November 7, 1976 (age 46) (
Meteorologist for The Weather Channel
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Meteorologist Maria LaRosa The Today Show Saturday 12/29/2018
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- Early life and career
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Early life and career
LaRosa was born in New York, but was raised in Ramsey, New Jersey. In June 2004, she joined KYW-TV in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was later hired by WXIX-TV, the FOX station in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was the weekday morning and noon meteorologist for KYW-TV in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was a meteorologist and anchor for WTVM-TV, the ABC station in Columbus, Georgia. In 2010, she joined The Weather Channel and became an on-camera meteorologist for both Weekend Now and PM Edition with her co-host Todd Santos. In March 2012, she left to do the 5:30 AM to 6:00 AM edition of First Outlook and Your Weather Today from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM (EST).
She hosted Wake Up With Al from 5:30AM-7AM alongside Stephanie Abrams, Al Roker and Mike Bettes (2012–2014), Morning Rush from 7AM-10AM alongside Stephanie Abrams and Mike Bettes (2010–2014), and America's Morning Headquarters (2014–2015).
LaRosa graduated in 1998 from Penn State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in meteorology. She was also a teaching assistant for the University's introductory meteorology course before graduating in 1998.
She once lived in Southern New Jersey with her husband, Mariusz Kolakowski. The couple has three sons: Michael (born in 2005), Justin (born in 2008), and Tyler (born May 3, 2010). They now live in Atlanta.