Mateo, according to her PIX bio, started at Channel 11 in 2000 as a production assistant. She rose to on-air exposure, from traffic and weather duties to news anchoring and reporting. But she found her sweet spot covering features for several years on the morning show.
However, in recent weeks, news director Amy Waldman began moving in another direction, taking the popular personality off mornings, where she was a staple with viewers for at least 15 years. Instead, she was put on the day shift, including weekends. Mateo refused comment to TunedIn on whether that impacted her decision to leave.
Her resume at Channel 11 has her reporting and producing for some of the most urgent stories, Superstorm Sandy and the 9/11 attacks among them.
Mateo spread her wings farther by hosting since 2012 Celebrity Taste Makers, where well-known guests discuss their passion for food and a recipe and/or eatery. She will continue as host once the show returns from hiatus.
Her work ethic isn’t just professional. She is such a strong advocate of personal conditioning that Mateo was appointed to the New Jersey Council of Physical Fitness and Sport by former governor Chris Christie.
There is no word on her future plans.