Emily Rooney

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Emily Rooney
Born (1950-01-17) January 17, 1950 (age 64)
Rowayton, Connecticut [refs 1]
Occupation Journalist, writer, news producer, television personality
Nationality American
Citizenship United States
Alma mater American University (1972) [refs 1]
Spouse Kirby Perkins [refs 1]
Children Alexis (daughter)
Relatives Andy Rooney (father)
Marguerite "Margie" Rooney (née Howard) (mother)
Brian Rooney (brother)
Martha (twin sister)
Website
www.wgbh.org/programs/The-Emily-Rooney-Show-854

Emily Rooney (born 1/17/1950)[refs 1] is an American journalist, TV talk show and radio host and former news producer. Since 1997, Rooney has been the host, executive editor and creator of Greater Boston[refs 2] and the weekly Beat the Press on WGBH-TV,[refs 3] which are also later rebroadcast on the Boston-based WGBH radio station. She also hosted the Emily Rooney Show on WGBH radio.

WGBH announced on May 29, 2014 that Emily Rooney would be stepping down from her host position of 'Greater Boston' TV show in January 2015 to become a Special Correspondent for the program. (She will remain in her role as moderator on Beat the Press.) Rooney has been with the program since 1997.[refs 4] Her final 'Greater Boston' show as its host was Thursday, December 18, 2014, after 18 years.

Career[edit]

Before coming to WGBH, Rooney was director of political coverage and special events at Fox Network in New York from 1994 to 1997.[refs 5] Before that, she was executive producer of World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, ABC's nightly news program.[refs 6] She also worked at WCVB-TV in Boston from 1979 to 1993, where she served as news director for three years and as assistant news director before that.[refs 1] In the mid to late 70's, Emily also worked at the CBS affiliate in Hartford, Connecticut, WFSB, as an assignment editor, among other positions at the station.

Personal life[edit]

Emily Rooney is the daughter of noted CBS 60 Minutes correspondent and humorist Andy Rooney. She has an identical twin sister, Martha, who is Chief of the Public Services Division at the United States National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. Her brother Brian Rooney is a correspondent for ABC News. Rooney has one daughter, Alexis. Rooney's husband, WCVB-TV reporter Kirby Perkins, died suddenly of heart failure July 1997. Rooney lived in the metro west suburb of Newton for many years and now resides in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood.[refs 7]

Education[edit]

She is a graduate of American University in Washington and holds honorary doctoral degrees from the University of Massachusetts Boston and Westfield State College.

Honors[edit]

Emily Rooney has been awarded the National Press Club's Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism, a series of New England Emmy Awards, and Associated Press recognition for Best News/Talk Show. Rooney's WGBH news program, Greater Boston, has received two Regional Edward R. Murrow broadcast journalism awards and five New England Emmy awards.[refs 8] Rooney has also received a New England Emmy in the category of Outstanding Achievement in Commentary/Editorial.[refs 8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e By S. Avery Brown (1993-07-12). "To the News Biz Born". People.com. Retrieved 2011-09-29. 
  2. ^ About Greater Boston: Who We Are at the Wayback Machine (archived February 21, 2007)
  3. ^ Greater Boston - website on WGBH-TV
  4. ^ Salahi, Lara, "Emily Rooney to Step Down as Host of ‘Greater Boston’", The Boston Globe, May 29, 2014
  5. ^ Koch, John (September 6, 1998) Emily Rooney. The Boston Globe.
  6. ^ Siegel, Ed (January 7, 1994). Rooney's career with ABC: nasty, brutish and short. The Boston Globe.
  7. ^ Brian C. Mooney and Ben Bradlee Jr., Globe Staff "Kirby Perkins, at 49; WCVB reporter who covered politics with a passion", The Boston Globe, July 25, 1997
  8. ^ a b Deveney, Ann, "Newswoman Emily Rooney Wins Dennis Kauff Memorial Award for Excellent in Broadcast Journalism", News Releases, Boston University, May 7, 2004