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Carla Pesono is an award-winning journalist who joins WGNO as the co-host of Good Morning New Orleans at 5-7 a.m. and anchor for WGNO News at 11 a.m. She comes to New Orleans from Baton Rouge, where she covered news, weather and traffic for WVLA Local 33 News.

Carla also is the weekly host and producer of “Carla’s Menu,” where she showcases local hidden gem restaurants in the area. Catch a new segment every Tuesday on GMNO at 6am.

Previously, she worked at KSN16 in Joplin, Missouri as the Morning Co-Anchor/Weather/Reporter.

Carla created a similar restaurant segment in Joplin called “Four State Finds” and “Carla’s Kitchen” in Baton Rouge. She also produced a live cooking segment called “What’s Carla Cooking?” on KSN Local News Today.

She’s originally from Buffalo, NY and earned a Broadcast Journalism for TV degree at Columbia College Chicago.

Carla loves the culture Southeast Louisiana has to offer, like food, fishing and festivals. She also enjoys fitness, cooking, playing volleyball, painting and volunteering with her therapy dog, Teddy.

Follow Carla on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @carlapesono

Recent Articles
  • Carla’s Menu: Copper Vine Wine Pub

    NEW ORLEANS – On this Carla’s Menu, I’m taking you downtown to Copper Vine Wine Pub. Owner and restaurateur, Kyle Brechtel, wanted to add a wine pub at the corner of Poydras and O’Keefe streets to add to his other concepts. This building was originally home of Maylies’s, open back in 1876 and closed in 1986. Brechtel kept the original bar and woodwork, adding a beautiful wine garden, and full-service restaurant. This casual but elevated vibe allows you to come for […]

  • Trump’s ‘SNL’ attack crosses the line

    On Friday, President Donald Trump declared a national emergency because, as he put it, there’s a “national security crisis on our border” marked by “an invasion of our country with drugs, with human traffickers, with all types of criminals and gangs.” With that type of calamity bearing down on our nation, you would expect Trump to be laser focused on the threat in the days that followed. But this weekend, Trump managed to find time to watch NBC’s “Saturday Night […]

  • Carla’s Menu: Fharmacy Nola

    NEW ORLEANS – On this Carla’s Menu, I’m taking you to a hole in the wall comfort food joint in Mid-City, Fharmacy Nola. Chefs and owners Nhat and Chien Nguyen are serving up comfort food with their twist. Menu Items Featured: Dr. Tan Burger Lemongrass Chicken Tacos Wings Vietnamese Sausage Chicago Style Combo Fharmacy Nola is located at 2540 Banks Street. Open every day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed on Sundays. Follow Carla Pesono on instagram and Facebook

  • Hiring a singing telegram, The Fleur de Lis Quartet

    NEW ORLEANS – The Fleur de Lis Quartet are members of the Crescent City Sound Chorus in New Orleans, and part of Sweet Adelines International. They’ve been performing singing telegrams together for the last decade. The all-female members include, Jeannine Thibodaux (Lead), Sheryl York (Bass), Nanette Ledet (Baritone), and Beverly Traub (Tenor). The quartet has an open schedule and will go anywhere, for any occasion to sing a song for your loved one. To contact the Fleur de Lis Quartet, […]

  • Carla’s Menu: Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco

    NEW ORLEANS – On this Carla’s Menu I’m taking you to an authentic Peruvian restaurant, Tito’s Ceviche & Pisco. This quaint little restaurant and bar is located in uptown on Magazine street and makes you feel like you are stepping into Peru. The executive chef and owner, Juan Lock, says he opened the place back in August 2017 because, “They didn’t have any Peruvian food in the area it’s something nice to have that something different from other places.” Chef […]

  • R. Kelly announces overseas tour

    Embattled singer R. Kelly announced new tour dates in a tweet Tuesday, but the tweet was later deleted. The announcement promised shows in Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka. No further details were offered. The singer has been embroiled in renewed controversy in the wake of the recent Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly,” which chronicles allegations of abuse, predatory behavior and pedophilia against the singer. ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ is resonating more because of #MeToo Kelly has consistently denied the allegations, […]

  • Solid jobs report expected for January despite shutdown

    The January jobs report is due out on Friday, and the longest government shutdown in history has left experts guessing what the numbers will look like. The Bureau of Labor Statistics said this week that the 800,000 federal workers that were furloughed or asked to work without pay through January 25 will count as employed in the establishment survey, which generates the headline payrolls number. The 380,000 employees who were furloughed — those who didn’t work and weren’t paid during […]

  • Carla’s Menu: Clesi’s Restaurant and Catering

    NEW ORLEANS – On this Carla’s Menu, I’m taking you to a great boil spot in Mid-City, Clesi’s Restaurant and Catering. Owned by siblings and New Orleans natives, James Clesi, Carlo Clesi and Sonya Dicarlo. They recently moved to this spot at 4323 Bienville Street in New Orleans’ Mid-City neighborhood to boil up crawfish, crab and shrimp. The space has a full bar and a large outside patio to experience a one-of-a-kind experience. They also offer catering for any event, […]

  • Carla’s Menu: Hippie Kitchen

    In this edition of Carla’s Menu, Carla Pesono takes you in the Old Jefferson neighborhood to a local farm-to-table spot called, Hippie Kitchen.

  • Carla’s Menu: MANGÚ

    NEW ORLEANS – On this Carla’s Menu, I’m taking you to an authentic Dominican restaurant, MANGÚ, on the Westbank in Gretna. Dariana Marte and her parents are from Santiago, Dominican Republic and opened this restaurant August 2017. MANGÚ is located at 2112 Belle Chase Highway in Gretna. CLICK HERE! For more information

  • A roller coaster on a cruise ship?

    There’s a new wave of excitement at sea as several cruise lines race to one-up each other with the latest action-packed, over-the-top amusements. Carnival, Norwegian and Royal Caribbean, known for their modern megaships, are putting a literal twist on their on-board offerings, with some rousing attractions that are not for the faint of heart. Now, cruise-going adrenaline junkies can trade chill time for thrills time, with these high-powered, high-speed diversions on the high seas, including the industry’s first roller coaster […]

  • Catholic student says people are judging him from one expression during viral staredown

    Nick Sandmann, the Catholic school student in the center of the viral video showing him facing off with a native American elder, spoke for the first time to the “Today” show Wednesday, saying, “People have judged me based off one expression.” “I wasn’t smirking,” the 16-year-old said, “but people assume that’s what I have (done), and they’ve gone from there to titling me and labeling me as a racist person, someone that’s disrespectful to adults. … They’ve had to assume […]

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