Megyn Kelly

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Megyn Kelly
Kelly in 2012
Born Megyn Marie Kelly
(1970-11-18) November 18, 1970 (age 44)
Syracuse, New York, U.S.
Education Syracuse University
Albany Law School
Bethlehem Central High School
Occupation Journalist
News anchor
Political commentator
Attorney at Law
Employer Fox News Channel
Religion Roman Catholicism
Spouse(s) Daniel Kendall (m. 2001; div. 2006)
Douglas Brunt (m. 2008)
Children 3

Megyn Marie Kelly (born November 18, 1970), formerly known as Megyn Kendall,[1] is a journalist, former Attorney, and news pundit and political commentator on the Fox News Channel. As of 2014, Kelly hosts The Kelly File on weekdays from the network's New York City headquarters. She previously hosted America Live. Prior to that, Kelly co-hosted America's Newsroom along with Bill Hemmer. From 2007 to 2012, the two also hosted Fox News Channel's New Year's Eve specials, All American New Year. She was included in the 2014 Time list of the 100 most influential people in the world.[2]

Personal life and education[edit]

Kelly was born in Syracuse, New York, the daughter of Linda, a homemaker, and Edward Kelly, a professor.[3] She is of part Italian descent.[3] Her family moved to Delmar, New York. At Bethlehem Central High School, she played on the basketball and field hockey teams and captained the cheerleading squad. Kelly's father, who was an education professor at the State University of New York at Albany, died when she was 15 years old.[4][5] After high school, she pursued an undergraduate degree in Political Science at Syracuse University. and later earned a J.D. from Albany Law School,[6] where she served as an associate editor of the Albany Law Review.

Kelly first married Daniel Kendall, an anesthesiologist, on September 29. 2001.[7] That marriage ended in divorce in 2006.[8][9] On March 1, 2008, she married Douglas Brunt, President and CEO of Authentium,[10] who is now a full-time writer and novelist.[11] They have three children.[12][13]

Career in law[edit]

Following her graduation from Albany Law School in 1995, Kelly was an associate in the Chicago office of law firm Bickel & Brewer LLP, during which time she co-wrote an article for the American Bar Association's journal, Litigation, called "The Conflicting Roles of Lawyer as Director".[14] She later joined Jones Day for nine years, where she served as an attorney for credit bureau Experian.[15][16]

Career in journalism[edit]

In 2003, Kelly moved to Washington, D.C., where she was hired by the ABC affiliate WJLA-TV as a general assignment reporter.[17] While there, she covered significant national and local events including major national events such as the 2004 presidential election.[18]

After working as a journalist for WJLA, Kelly then applied for a job at Fox News Channel in 2004.[18] Prior to her anchor role on the Fox News network she served as a general assignment reporter located in Washington, D.C., where she provided live coverage of the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., and Chief Justice John G. Roberts. She also reported on the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and the death of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist.[18]

Kelly contributed legal segments for Special Report with Brit Hume and hosted her own legal segment, Kelly's Court, during Weekend Live. She appeared on a weekly segment on The O'Reilly Factor and occasionally filled in for Greta Van Susteren on On the Record where most of her reporting focused on legal and political matters. She occasionally contributed as an anchor, but more often as a substitute anchor on weekends.[19] On February 1, 2010, Kelly began hosting her own two hour show, America Live, replacing Fox News' previous show The Live Desk. She has been a guest-panelist on Fox News' late-night satire program Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld. In 2010, viewership for America Live increased by 20%, averaging 1,293,000 viewers, and increased by 4% in the 25–54 age demographic, averaging 268,000 viewers.[20]

Kelly received media attention for her coverage of the results of the 2012 United States presidential election. On November 6, 2012, the night of the election, Fox News projected that Obama would win a second term after part of the results had been released. In response to Karl Rove's opposition to this projection, Kelly asked Rove, "Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better? Or is this real?"[21][22][23]

Kelly left as host of America Live in the beginning of July 2013 for maternity leave and began hosting The Kelly File, airing weekdays at 9 p.m. EDT, on October 7, 2013.[24][25]

In December 2013, remarks made by Kelly in reaction to a Slate article drew controversy. On The Kelly File, she said that "For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white, but this person is just arguing that maybe we should also have a black Santa," adding, "But Santa is what he is, and just so you know, we’re just debating this because someone wrote about it." Kelly also stated that Jesus was a white man later in the segment.[26] Soon after, Jon Stewart,[27] Stephen Colbert,[28] Rachel Maddow,[29] Josh Barro[30] and others satirized her remarks.[31] Two days later, she made additional on-air statements, characterizing her original comments as "tongue-in-cheek",[32][33][34][35][36] but conceded that the skin color of Jesus is "far from settled".[37]


