We had the good fortune of connecting with Bianca Rae and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Bianca, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
For me, a little naivete and a lot of optimism has shaped my life. For every big endeavor – whether that was running for (and losing) class President seven consecutive times as a kid, moving across the country for my first job at 22, interviewing the biggest movie stars in the world at 23, starting a non-profit at the age of 24, or even now anchoring in Los Angeles – I never thought twice about how scary, intimidating or unattainable any of that was. I still don’t think like that. My favorite quote has always been by Mary Kay Ash, “Aerodynamically, the bumble bee shouldn’t be able to fly, but the bumble bee doesn’t know it so it goes on flying anyway.” Not knowing what I “shouldn’t be able to do” has given me a unique mix of confidence and courage. God blessed me with a permanent pair of rose colored glasses and for that I am eternally grateful.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am the Monday-Friday 5 and 6pm anchor of Spectrum News 1 in Los Angles. I absolutely love Spectrum News and everything it stands for. Our network covers hyperlocal stories, shining a light on people in Southern California, making them feel seen and heard. I am proud to bring people those stories every night. Also, through my Passion Project series, where I interview celebrities about their philanthropic work, I am grateful to get to cover Hollywood differently than anyone else in the industry. To me, the way celebrities use their platform to impact change is one of the biggest things we should celebrate and highlight about Hollywood. The messenger is often just as important as the message. Through their work with various non-profits, I have firsthand seen the way celebrities make change – and inspire others to get involved as well.
I also run my non-profit that I created in 2013, the Bianca Rae Foundation. Our goal is to be a voice for the voiceless: children and animals. In our animal welfare vertical, we organize adoption events to help get dogs and cats out of shelters. In our youth vertical, we hold the annual Rae Of Hope Retreat for middle school girls and boys, where they learn about self-esteem building, leadership, anti-bullying, and more issues impacting kids their age. To date, more than 2000 kids have attended our program. During the pandemic we have pivoted and given out financial assistance to dozens of families in SoCal, and purchased tablets for schools and organizations in need to help bridge the digital divide.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love and spend time in both LA and OC, and am grateful to get to enjoy a combination of the two. I would start with outdoor coffee at a coffee shop on the water in Newport Beach, taking in the beautiful morning. Then I love going on a little duffy boat in the Newport Harbor– it is the perfect showcase of the beauty of Southern California. Add in a little cheese and prosecco, and what a perfect afternoon! Then at night, there’s nothing like LA for dinner. So many favorite spots, but I love bringing visitors to Mr. Chow or Catch LA. Sitting on the rooftop of Catch, overlooking the lights of the city and the Hollywood Hills, invigorates you with the vibrancy of Los Angeles and this special city. If we didn’t eat enough, or even if we did, maybe we’d stop at a taco truck on the way home!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to thank those who served as bowling “bumpers” in my life. They have guided me down the right path: my family, my mentors, and my Bianca Rae Foundation family. My mom, dad and sister, and my extended big Greek and Italian family, have always propelled me and provided an unapparelled amount of support, encouragement and excitement for all I have set out to do. Also, I have had many mentors take me in as they shared their wisdom. Their faith gave me confidence. Lastly, in creating the Bianca Rae Foundation as an adult, I have formed a small team of foundation volunteers who have become my California family. They truly keep the Bianca Rae Foundation, and me, going. Auntie Rosie, Cathie, Diane, Lisa, Monica, Jack and Sean…you’re changing the world and I love and appreciate you all.
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