McRee has been an anchorwoman at KABC in Los Angeles since 1994. She also has network experience on her résumé, as an anchor on the overnight show World News Hour and a correspondent for the newsmagazine Day One. She anchored an entertainment-news pilot, Hip Pop, which was pitched for ABC's prime-time schedule.
ABC said in May that it would replace Lunden after 17 years on GMA, a record run as a morning co-host. Her show has slipped from first to a distant second in the time slot, behind NBC's Today. Faced with such a slide, network executives have looked in the past to replace a youngish woman with an even younger woman (see the Jane Pauley-Katie Couric transition at Today). Lunden is set to exit GMA in September.
Elizabeth Vargas, hired by GMA from Today as a news-reader a year ago, was touted as Lunden's successor. But yesterday, she accepted new jobs as a correspondent for PrimeTime Live and 20/20, as well as anchor for the Saturday evening news.
Next, expect Lunden's co-host, Charles Gibson, to be told he can sleep late, too.