Longtime Dallas-Fort Worth TV personality Jane McGarry begins a new full-time job on Monday, March 9: She’s now the co-host of WFAA Channel 8’s Good Morning Texas, alongside Mike Castellucci.
McGarry had been working with the program since early 2013, presenting segments such as “Texas Legends.” Now you can watch her Monday through Friday on the hour-long program, which airs at 9 am. She replaces longtime host Amy Vanderoef, whose last day is March 6.
In a release, WFAA president and general manager said they were pleased to welcome McGarry and called her stories “interesting,” said “engaging.”
“WFAA Channel 8 has been a terrific place for me to contribute with Texas Legends pieces, as well as our Starting Over stories,” McGarry wrote on her blog, Real Jane. “I am blessed to work in a business I love, and I hope to share all the exciting moments and people we meet on Good Morning Texas with you.”
During her 30-plus-year career — which hit a speed bump in summer 2012, when she left her longtime job as nightly news anchor for KXAS Channel 5 after pleading no contest to a drunk driving charge — McGarry has interviewed numerous national leaders and celebrities, including former President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, and country music legend Willie Nelson, among many others.
“I hope to make the show fun while also contributing something of lasting value to our viewers,” she said in a statement. “At this stage in my life and career, I’m committed to empowering people with ideas and inspiration and I’m delighted to be able to do so from the powerful platform of Good Morning Texas.”
McGarry is an active volunteer for causes helping victims of domestic violence and breast cancer survivors. She also serves on the board of the AiRS Foundation, dedicated to providing women around the world access to reconstructive breast surgery, and often emcees charity events like November 2014’s Hollywood Domino Dallas.