Meet Badass Mom Megan Alexander
If you follow entertainment news or sports, chances are you’ve seen journalist Megan Alexander in action, front-line reporting for the hit show Inside Edition, or covering the most-watched event in the world, the Super Bowl. This jet-setting mom of two young boys (Chace, 5, and Catcher, 1) is determined, unapologetically ambitious, and a source of inspiration to young women everywhere, who find her unconventional choices and uncompromising values so empowering. For the past six years, she’s been juggling a weekly interstate commute from her family’s home in Nashville to the CBS studios in New York City—utilizing her village of family and friends to make it all happen. Here, Megan shares her easy-to-follow recipe for success and talks about why it’s important to always stay true to yourself.
Tell us a bit about your upbringing and how it shaped who you are today?
My parents instilled in me a strong work ethic. They made it part of life to set and achieve goals, whether it was playing sports, trying out for the school play, singing in the church choir, or getting good grades. I can’t remember a time when I did not want to achieve—they just made it fun and part of daily life.
How did you break into the entertainment business?
When I started, I had no friends in the business! I literally cold-called radio stations right out of college to get my first job. It was the midnight – 6am shift at a classical radio station. But the first time I heard my voice on-air, I was hooked.
What’s your recipe for success?
Hard work, hustle, flexibility, and a positive attitude. It sounds simple but it works.
“Hard work, hustle, flexibility, and a positive attitude. It sounds simple but it works.”
What really goes on behind-the-scenes of being an on-camera journalist?
It’s organized chaos! Every day is different. We are constantly scrambling. This industry is not for the faint of heart. But I get a front row seat to some incredible world events.
What have you learned being on the front lines of breaking news/headline scandals?
Everyone is human. Life is precious. Cherish every moment, and see the world around you.What’s it like being on the red-carpet and interviewing celebrities?
It’s a rush! It’s very fun to get dressed up and interview celebrities up close and personal. But it is also very rushed and stressful. It’s my job to make sure I’m prepared and making the most of those 2-3 minutes I get with each celebrity.
How do you maintain a positive self-image working in an industry that’s obsessed with physical appearance?
If you could give young women one piece of advice, what would it be?
Never doubt that you are exactly as you should be. You are unique, beautiful, and special. Be proud to be you!
“You are unique, beautiful, and special. Be proud to be you!”
You’ve covered Thursday night football for over two years. What challenges do you face as a female reporter covering a male-dominated sport?
You identify as a female leader of faith. Tell us a bit about that.
My faith is very important to me. I do believe “good girls can finish first.” I want to empower other young women that you can maintain your values in a competitive industry like Entertainment and Media. I want my family and friends to be proud of my decisions, and I want to treat others as I wish to be treated. This all comes back to my faith and values.
“I want to treat others as I wish to be treated.”
How have your values influenced your career choices?
This is such an important question to me that I wrote a whole book about it, Faith in the Spotlight—Thriving in Your Career While Staying True to Your Beliefs. They have very much influenced my career.
What keeps you motivated in your career?
I want to provide for my family, and I want to be a role model for my young boys in how I lead my life and my work ethic.
How has your view of work changed since becoming a parent?
Teamwork is so important in a family. My husband and I both have big dreams in our careers. It’s a constant balance to check in with each other and see how we’re doing. I also really pride myself on being a working mother. I want to set a good example for my children.
“Everyone’s situation is different. We should encourage each other to do what’s best for ourselves and our family.”
What does motherhood bring to your work and what does your career bring to motherhood?
Motherhood has brought an empathy to my work. And work has brought a sense of urgency and organization to motherhood.
What career advice would you give to someone looking to start a family?
Who you choose as your partner is one of the most important decisions you will make.
Tell a bit about how you navigate the work/life juggle that is modern parenting (especially with an interstate commute!).
I don’t have all the answers but I’ve learned to be flexible, to think outside the box, and to be prepared. I always have a suitcase packed ready to go in case breaking news happens. I’ve learned to be okay with maybe a stain on my jacket from my five-year-old son that I can just hide by turning my arm a different direction.
Who are the people in your life or in the community that support you?
My parents are very involved. They are hands-on grandparents and help out with my kids a lot. They take care of them when I have to travel. I also have a close circle of girlfriends who are working moms and we give each other support. I also get strength from my church and other organizations.
What’s the best advice you would give your pre-Mama self?
It will all be OK! Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.
What did you learn about parenting from your mom that you’ve adopted with your children?
Keep having fun as a family—that is so important. It creates memories and builds your relationship for the future years.
How do you like raising your kids in Nashville?
Love it. It’s a wonderful place full of Southern family values and yet a booming city that is vibrant and diverse.
What unique things do you appreciate as a mom of young boys?
I love the craziness—playing sports, having an impromptu dance concert in the kitchen. My son just started drum lessons. I love channeling their energy into fun activities!
What motto or words do you live by?
Be the change you wish to see in the world.
“Dress for your body—know what works for you and own it!”
What’s your philosophy on secondhand clothes?
I love searching for a good bargain! Secondhand clothes are a wonderful way to find a bargain on a normally expensive piece that someone only wore a few times. It’s very fun to shop for secondhand clothes and make a great find. I also like to pass my clothes on to others.
Stay tuned for more on Megan Alexander’s style, and her top negotiating tips as we continue our three-part interview series.
Photos: Natalie Chitwood