It’s hard out there for local reporters. You have to deal with inclement weather, crime scenes, and drunken "man on the street" interviews. The last thing these intrepid storytellers need to hear is double entredre from a colleague after a harrowing live shot.
WNYW’s Anna Gilligan didn’t need that dip into the pool to stay cool when creeper co-anchor Greg Kelly tried turning her report about a water ride into a Barstool post. She remained cool and "couldn’t" hear him just as fellow anchor Rosanna Scotto crushed Kelly for his ickiness. For Anna’s professionalism under fire, she’s in this week’s local reporter spotlight.
As you can see, Anna before she stripped to her two-piece, she wasn't freaking out for nothing. The ride is called "High Anxiety" for a reason. It's a wonder she was even able to complete her report while still tweaking from adrenaline.
Anna is the Fox affiliate in Gotham’s entertainment reporter, a role especially significant because she is essentially on the farm team before E! or Travel Channel call her up to the big leagues. Talent execs can't help but notice Anna when she's on their TVs every night.
Fox treats top prospects like Anna as though they are baseball players. She started as a producer for FNC while dabbling with other on-camera work for other cable networks such as NatGeo. Kelly's comments weren't her first rodeo.
Anna's job has introduced her to a parade of A-Listers and urban legends such as 50 Cent and the Headless Horseman.
When she's not reporting on the latest Kevin Hart movie, you can find her on-location. Only a reporter of Anna's caliber could tolerate the high level of ABVs in those local IPAs.
Her job has taken her behind the bar as well. She's caught a glimpse of what makes Hooters so popular. Hint: it's not the wings.
Whether working on her latest scoops or exploring the treacherous Azalea Pond in Central Park, entertainment reports are safe in Anna's steady hands.
Anna isn't just the entertainment reporter Gotham needs right now; she's also the entertainment reporter Gotham deserves.