Meet Modern Mom- Morgan Fogarty

Morgan Fogarty balances being a mother while pursuing her career as an anchor and reporter on WCCB Charlotte with grace and style. Pregnant with her second child (a daughter due in the summer) and mama to Sawyer, Morgan and her husband, Jeremy, make the most of their weekends together as parents. We loved getting to know a little bit more about what makes Morgan a Modern Mom!

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Photo Credit: Ariana Clare

In what city were you born? Washington, D.C.

How many siblings do you have? 1 sister, 28, 1 half-sister, 44

Where do you fall in the birth order? Technically, middle, but my half-sister didn’t live with us growing up, so I identify more as a first child.

Did you sleep with a special blanket or animal? How old were you when you gave it up? I slept with a stuffed dog named “Charlie” that my parents bought me during a vacation to Charleston, SC when I was 1 year old until I was in college, to be honest. “Charlie” is still providing comfort to my family. He’s a little tattered and torn, but now he hangs out in my 2.5 year old son’s bedroom.

What does it say next to your senior high school yearbook picture? “Better to have loved and lost than never loved at all.” I was being dramatic about a break-up with a high school boyfriend. Silly. But it is a nice sentiment. I just wish I hadn’t applied it to that relationship.

Where did you go to college? Penn State University, University Park

What cities have you lived in? Washington, D.C., Gaithersburg, MD, Solon, OH, Holland, PA, Lancaster, PA, State College, PA, Hagerstown, MD, Frederick, MD, Charlotte, N.C.

Have you ever been in a car accident? One time on the I-485 flyover. I was headed into work around 1AM (I worked on WCCB News Rising, our morning show, back then), hit a patch of ice and slid into the fly-over wall. I’m sure would have died if I had been going faster, broken through the wall and fell hundreds of feet to the ground. Thankfully, I was fine, my car only had minor scrapes and no one else was involved. Knock on wood, no other accidents.

How many candles will your blow out on your birthday cake this year? 34.

How did you meet your spouse? Jeremy and I met in 5th grade at Bucher Elementary School in Lancaster, PA. We grew up together, have lots of shared memories and fun pictures together from different life events like prom, graduation, etc. Dated briefly in college, then re-connected as young adults and the rest is history!

Where did you get married? The Glen Foerd Mansion in Philadelphia, PA.

How long did you wait to have kids? 5 years; we had our son in 2012 and I am due with our second, a daughter, in June.

Did you find out the sex of your babies? Yes. I am admittedly far too Type A to have waited to find out.

How did you feel when you saw your first child? “This is so surreal!” and “He has the cutest feet!”

What was your hardest day as a parent? Haven’t had a hardest “day”, to be honest. I’m sure it will come. I’ve hard hard “moments” due to exhaustion and frustration, but they pass quickly.

morgannewbioWhat traits do you see of yourself in your children? Curious, talkative, stubborn.

Where do you love to vacation as a family? The beach. Isle of Palms has been our favorite go-to as of late.

When do you find time for yourself? When my son is at pre-school, my husband is working and I can sometimes carve out a couple hours to myself before my workday starts at 2PM.

What is the greatest lesson your father taught you? To work hard for what you want, to expect no handouts.

Do you still make a recipe that your mother made? My mother comes from a long line of women who didn’t particularly like to cook and never really developed the skill (beyond the basics). I am continuing the family tradition 😉 But I will say, my mom did make a mean chicken/broccoli/cheese casserole that I have made on occasion.

Do you work? If so, what do you do? I’ve been a TV news anchor for WCCB Charlotte since 2005. Before that, I worked as an anchor at WHAG-TV in Hagerstown, MD for a couple years.

What living person do you most admire? That I actually know: Jerry Richardson. That I admire from afar: Megyn Kelly. 

What are your children’s nicknames? Sawyer has a lot of nicknames. “Chicken,” “Buggie,” and “Soy” are a few. We have a name selected for our daughter, but we won’t develop any nicknames until we actually meet her (I’m due in June).

What is the moment each day where you find a little peace for yourself? Before I go to sleep, reading news articles from across the country and the world that I didn’t have a chance to read during the day.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment thus far in life? My children and my marriage. I am proud of my career, too, and I take my work seriously, but I try not to take myself seriously or let my work define me. I often think, “What would I do tomorrow if I woke up and didn’t work in TV?” I would very happily and enthusiastically pursue a career as a police detective or FBI agent.

What makes you a modern parent? I suppose what makes me a modern parent is that like more and more women; I work full-time (which I love) while balancing a growing family and a marriage. I am very protective of my weekends – sometimes to my friends’ frustration – because it’s the only focused family time I get. The workweek is hectic and scheduled and rigid. Weekends, for me, are for connecting, playing and catching up on “life” with the people I love most.  I want my son (and soon, daughter) to understand and respect that I love my career – but also know that they (my kids and Jeremy) are my priority and that I will always make quality time for them.

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Kelly Yale

Kelly Yale

Kelly Yale has written for many parenting websites and wrote a weekly column for Charlotte Parent called “Diva Mom” for many years. Kelly created Modern Parent in social media several years ago and is excited to relaunch a new Modern Parent website. When she isn’t working as the Marketing Director for a mortgage company, she plays wife to Matt and mom to Ryan & Josh in Charlotte, North Carolina.