Tara Hitch­cock

TV per­son­al­ity Tara Hitch­cock talks ca­reer lessons, her fa­vorite places around town, and her top travel tips.

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A fa­mil­iar face on screens big and small, Tara Hitch­cock be­gan her tele­vi­sion ca­reer in Beau­mont, Texas, be­fore later mov­ing to Ari­zona to host KTVK’s “Good Morn­ing Ari­zona.” Af­ter 15 years, Hitch­cock left to pur­sue other ca­reer goals. The two-time Emmy-win­ner is cur­rently seen on movie screens host­ing celebrity in­ter­views for Harkins The­atres, hosts weekly “At the Movies” seg­ments on “Good Morn­ing Ari­zona,” and writes for mag­a­zines—among other ven­tures.

What drew you to tele­vi­sion?

See­ing Diane Sawyer an­chor the evening news in el­e­men­tary school. I re­mem­ber think­ing, “Now there's a job that never gets bor­ing. Things hap­pen ev­ery day.”

You had a long ca­reer with “Good Morn­ing Ari­zona.” What are you do­ing now?

Try­ing to fig­ure it all out. :) Oh, and craft­ing my celebrity in­ter­view seg­ments while trav­el­ing with fam­ily and friends, and oc­ca­sion­ally writ­ing about it.

What do you love about it?

Ev­ery­thing! What I'm do­ing now com­bines my pas­sions for travel, en­ter­tain­ment, sports... and AL­WAYS, food!

What has been your per­sonal ca­reer high­light?

It will al­ways be the fact that a few guys (Phil Alvidrez and Dennis O'Neill, for­mer KTVK news di­rec­tor and as­sis­tant news di­rec­tor) de­cided to take a chance and give a very raw 25-year-old with re­ally bad hair, work­ing in Beau­mont, Texas, a shot at host­ing a big morn­ing show in Ari­zona! I was called into the of­fice only once in eight years for some­thing I wore on TV. That's UN­HEARD OF in an age of im­age con­sul­tants and fo­cus groups. You know what they asked me ev­ery day? “You still hav­ing fun?” I wish for ev­ery­one to have bosses like that.

Do you have a fa­vorite movie?

“Love Ac­tu­ally.”

Any ad­vice for some­one try­ing to get into the field?

As sim­ple as it sounds: BE YOUR­SELF. The best com­pli­ment I get is, “You're just like you are on TV!”

What has been your big­gest or un­ex­pected ca­reer les­son?

Best les­son: If you're not happy, DO SOME­THING ABOUT IT. It's too easy to stay in sit­u­a­tions that drain you. Why? Hon­estly, ev­ery­thing goes back to Oprah. She said once about re­la­tion­ships, “You want to be with some­one who makes you MORE of your­self, not LESS of your­self.” You can ap­ply that to work. Peo­ple thrive when they're sup­ported and happy and al­lowed to be “MORE of them­selves.”

When you’re not work­ing, where are your fa­vorite places to fre­quent in the Val­ley?

Any Harkins The­atres! (Yep, I'm bi­ased!) My Sis­ter's Closet and My Sis­ter’s At­tic (great deals!) and Ar­ca­dia (our neigh­bor­hood).

Any fa­vorite restau­rants?

The Mis­sion, Tar­bell’s (and his Tav­ern), the Star­bucks at Scotts­dale Fash­ion Square (that counts as a res­tau­rant be­cause I get a vanilla bean scone there al­most daily!).

The places you al­ways rec­om­mend that vis­i­tors to the Val­ley try or ex­pe­ri­ence?

Where do I be­gin? Ex­plore Old Town Scotts­dale, hike Camel­back Moun­tain, drive to Care­free, take in a round of golf ANY­WHERE, drinks at J&G Steak­house at The Phoeni­cian, the Desert Botan­i­cal Gar­den, the gua­camole and te­quila at La Ha­cienda at the Fair­mont Scotts­dale Princess. Se­dona, Jerome, Flagstaff. Should I go on?

You travel a lot for work… any travel tips you can share?

This may re­quire a sep­a­rate ar­ti­cle! Global En­try for sure... TSA PreCheck saves you. NEVER check on lug­gage, en­roll in a fre­quent flier pro­gram ASAP (and get your kids en­rolled–you can steal their points for YOUR up­grades!), al­ways look for deals, and DON'T WAIT to take that trip! Life is too short!

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