How a Weekend News Anchor Who Wakes Up Before Dawn Spends Her Sundays

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

That’s lucky for her, since she has been getting up at 1:47 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday for the past two years.

“The early hours work against your body clock, but I’ve trained mine to it,” Ms. Ferry, 31, added. “When people are waking up, I’ve lived most of my whole day.”

Ms. Ferry, who co-anchors “Weekends on 1” with Rocco Vertuccio for NY1, said her arrival at the studio, in Chelsea Market, is so early on Sundays that the city is still buzzing with Saturday night party people.

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

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

“I knew doing news was a crazy, unobtainable concept,” Ms. Ferry said, “but that motivated me more. I had something to prove. I’m now used to the routine.”

She has lived in a studio apartment in the East 20s in Manhattan since December 2020 — and has yet to purchase blackout shades.

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