From the stage to the small screen, Lissette Gonzalez has been entertaining and informing audiences around the country for more than a decade. Her years of experience, artistic talents, and inherent charisma with a knack for spontaneity have made her a fan favorite and a force in the industry.
Viewers in Lissette’s native South Florida now tune in to WFOR-TV CBS4 every weekday to catch her award-winning weather forecasts. Every morning from 5 to 7 am and again at noon on CBS4, her radiant smile greets early risers and lunchtime viewers. From 7 to 9 am, Lissette provides live, local weather updates both in and out of the studio throughout the National CBS “Early Show.”
Prior to joining CBS, Lissette was the primary Weather Anchor for the KTLA Prime News in Los Angeles, California-the #2 market in the country. She worked alongside the late, great broadcasting legend Hal Fishman. During the time they shared on the air, Lissette learned from the very best. Lissette’s KTLA weathercast was awarded by the Associated Press Television-Radio Association with a Mark Twain AP Award for “Best Weather segment.”
Lissette got her start in front of the cameras while studying Broadcast Journalism and Music-Vocal Performance, at the University of Miami. She anchored Newscasts on UMTV. Lissette moved on to host and report for the local magazine show “Miami Hoy” (Miami Today) on Miavision.
In New York and in Miami, Lissette starred as “Maria” in the Off-Broadway hit "4 Guys Named Jose and una Mujer Named Maria" and then signed a major record deal with RCA. She is a former Miss Florida and second-runner up to Miss America, where she won over $50,000 in scholarships, which helped her graduate with a double major in broadcast journalism and music from the University of Miami. Lissette is a self-made, multi-talented woman who has excelled in every single one of her professional endeavors and the best of her career is yet to come…
Lissette got her start in front of the cameras while studying Broadcast Journalism and Music-Vocal Performance, at the University of Miami. She anchored the “Daybreak” and “Primetime” Newscasts on UMTV and reported the news on the University of Miami radio station WVUM. Lissette moved on to host and report for the local magazine show “Miami Hoy” (Miami Today) on Miavision-13. For three years, she worked the South Florida arts, culture and entertainment beat for “Miami Hoy.”
While at the University of Miami, Lissette stumbled upon the Miss University of Miami Scholarship pageant, and figured it would be a great opportunity to fund her education and open doors in the television and entertainment industry. In the years to come, she won Miss Miami, Miss Florida and became 2nd runner up to Miss America. It was during that fateful Miss America national telecast that Lissette’s rendition of “All That Jazz” caught the attention of a prominent theatrical producer who referred her to Tony award winning producer Dasha Epstein. Epstein had been searching for a leading lady to star in a new Latin musical she was producing with Latin pop star Enrique Iglesias.
Lissette moved to the Big Apple to star as “Maria” in the Off-Broadway hit “4 Guys Named Jose and una mujer named Maria”, and proved to be an audience favorite and the critics’ darling. The New York Times’ Ben Brantley declared Lissette “has a comic gusto…She is a bombshell beauty with the face-splitting grin of Julia Roberts”. Clive Barnes of the New York Post stated: “Gonzalez delivers Maria with powerhouse zest.” In The Miami Herald: “They love Miamian Lissette Gonzalez in New York. The critics are lauding her comedic ability, the voice that made her 2nd Runner up in 1998 Miss America contest..” El Nuevo Herald proclaimed: “The discovery is the Cuban from Miami…who not only has a beautiful voice, but is also a revelation as a singer-actress”. Lissette later reprised her role in the Actor’s Playhouse production of “4 Guys Named Jose…” at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables and was nominated for the prestigious Carbonell Award for “Best actress in Musical.”
Lissette’s success Off-Broadway led to the realization of another life long dream when she signed a record deal in 2001 with RCA Records. Lissette recorded with Grammy-award winning music producers and songwriters in New York, Los Angeles and Miami including The Matrix , Rudy Perez and Desmond Child, the man behind hits for Bon Jovi, Aerosmith and Ricky Martin.
Lissette has appeared in and on the covers of magazines including Ocean Drive, Ocean Drive en Español, Latina, Selecta, Rosie, Glamour en Español, Cosmo en Español and many others. She was also featured locally on WSVN-7’S “Deco Drive,” NBC-6’s “Trend Tracker” and internationally on Univision’s “Despierta America” and “El Gordo y la Flaca,” and on Telemundo’s “Cotorreando” and “Edicion Especial.”
In 2003, Lissette served as co-host of the nationally syndicated lifestyles magazine show, “Livin’ Large” and its Spanish-language counterpart, “La Vida a lo Grande.” Lissette also served as correspondent for the show and traveled all over the world, taking viewers on a journey to some of the most exotic locations on the planet.
After “Livin’ Large,” Lissette was handpicked by the producers of the nationally syndicated television show “Extra” to host a pilot for a Spanish-language version entitled “Extra en Espanol.” She hosted the show with Mario Lopez in Los Angeles and was asked to report for “Extra” and co-host a special weekend edition of “Extra” alongside Roger Lodge of “Blind Date.”
Lissette’s hard work and unwavering dedication paid off when KTLA called and offered her a Weather Anchor position in the number two market in the country. In addition to her weathercasts, Lissette was able to incorporate her passion for the arts into her work, where she also covered entertainment news. She covered the “Imagen Awards” and the “National Hispanic Media Coalition Impact Awards,” where the list of celebrities she interviewed includes Andy Garcia, Antonio Banderas, Edward James Olmos, and America Ferrera.
Born and raised in Miami, this Cuban American beauty is back home in South Florida now, where she is busy tracking the tropics and forecasting local weather on CBS4 and CBS4.com. Lissette is a member of the local and National American Meteorological Society. She frequently ventures outside of the studio to deliver her weathercast live from South Florida’s most vibrant events and celebrated venues. In addition, Lissette hosts a weather segment for “The Welcome Channel”- a 24-hour channel dedicated to providing visitors and locals with information on Miami and it’s beaches.
Lissette is very active in the community, hosting, speaking, performing and participating in charity events. She visits South Florida schools and speaks to students about weather and the importance of education and diversity. And she is very involved with CBS4’s Neighbors 4 Neighbors programs. Lissette is still very passionate about music and in her free time, she enjoys singing and has had the opportunity to perform the National Anthem at Heat, Marlins and Dolphins games. When not working, Lissette also enjoys spending time with her family and friends.