Lisa Pereira crossed seas and climates to settle in Ireland from her birthplace of Trinidad and Tobago. An early convert to journalism, she worked for a while for In Dublin magazine and other Irish publications before moving to Paris and falling into radio broadcasting at Radio France Internationale.
One of the most exciting stories she covered at that time was a state visit by Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev and his wife Raisa to Paris, where he was greeted like a rock star by tens of thousands of people who turned out in the streets.
The hardest was an interview for the Irish Times with Danielle Mitterrand, the notoriously private wife of the then-French president. Mme. Mitterrand answered Lisa's list of 30-odd questions in a matter of minutes, giving very little away, and leaving the reporter scouring her mind and vocabulary for anything that might shed some light on the French First Lady.
Upon her return to Dublin in 1992, Lisa became a full-time mother which she describes as "the hardest job of them all". She took up a job at RTÉ, never imagining she'd end up on Morning Ireland, where she got possibly less sleep than before.
Lisa was first reporter, then editor on Morning Ireland, before becoming Studio and Web Producer, in charge of feeding fresh material onto the programme while it's on air, and developing Morning Ireland's presence on the web.
Lisa did her university studies in Paris and the United States after a childhood spent in Venezuela, Libya, and Australia. Her father's career brought the family to these countries and, eventually, to Ireland, where Lisa completed her secondary school education.
Lisa is the mother of three children. She's married to the photographer Billy Stickland.