So I grew up watching the Today Show. First it was Bryant Gumbel and Jane Pauley, then Bryant Gumbel and Katie Couric. Now it's Matt and Meredith, Anne and Al...and sometimes Natalie Morales.
Clearly, the morning news shows have gone through some major changes over the years, most obviously in that they barely cover the news anymore and are more lifestyle and entertainment vehicles. But I'm not going to go there right now. What I want to talk about is the ethnic make-up of the morning show on-air cast.
It seems par for the course that the producers want to have diversity delivering the morning headlines. So on the Today Show, we have Matt and Meredith representing White America. Anne Curry is there for our Asian quota, Al Roker is representing for the brothas and sistas and Natalie Morales, is obviously our Latina rep.
So, one of those times while flipping away from Anne and Al, I happened upon Good Morning America. On that show, I was met with another obviously rainbow-coalition-inspired cast with Robin Roberts (the Black woman), George Stephanopoulos (White guy), Sam Champion (Ken doll White, but gay) and Juju Chang (Holding it down for the Asian fans). I really like Robin Roberts and Juju Chang. Not because they're women of color, but because they are really smart, can hold their own in a serious news story but can also be funny and silly when appropriate. Meanwhile, George S. is getting the hang of being a morning news anchor and learning to chillax a bit.
We all want to see people who look like us, people we can identify with on the small screen in the mornings. What about you? Do you watch the Today Show or GMA? Why?