KTLA’s Michaela Pereira Graduates to CNN

Big, BIG news this morning out of KTLA. Nine-year station vet Michaela Pereira will not be hanging around to see how the whole Tribune Co. sale shakes out. Instead, she’s decided to join Jake Tapper, Jeff Zucker and the rest of the folks trying to revive the House that Ted Turner built.

From this morning’s announcement:

“Michaela has been a huge contributor to the station’s success in the morning,” KTLA5 president and general manager Don Corsini said in making the announcement. “She is an outstanding journalist with a unique ability to connect with the audience.”

News director Jason Ball added, “We’re of course saddened that Michaela is moving on, but happily for us she is part of an amazing morning news team that Southern California has embraced for many years.”

Pereira will be based at CNN’s New York offices. In her farewell message this morning, she thanked SoCal for allowing her to “marshal your parades, speak at your gatherings and hug your children.”

FishbowlLA joins the rest of the media community this morning in offering our heartiest of congratulations to the KTLA Morning News anchor on this exciting, impressive move. We look forward to watching her work at CNN.

Update – 04/30/13: CNN announced today that New Day, co-hosted by Pereira, Chris Cuomo and Kate Bolduan, will debut June 10.