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  2. ^ "Time 2014 100 Most Influential People". April 23, 2014. Retrieved April 29, 2014. 
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  4. ^ "Times Union – Albany NY". Times Union – Albany. April 16, 2008. Retrieved November 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ Jim Rutenberg (January 25, 2015). "The Megyn Kelly Moment". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ "Fact Sheet website". Albany Law School. Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
  7. ^ Gould, Martin (February 3, 2015). "I wanted a wife... so did she'. Ex-husband of Megyn Kelly speaks out about his marriage to the FOX News star and reveals he didn't CHEAT on her - and it 'bugged' him that she hinted he did on air". Retrieved February 3, 2015. 
  8. ^ Bercovici, Jeff (March 17, 2008). "Vows And The Mystery Of The Missing Marriage – Mixed Media". Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Megyn Kelly". Soylent Communications. Retrieved November 21, 2011. 
  10. ^ Saslow, Linda (March 16, 2008). "Megyn Kelly and Douglas Brunt". New York Times. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Douglas Brunt biography". Retrieved July 1, 2013. 
  12. ^ Green, Stephanie; Glover, Elizabeth (September 25, 2009). "Fox News' Megyn Kelly delivers baby boy". The Washington Times (News World Communications). Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly gives birth to baby girl". Mail Online. Associated Newspapers. April 15, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  14. ^ "23 Litigation 1996–1997 Conflicting Roles of Lawyer as Director, The Conflicts". Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
  15. ^ Lewis, Holden (August 20, 1999). "Consumers suing to correct bad credit reports". Retrieved December 13, 2012. 
  16. ^ "ZARY MAREKH, on behalf of herself and others similarly situated, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. EQUIFAX; EXPERIAN, formerly, TRW; TRANS UNION,, (2nd Cir. 2001)". 
  17. ^ "Times Union – Albany NY". April 16, 2008. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
  18. ^ a b c "Megyn Kelly – Biography". Fox News. Retrieved November 10, 2012. 
  19. ^ "Howard Kurtz – Megyn Kelly, Fox News's Fast-Rising Anchor". April 14, 2008. Retrieved August 13, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Megyn Kelly Sees Biggest Year to Year Ratings Increased at Fox News". Business Insider. Retrieved November 30, 2010. 
  21. ^ David Taintor (November 8, 2012). "Jon Stewart on Fox News’ election night meltdown". Talking Points Memo. Retrieved November 29, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Post Democalypse 2012 – America Takes a Shower – Karl Rove's Math – The Daily Show with Jon Stewart". Comedy Central. November 7, 2012. Retrieved November 29, 2012. 
  23. ^ Dowd, Maureen (November 10, 2012). "Romney Is President". New York Times. Retrieved November 29, 2012. 
  24. ^ "In 17 Years, FNC Has Made 5 Evening Changes; CNN and MSNBC Have Made 75 - TVNewser". September 17, 2013. Retrieved November 6, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Hasselbeck ditching 'The View' for 'FOX and Friends'". NY Post. Retrieved July 10, 2013. 
  26. ^ "Megyn Kelly says 'Santa is white' remarks were tongue-in-cheek". Fox News. December 13, 2013. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  27. ^ Luippold, Ross (December 17, 2013). "Jon Stewart Hits Back At Megyn Kelly's 'White Santa' Defense". Huffington Post. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  28. ^ Taibi, Catherine (December 13, 2013). "Stephen Colbert Mocks Megyn Kelly's Santa Comments". Huffington Post. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  29. ^ Benen, Steve (December 14, 2013). "This Week in God". MSNBC. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  30. ^ Barro, Josh. "Don't Tell Megyn Kelly, But At Whole Foods, Santa Is Black". Business Insider. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 
  31. ^ Gold, Hadas (Dec 13, 2013). "Megyn Kelly absent from show post Santa, Jesus segment". Politico. 
  32. ^ Klein, Ezra (December 12, 2013). "Watch Megyn Kelly insist that a mythical present-giving man who commands flying reindeer is definitely white". Wonkblog. Washington Post. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  33. ^ Chotiner, Isaac (December 15, 2013). "Who Cares if Santa Claus is Real? The Megyn Kelly Scandal Is About Race.". The New Republic. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  34. ^ Hart, Andrew (December 16, 2013). "Bill O'Reilly: Santa Is White". Huffington Post. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  35. ^ Whitaker, Morgan (December 16, 2013). "Bring on the black Santas!". MSNBC. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  36. ^ Scott, David Clark (December 15, 2013). "Megyn Kelly said Santa and Jesus are white. Really?". Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved December 17, 2013. 
  37. ^ "Today's News: Our Take - Megyn Kelly Stands By 'Santa Is White' Remarks", TV Guide via Stuttgart Daily Leader (December 14, 2013).

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