Ben Mulroney

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Ben Mulroney
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Born Benedict Martin Paul Mulroney
(1976-03-09) March 9, 1976 (age 38)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Education B.A
Alma mater Duke University
Years active 2002-Present
Notable credit(s) ETalk
(2002-Presents)
Spouse(s) Jessica Brownstein (2008-present) 3 Children

Benedict Martin Paul "Ben" Mulroney (born March 9, 1976) is a Canadian television host, and is the oldest son of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

Early life[edit]

Mulroney was born in Montreal, Quebec and grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. He is the second of four children born to former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Serbian-Canadian Mila Pivnicki Mulroney. He attended The Hotchkiss School and then earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in history, from Duke. He subsequently earned a Bachelor of Laws degree from Laval.

Career[edit]

Mulroney is best known as the host of the entertainment news program, etalk where he covers major events in entertainment, including the Oscars, the Golden Globes, and the Juno Awards. He is also known for hosting Canadian Idol. From 2001 to 2002, he was entertainment reporter on Canada AM. Mulroney also wrote a regular column for the Toronto Sun.

In April 2009, Mulroney added radio show host to his résumé with the launch of the CHUM Radio show, etalk 20.[1] The two-hour radio program is broadcast on 11 radio stations across Canada and counts down the top 20 chart-topping hits and includes celebrity interviews.

In February 2010, Mulroney and other staff from etalk covered the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games for CTV.[2]

In 2006, Mulroney was appointed as the National Ambassador for UNICEF Canada.[3]

On June 2012, ABC's News President Ben Sherwood announced that Mulroney would be temporarily substituting for Dan Harris during the weekends, while serving as contributor to Good Morning America.[4] This comes after Mulroney's previous stints as temporary co-host with Kelly Ripa on "Live! with Kelly and Michael"[5]

Mulroney was one of several children of former Prime Ministers who became Canadian media personalities between 1998 and 2001. The others include Catherine Clark, Justin Trudeau and Alexandre Trudeau. Mulroney was invited to and attended Justin Trudeau's wedding.[6]

Personal life[edit]

Mulroney became engaged to his girlfriend of one year, fashion designer and stylist Jessica Brownstein, on December 28, 2007 in Montreal.[7] They were married on October 30, 2008 in a private ceremony at St. Patrick's Basilica in Montreal.[8]

Ben and Jessica have 3 children: sons, who are fraternal twins, Brian Gerald Alexander Mulroney and John Benedict Dimitri Mulroney (born on August 12, 2010) and daughter Isabel Veronica Mulroney ("Ivy") (born on June 12, 2013).[9][10]

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