Lisa Guerrero (born April 9, 1964) is an American investigative journalist, actress, former sportscaster, host and model. In 2003, the Los Angeles Times called Guerrero the “hardest working sports reporter”. Since 2006, Guerrero has been an investigative correspondent for the nationally syndicated newsmagazine Inside Edition.
Guerrero was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Walter Coles, an American of English descent, and Lucy Guerrero, who was from Chile. Guerrero spent her childhood living in San Diego and Huntington Beach, California. In 1972, when she was aged eight, her mother died of cancer. To cope with the loss, her father enrolled her in theater therapy.
Guerrero began her show-business career in the 1980s as a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Rams, after which she became Entertainment Director for the Atlanta Falcons and New England Patriots.
In the 1990s, she starred in Aaron Spelling’s Sunset Beach as the scheming Francesca Vargas. She also guest-starred in Frasier (the “Odd Man Out” and “Frasier’s Imaginary Friend” episodes), The George Lopez Show and In the Heat of the Night. In 1997, she became a sports anchor on Los Angeles’ KCBS-TV and later KTTV.
In 1999, Guerrero moved to the Fox Network, where she participated in such shows as Sports Geniuses, Fox Overtime, Fox Extra Innings and the Toughman competition shows. Guerrero travelled to Egypt to tape the special Opening the Tombs of the Golden Mummies and starred in the San Diego Chargers magazine-style television show. Guerrero also co-hosted The Best Damn Sports Show Period, alongside Tom Arnold and Michael Irvin.
On June 15, 2006, Guerrero became a correspondent on the TV newsmagazine Inside Edition. Guerrero also became the co-host of VH1’s game show The World Series of Pop Culture. Guerrero occasionally writes a blog for the Los Angeles Times sports section and the Huffington Post.
She and her husband, former MLB pitcher, Scott Erickson, paired to make the independent film A Plumm Summer. Though the film was not released nationwide, Guerrero’s first endeavor as producer earned strong accolades and various awards, including The Austin Film Festival Audience Award for Best Family Film, The Heartland Film Festival Family Movie Event Selection, The International Family Film Festival Best Film, The Parents Television Council Seal of Approval, The Dove Foundation Seal of Approval and a rave review from The Daily Variety. In 2007, Guerrero took on the role of executive producer, in addition to playing a lead role in the film.
In 2010, Guerrero hosted the first Live Webcast of the 82nd Academy Awards Red Carpet for Oscar.com, integrating viewers’ questions from Facebook into celebrity interviews, adding yet another award show to the dozens which she had previously hosted.