Marianne McClary is the co-anchor of “Good Day Sacramento”, the valley’s top-rated morning news and information program, which has been on the air since 1995.
With the ink barely dry on her college diploma, she got an internship at Fox station KCPQ-TV in Tacoma, Washington, running teleprompter and writing news updates. They hired her on, but disbanded its news department three years later.
She landed her first full-time anchoring gig in Kennewick, Washington at KNDU-TV — a funeral home converted to a television station (some say the place was haunted). From there, it was off to the bright lights of Las Vegas at ABC station KTNV-TV, followed by the Phoenix desert for a four-year stint as weekend anchor on NBC affiliate KPNX-TV where she was nominated for three Emmy® awards.
In July of 1995, in an effort to evade the Arizona heat, Marianne flew to Sacramento to interview for what she thought was a host position for a nighttime TV call-in show. Unenthusiastic about that prospect, she quickly learned it was the secret start of the program that would be come “Good Day Sacramento”. She jumped onboard the fledgling show, packing up her house and moving to Northern California to launch the then three-hour morning newscast. Since its start in 1995, “Good Day Sacramento” has expanded twice – and is now a live 5½-hour program.
Marianne grew up in Seattle and is the oldest of three kids, all girls. Being a bridesmaid eight times, finally paid off! Marianne was married in April 2007. She and her husband Scott live in Carmichael with their feline dependents, Mushi and Suki.
Marianne’s recent stories
- Super Bowl Sustainability Program Giving Away Tickets To Big GameThe Super Bowl host committee wants this year’s event to be an environmentally sustainable one and they’ve launched a new program to help make their mission a success.
- Realistic Cats Give Seniors A Chance For Pet Partners They Might Not Otherwise HaveIt may look and sound like a real cat, but the Hasbro Joy For All Companion Pet is geared toward seniors to help ease the pain of not having pets around.
- Rocklin Mom’s App Helps Parents Keep In Touch With SchoolsWhen cops surrounded a Placer County home in a standoff with a murder suspect in mid-May, nearby Whitney High School in Rocklin was placed on lockdown.
- UC Davis Scientists Exploring Link Between Autism, Syndrome Found In Newborn HorsesIvy had what’s called maladjustment syndrome. It’s detachment from the mother, not knowing how to suckle or even lay down on its own. It was long thought the condition was caused by oxygen deprivation during birth, but Aleman and Dr. John Madigan now think it’s something else.
- UC Davis Student Firefighters Get Rare Hands-On Opportunity Through ProgramThey’re a team of 15 UC Davis student resident firefighters. They train alongside career firefighters and help out on real emergency calls. In exchange for certain shifts a month, they get free housing at Station 34, and they’re paid for any hours beyond what’s required.
- Women Plan Fairfield Farm To Employ Autistic AdultsShe and co-founder Pamela Hale Mitchell say they’re worried about the increasing number of American children diagnosed on the autism spectrum, now 1-in-68. At 22, they age out of the public education system.
- Sacramento State Graduate’s Aquaponics Project As Water-Efficient Farming Alternative In DroughtFish live in pools below floating beds of vegetables and herbs. The wastewater from the fish is pumped up to the plants, which eat it up and filter the water so it can be reused.
- Patients Visiting Chiropractor For Migraines, Old Sports InjuriesPatients are seeking chiropractic care for more than just back and neck pain—some are using chiropractors for sports injuries and migraine relief.