to myself!!!!
R.C.- Sex in the city 1 vs Sex in the city 2, as an entertainment reporter which one of the movies do you think was better?
Mcgee- Ok…this might be the hardest question! I adored the series…all of my friends and I knew which one of the girls we were! That was the right show…at the right time…and it just worked! As for the movies…I have seen both. I didn’t love either one…but I thought “SATC 2” was more fun. Campy and cheesy…but fun. That being said…as much as I will miss the characters, I think it might be time to say goodbye.
R.C.- In closing would you have any advice for my readers who are in pursuit of a job in the media / journalism world?
Mcgee- Make sure you love it. This, as many others, is a changing industry. Job requirements are constantly changing…and there has been a lot of talk about what the future of print/tv journalism will be. I think, though, as long as you have a passion for something…you will find a way to do it, and hopefully do it well.