The List: Margaret Larson

Most locals know Margaret Larson as the friendly host of KING 5’s daily lifestyle talk show, New Day NW. From the show’s studio in Seattle, she interviews everyone from celebrities to local heroes. But Larson’s career on TV launched long before her time on New Day. For 30 years, this Bellevue resident has traveled the world chasing stories. She’s covered two Iraq wars and encountered crocodiles in East Africa. She’s been a correspondent for NBC News and Dateline. She’s also an advocate for several nonprofits that assist people around the globe. Back at home, she loves the Seahawks, her morning Starbucks, and her dog Pip.

Favorite places

to relax
Lewis Creek Park in Bellevue.

for dinner
Bis on Main in Bellevue.

for sweets
Fran’s Chocolates.

Frank Fujimoto via creative commons

to work out
Gold’s Gym.

to clear my head
Our backyard with our dog Pip.

Inspiration Board 

TV show
Mad Men.

Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren.

Favorite journalist of all time
Ida B. Wells.


Guns N’ Roses, Lenny Kravitz, Metallica

Favorite photo in my house
A goofy photo of our family at our son’s college graduation.

Favorite quote
My grandfather always advised, “Look around and see what needs doin’.”

inspired by
Beth Farmer of Lutheran Community Services NW/Refugees Northwest.


What’s an interesting Dateline episode you worked on?
My first story was, at the time, the only on-camera interview with Mary Kay Letourneau the day before she went to prison.

You’ve covered stories all around the world — what’s one thing  you find in people everywhere?
The way people look at their children.

What’s one of your proudest moments on New Day?
Any time we can shine a light on the best people, causes, and events in the Northwest.

You’re a Seahawks fan — where do you watch?
My husband and I watch at home in front of the TV, with our chairs in victory formation, of course. Michael Bennett is my favorite player.

Jeffrey Beall via wikimedia commons

Where does your passion for nonprofits come from?

We’re all in this life together.

This is 425’s food issue! What’s the best dish you make?
Chocolate espresso lava cake.

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