CBS meteorologist Megan Glaros’ day begins in the middle of the night, when she awakens about 1 a.m. and makes her commute to downtown Chicago from her St. John, Indiana, home.
She gets to work about 2:15 a.m. and spends about 45 minutes working on her forecast and graphics. At 3 a.m., she goes to makeup, and then back to the studio about 3:45 to finish up her forecast.
She wears her own clothes on the air, many of which she buys at Nordstrom.
She in on the air in Chicago at 4:30 a.m., 5 a.m. and 6 a.m., and occasionally does the weather for nationally broadcast CBS This Morning, which is based in New York.
After the 11 a.m. Chicago news with Harry Porterfield and Roseanne Tellez, she heads to the gym to do CrossFit, and then heads home to her husband Lance and their three children, four-year-old Lana and twins Leo and Willow, who turned two at the beginning of June.
Whether she was helping Chicagoans through a long, hard winter or whether she was interviewing President Barack Obama about climate change, Glaros says she is happy to be broadcasting in Chicago and living in Northwest Indiana, surrounded by family and friends.
Although she admits balancing her professional life with her personal one requires a daily give and take.
“It’s a struggle every single day,” says Glaros, who is 33. “I feel like you can’t ever have an exact balance. Some days you put work first. Other days you put the husband first, or the kids first. It changes on a daily basis.”
Some days, she says, she feels as if she should be at home when she is at work, or vice versa.
“You just do the best you can every day,” she says.
When she gets home, she says she tunes out work and focuses on “mommy time,” and relishes getting to spend time with her three young children, giving them dinner and baths and then puts them to bed.
Shortly after they go to sleep at 7:30 p.m., Glaros herself goes to bed, which means sacrificing time with her husband.
“There’s really no time to sit down and have a glass of wine and watch a show on TV because I get up in the middle of the night,” she says.
Weekends are devoted to family time, and the family often enjoys trips to the park to let the kids run around as well as occasional lunches out.
She credits her success to her husband, a chemical engineer, who has made her career a top priority for the family.
The couple has been married for 10 years, and she says he has always been willing to travel wherever her job has taken the family.
“He is the reason I have been able to be happy in my career,” she says. “He has always been supportive, and totally cool with wherever it takes me. I have a great support system, and I don‘t know where I would be without him.”
Glaros grew up in Dyer, Indiana, and was a 1998 graduate of Lake Central High School, where she was a cheerleader for four years andd was in the National Honor Society.
She also was a dancer, beginning at the Dance Gallery in Munster at age 6, before going to Chicago to take classes at Ruth Page and the Lou Conte Studios.
After graduation, she enrolled at Indiana University, where she decided to combine her love of dancing and performance with journalism and pursue a career in television. She found she loved her science classes, which led her to a weather internship with Tom Skilling.
The following year, she did an internship in a television newsroom, but found herself drifting back to the station’s weather center. On one of her visits to the weather center, one of the station’s meteorologists suggested that specializing in weather could help her ascend through the ranks more quickly.
“That’s all it took,” she says.
After graduation she did a short stint as an Indianapolis Colts cheerleader while she sent out resumes and audition tapes to television stations.
“I never even cheered at a football game, I just did preseason things,” she laughed. “But that always shows up on my biography.”
She quickly landed a job in Parkersburg, West Virginia, and after five months she moved on Baltimore, where Sinclair Broadcast Group had a station that centralized broadcasts for multiple cities.
“We had a group of weather people, and we would satellite broadcasts for different areas out to them,” she says. “I was there for about a year and a half, but felt like I got about 10 years of experience by doing broadcasts for four or five different cities a night.”
From Baltimore she moved to Miami, where she reported on the weather and some lifestyle stories. She covered the 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons, some of the busiest hurricane seasons on record. She covered hurricanes including Jeanne, Katrina, Rita and Wilma.
During that time, there would be extended weather coverage for days on end.
“We were in extended coverage all the time,” she says. “It was like getting 15 years of experience in three years.”
After four years in Miami, she was hired by WCBS in New York, where she broadcast weather during the day, but also began covering some entertainment stories and red carpet events.
After daughter Lana was born in 2010, she asked CBS officials to let her know if there was an opening in Chicago, so she could think about moving closer to her family.
An opening soon became available, and in the summer of 2010, Glaros and her family relocated to St. John, Indiana, so Glaros could take over the early morning meteorologist duties for CBS’ Chicago station, WBBM.
“It’s been so interesting to work where I was born and raised,” she says. “There’s a comforting feeling to it.”
In addition to her duties in Chicago, she occasionally travels to New York for CBS This Morning.
In addition to reporting about the weather, Glaros has been doing more reporting on other stories, as well. In May, she flew to Washington DC to interview President Barack Obama about climate change issues at the White House.
She had just three minutes to conduct her interview.
“I asked how the administration planned to get people more interested in the topic of climate change, and how he planned to address those who didn’t believe in it,” she says. “I (also) asked about the situation with the kidnapped girls in Nigeria and about Boko Haram, and asked about his intentions regarding the Keystone Pipeline.”
Glaros says she is happy being based in Chicago and doing some work for the national affiliate as well.
Even though she is working in a fast-paced, high-pressure field, she says she feels like she is surrounded by a group of talented and supportive co-workers.
And in a field where how you look is judged by viewers as much as the work you do, Glaros considers herself lucky to have many women to look up to as mentors as her career progresses.
“CBS as a whole has a lot of strong, powerful women on the air,” she says. “Women like Gayle King, Norah O’Donnell and Leslie Stahl have great careers. They’re valued for their intelligence and what they do, and they couldn’t be nicer.”
She finds as she ages, she worries less about being judged by others.
“When you’re in your 20s, people judge you even more harshly,” she says. “But now that I’m 33, I’m a mom, and I don’t feel people judge me like that. I’m more confident in myself.”
Glaros says she loves what she does, loves being a meteorologist and loves telling stories.
She says she is proud of the fact that she’s setting a good example for her young children.
“I feel like I’m being a great role model, especially for my girls,” she says. “I’m showing them that you can love what you do and still be a great Mom.”