Penny Griego is the co-anchor of L. A.’s Morning News, 5-9 a.m. weekdays on KFWB. Penny started at KFWB in January of 2003. During her time at the station she has served as an anchor and reporter, and has received Golden Mike Awards in each capacity.
Penny began her professional career in her hometown of Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1979, while still working toward her Broadcast Journalism degree at the University of New Mexico.
She got her foot in the door as a weekend weather announcer at the CBS affiliate, KGGM – TV 13 (now KRQE), but she went on to become an assistant producer of the weekend newscast, a reporter and ultimately the weeknight anchor at the station.
In January of 1984, Penny left home to become a reporter at the NBC affiliate in Denver, Colorado, KCNC – TV 4. Within a few months, she was promoted to weekend co-anchor. While in Denver, Penny received an Emmy nomination for her live coverage of the 1985 Mexico City earthquake.
Penny moved to Los Angeles in September of 1986 to become a weekend co-anchor / reporter at KCBS – TV 2. Among the many stories on which she reported were the 1989 San Francisco Earthquake; the Los Angeles riots, the Eureka earthquake and the Guadalajara Gas Explosions, all in 1992; the Malibu wildfires of 1985 and 1993, and the Laguna Beach wildfire of 1993.
Penny continued to work at KCBS until February of 1996, during which time she received several Emmy nominations for her reporting, and was awarded several Golden Mike Awards.
For the next seven years, Penny devoted much of her time to raising her children. However, she also did some fundraising work and got a bit of a “journalism fix” by playing a news reporter and anchor in numerous films and television shows. She also taught two semester of On-Camera Techniques for Television Journalists at UCLA extension.
Throughout her career, Penny has been involved in the communities in which she has worked, speaking to students and community groups. She has served as a mentor for students Rio Hondo Community College and the University of Southern California. Penny has been honored for her volunteer efforts by various Hispanic organizations.
Penny is married and has two sons. She resides in the San Fernando Valley with her family.