How Shannan Ferry, NY1’s weekend news anchor, spends her Sundays

How Shannan Ferry, NY1’s weekend news anchor, spends her Sundays

“I’m more of a morning person than a night person,” Shannan Ferry said.

Which is lucky for her, because she’s been waking up at 1:47 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays for the past two years.

Ms Ferry, 31, added: ‘The first few hours work against your body’s body clock, but I’ve trained mine to do so.’ “When people wake up, I’ve lived most of my whole day.”

Ms. Ferri, who co-hosts NY1’s “Weekends on 1” with Rocco Vertuccio, said that when she arrives at the studio, in Chelsea Market, it is so early on Sundays that the city is still buzzing with Saturday night parties.

“They stumble out of bars and restaurants,” she said.

Ms. Ferri, who grew up in the Little Neck neighborhood of Queens, began her job at the news station in 2012 with an internship, which turned into part-time on-air reporting in 2014. She became full-time a year later. In November 2021, the station, part of Spectrum News, launched a weekend show.

“I knew that making news was a crazy and unachievable idea, but this motivated me even more,” Ms Ferry said. I had something to prove. “I’m used to the routine now.”

She’s lived in a studio apartment on Manhattan’s East 20s since December 2020 — and has yet to buy blackout curtains.

Post-early rise for me The alarm goes off at 1:47 a.m., which is a random number I did once, and now it shows up in my alarm system. I need some naps, so I don’t wake up until 2:00; Past that I am in danger. I check my phone: First, it’s NY1 Webex, our chat app, to see the nightly news and the in-house flow of news updates. Then comes Instagram and X.

I don’t lay out my clothes the night before — which I should, because it will save time and be good for my anxiety — but I don’t know how I’ll feel until that day. I order five dresses each week from Rent the Runway. My news dress look is usually A-line, long sleeves, past the knees, and solid colors, as prints don’t look good on TV. I love black, but it’s not the most cheerful color, so I switch it up with colors. The joke in the office is that any time I wear red, there’s breaking news. Once upon a time, there was a train derailment on Coney Island.

Access I’m in the Uber around 2:30 a.m., put my stuff on my desk and meet Rocco in the shared office area. He’s been here for the past 15 to 30 minutes making coffee and seeing if the newspapers have arrived. We have an old school carafe for the weekend display. We love Lavazza coffee, which I have with cream and one sugar. Our product is here, too, and we spend the next 60 to 90 minutes browsing newspapers — The Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Daily News, The Post — for our “In the Papers” section.

We write and edit copy as we look to see what stands out: major news stories and fun, quirky stories that catch our attention, which is usually something only found in New York, like people getting married in their apartments. Pieces like these are good for hanging or conversation. It’s a light thing to end with.

Optical setting I’m in the makeup chair by 4:30 a.m. and usually do my own makeup on the weekends. I currently use Nars and IT Cosmetics for foundation, Tarte concealer, and Roxanne Rizzo bronzing spray, which is a game changer. It gives you a glow and smells like a vacation, like the beach.

I pick up the earbuds from my desk, plug them into the microphone and start recording around 5:20am

Rolling “Weekend in 1” is a mixture of live and pre-recorded segments. We prepare eight weather updates with meteorologist Michael Ottovino. We prepare news stories of the day and pre-prepared newspaper articles that we record.

By 7:45 a.m., we’re recording guest segments – newsmakers, celebrities, politicians, and authors. We also go to one of the reporters in the field. Once something is recorded, most clips are broadcast minutes later or the same day.

Quick break When we break at 8:30 a.m., Rocco and I usually go downstairs. Get an egg and spinach frittata sandwich from Amy’s Bread or yogurt with fruit from Manhattan Fruit Market. Sometimes I go all out and get bread.

By 9am, we’re back to making news clips and updating old clips that were previously there. We may have a new reporter and a new weather update.

observer Rocco and I leave the office by 11am and debrief that day. When we walk together, that’s usually when people notice us. They say hello, or “We were watching you this morning.” It’s nice when people appreciate what we do and rely on us to start their day. Rocco takes the F train from Sixth Avenue to Long Island City, and I participate in aerobics classes. I go to different places — CycleBar, Rumble, Sweat440 — because it’s a timing issue, not a class.

Trader Joe’s homeward bound I buy groceries at Trader Joe’s on 6th Avenue and 21st Street. I buy Cuban basics, juices, pre-cooked chicken, and anything I can make for salads or sandwiches. I will stop by Citizens Of Gramercy for another coffee because they make the best oat milk iced latte. Their secret is their percentage of ice, plus their ice is denser than most places. I recently bought a Nespresso machine, as I’m trying to be financially responsible, I might try imitating what they make at home instead.

No nap I will call my parents, whom I am attached to. I’ve been texting my mom – almost erroneously – stream of consciousness all day. I make a smoothie out of spinach, mango, pineapple, banana, and almond milk, and I throw in a load of laundry if I’m feeling ambitious because I’ve learned not to nap, though. There is always temptation. If you want to live a somewhat normal life, you have to put pressure on yourself not to, or the day will be over.

A date or friends Sometimes I make an appointment in the afternoon; I’m a bachelor. Someone has fixed me up or I’ll meet someone on a dating app like Raya, Hinge, or Bumble. I always keep my finger over the delete button because dating in New York can be difficult. Usually, we meet in Gramercy or the East Village. Or I meet media friends for a late lunch or early dinner at L’Express, Ruby’s, or KazuNori. We all have these weird crazy hours. Some of us met in the field as reporters because we were covering the same stories and stayed close.

house By 6pm, my battery is low. I take a shower and watch TV in bed. I’m into “Suits” – everyone is watching it again, so I’m watching it for the first time. I’m also a fan of “Schitt’s Creek,” “30 Rock,” and “The Mindy Project.” I don’t have to think about these offers; It helps me slow down. Alexa will sometimes play some sleep sounds, like a rainstorm, in case your TV goes down. I set my alarm for 1:47 a.m., and I’m asleep by 8:30 p.m

Sunday Routine readers can follow Shannan Ferry @shannanferry on X And Instagram.

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