KCAL Meteorologist Alissa Carlson Says Head Injury Caused Fainting Spell on Live TV

By Kevin Eck 

KCAL meteorologist Alissa Carlson Schwartz says she’ll be OK after losing consciousness on-air during the 7 a.m. Saturday newscast.

In a video posted to Twitter, anchors Nichelle Medina and Rachel Kim tossed to Carlson Schwartz just before her eyes rolled back and she collapsed.

“Our colleague Alissa Carlson became ill during our 7 AM newscast this morning. I want to thank her co-workers who took immediate action to comfort Alissa and call 911. Alissa is being treated at the hospital right now. Hopefully we’ll know more shortly,” vice president and news director Mike Dello Stritto told TMZ. “In the meantime, Alissa will be in our thoughts and we’re praying for her to be feeling much better soon.”


Carlson Schawrtz posted on Facebook that it was head and not her heart this time. “Thanks for all the texts, calls, and well wishes. I am going to be OK!”

In 2014, she revealed she was recovering from a heart condition after being diagnosed with a leaky valve discovered after she threw up during a broadcast at another station.