Meet Jessica Lulguri the FOX45 and CW Multimedia Host
While most 7 year-old girls were playing with dolls, Jessica Lulguri (pronounced like "Lose-Your-Eye"), was sneaking the family video camera to create and shoot talk shows with her neighborhood friends.
After her parents found her hosting a segment as her character "Bob Shaveler, the President of the Hair Club for Men," they knew they were in trouble (and not because they thought she was a cross-dresser, although that would have been totally okay.) This little girl dressed in a hat and tie imitating a grown man with middle-aged hair loss woes would do anything for a laugh, had a great camera presence and she was actually funny.
Graduating from the University of South Florida in 2008 with a degree in Broadcast News, Jessica's "anything goes" attitude, wit and versatility shone through various television and radio internships, student produced documentaries, and newscasts. Immediately after graduation, Jessica auditioned as a field reporter for a new Tampa based sports entertainment show. After being offered a segment on the show, Jessica ended up creating, writing and performing the segment weekly.
With success on the sport's show, opportunities to interview celebrity performers at venues around the Tampa Bay area came knocking. Jessica capitalized on these opportunities, further developing her impromptu interview style. With her reputation as a local talent growing, she took a job offer writing and hosting a movie review segment called "Cinema Cube" for the Bay Area IMAX theater. Soon after, she was hired as the host of the nationally syndicated infomercial, Easyfeet.
In late 2010, Jes found herself in Providence, Rhode Island vying for a co-hosting position on the local Fox-affiliate lifestyle and entertainment morning show. While she was the runner up for the job, she was not deterred. In late 2011, Jessica made her first guest host appearance on the nationally syndicated, Home Shopping Network. Jessica has since made her way to Los Angeles to further pursue her hosting career, more confident than ever.
When reminded of her internship days she laughs, especially at memories of accepting morning show dares like the time she took her Grandma to the dentist with fake celebrity mugshot tattoos all over her face. Photographer in tow, Jessica's only complaint was how unfazed her grandmother was by the whole thing.
Fast forward to Jessica eating hot peppers live on a Fox-affiliate morning show's cooking segment while co-hosting because she was dared. She simply said, "If a dare is in reason, I'm doing it."
Jessica's not scared to step out of her comfort zone to grow, learn, entertain and relate to viewers. Her "anything goes" attitude is infectious and she encourages everyone to do the same saying, "if you're living inside your comfort zone, then you're not living." Whether she's interviewing Nascar great Jimmie Johnson, imitating a pre-industrial revolution farmer for a day or cooking it up in the kitchen, Jessica's genuine, witty and "anything goes" hosting style is one that people can't help watching.
Q&A with Jessica
Favorite Movie: A Bronx Tale. The 'car door test' Sonny teaches C always stuck with me. Power locks kind of ruined that though.
First Job: I worked the front desk at a dry cleaners in high school twice a week and got paid $46.17 every Friday. I immediately spent it on clothes. Money management wasn't 'my thing' back then.
College: University of South Florida
Celebrity I'd most Like a Date With: James Franco
Favorite Song: I love all types of music, from The Beatles to Jay-Z. There's no way I could choose one song.
Most Desired Super Power: I'd love to be able to teleport. Such a time saver, no layovers or bag fees.
Place I'd Most Like to Travel To: Fiji. I don't know if I'd ever come back...
Favorite Food: Italian food, for sure. Risotto, gnocchi, all of it. All the time.