Everybody deserves one more hug: Megan Alexander Interview
“Since I was a little girl, I would see the red kettle in front of the grocery store and I would ask my parents, ‘Mom, Dad, what is that all about?’” said Megan Alexander, who on November 22, 2019 hosted the Salvation Army Greater New York Division’s 72ndAnnual Gala Concert & Fundraiser. “The Army has been a staple in my life.”
Today, Alexander is an Emmy–nominated national news correspondent, author, speaker, and actor. She can be seen every evening on the longest–running, top–rated syndicated national news magazine television show INSIDE EDITION.
“I’ve researched various organizations and charities and I see how The Salvation Army consistently gets such phenomenal ratings and the organization is so well run,” said Alexander. “I have children of my own and I consider it a teachable moment for them to come to a gala like this and say to them, ‘Hey, remember that red kettle we saw in front of the grocery store? This is the organization that is doing the most good.’ As a believer, the Army’s Christian values mean a lot to me.”
The author of One More Hug, a picture book for children, Alexander is known for putting people at ease while entertaining and informing the public. “You’ve just got to remember that everybody is human, everybody has a story, and everybody came from somewhere. I try to connect on a personal level; I ask them about their kids, and where they grew up. As a mother of three, I often talk to guests about their kids and that’s a great way to break the ice. I try to remember that everybody deserves dignity and respect, no matter what their story is.
“On INSIDE EDITION we’ve covered every type of story. We’ve seen people on top of the world professionally while going through some really tough times in their personal lives. It’s not all glitz and glamor. The Salvation Army frequently covers the human impact of natural disasters. We see people in all different seasons.”
Alexander said she hopes the gala will be inspirational and generational in scope. “We’re celebrating people who want to do good in the world and who want to live out their Christian values. The Salvation Army has done a great job in looking to the next generation who will take on the mantle. I think it’s brilliant that Gloria Gaynor is having the youth choir perform with her and will be recording with them. I’m also looking forward to doing a reading from One More Hug with some children from The Salvation Army.”
by Warren L. Maye
Megan Alexander is an Emmy nominated national news reporter. She can be seen every evening as a correspondent on the longest-running syndicated national news magazine television show Inside Edition. For the 2015/2016 seasons, Megan was a Special Correspondent for CBS Television covering “Thursday Night Football.”