Abby Huntsman

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Abby Huntsman
Abby Huntsman.jpeg
Huntsman in 2012
Born
Abigail Haight Huntsman

(1986-05-01) May 1, 1986 (age 32)
ResidenceNew York City, United States
Other namesAbby Livingston
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania
OccupationTelevision personality, Journalist, Co-Host on The View
TelevisionABC
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)
Jeffrey Livingston (m. 2010)
Children1
Parent(s)Jon Huntsman Jr.
Mary Kaye Huntsman
RelativesJon Huntsman Sr. (grandfather)

Abigail Haight Huntsman (born May 1, 1986) is a television personality who is currently a co-host of ABC's The View. Previously she was a general assignment reporter for Fox News Channel and co-host of Fox & Friends. Prior to working at Fox, she was a host on MSNBC. She is a daughter of former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman Jr., who also served as U.S. Ambassador to China under President Barack Obama and currently serves as U.S. Ambassador to Russia under President Donald Trump.

In August 2018, it was announced that Huntsman would join The View, as a co-host alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, and Meghan McCain on the panel for season 22.[1]

Huntsman publicly left the Mormon Church over her support of equality for women and LGBT rights.[2]

Career[edit]

Hosts of The Cycle in 2013: Ari Melber, Krystal Ball, Touré and Abby Huntsman

At age 16, Huntsman worked a behind-the-scenes position at Good Morning America. By her own admission, she disliked it so much that she contemplated giving up on television "forever".[3] While attending the University of Pennsylvania, Huntsman interned for Diane Sawyer. Huntsman, having observed Sawyer's representation of herself and manner of presenting news, became so impressed with her that she would later say, "I always think of her as someone that I hope I can try to be like."[4]

In 2012, during and after her father's presidential campaign, Huntsman appeared as a political commentator for ABC News in Washington, D.C., and Good Morning America in New York City.[5] In October 2012, Huntsman was profiled in ABC News's "Five Questions",[6] a part of This Week with George Stephanopoulos. In August 2012, she was interviewed by Brian Williams on Rock Center about Mitt Romney's run for president and her own relationship with the Mormon faith.[7] Previously, she held a position at the international public relations firm Burson-Marsteller.[8]

In 2013, she was listed as number 26 on the Forbes 30 under 30 list of up and coming members of the media.[9]

In July 2013, Huntsman joined MSNBC's The Cycle, filling a vacancy created by the departure of S.E. Cupp. Huntsman was the second replacement host to join the show, after Ari Melber. She sought to bring conservative views to the program, also denying that her relation to the Huntsman family had anything to do with her acquiring the position since she, in her own words, "went through the same audition process as everybody else", against a field she recalled featuring hundreds of candidates.[10] In July 2015, The Cycle was cancelled.

Prior to joining MSNBC, Huntsman was a host/producer for HuffPost Live,[11] the Huffington Post's streaming network. She had also been a frequent guest on CNN.[12]

In October 2015, Huntsman joined Fox News Channel as a general assignment reporter.[13] She covers the news of the day across the network's daytime and primetime programming.[14]

In August 2018, it was officially announced that Huntsman will be joining the long-running ABC talk show The View, as a co-host alongside Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Sunny Hostin, and Meghan McCain on the panel for season 22.[15]

Jon Huntsman campaign[edit]

Huntsman worked on her father's 2012 campaign as a media advisor and surrogate.[16] On the campaign trail Abby, along with her sisters Liddy and Mary Anne, earned attention for their social media presence. The Huntsman daughters were profiled by The New Yorker,[17] GQ,[16] and BuzzFeed.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Huntsman was born in Pennsylvania.[19] She grew up in Utah but spent many years living in Asia, including Taiwan and Singapore.[20][21] She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008, with a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). In 2010, she married her college boyfriend, Jeffrey Bruce Livingston.[22] Huntsman gave birth to a baby girl, Isabel, in November 2017.[23] She is no longer an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[2]

She, along with Meghan McCain and Margaret Hoover, released an ad in early 2013 in support of gay marriage. "I think it's a generational issue, and I think over time you're going to see more and more Republicans support the freedom to marry. I'm happy and proud of that movement."[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Turchiano, Danielle. "Abby Huntsman Joins 'The View' as Co-Host". Archived from the original on August 28, 2018. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  2. ^ a b DEHLIN, JOHN. "661: Abby Huntsman and Carrie Sheffield and their Transitions Out of Mormonism". Mormon Stories. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  3. ^ Kahn, Mattie (October 19, 2015). "ABBY HUNTSMAN THINKS FOX NEWS IS A GREAT PLACE TO BE A WOMAN". elle.com.
  4. ^ Joyella, Mark (October 21, 2015). "Abby Huntsman Debuts at Fox News". adweek.com.
  5. ^ Sltrib.com. "Huntsman daughter parlays campaign into media gigs | The Salt Lake Tribune". Sltrib.com. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  6. ^ "Five Questions 'This Week': Abby Huntsman   ABC News". Abcnews.go.com. 2012-10-26. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  7. ^ "Huntsman clarifies mysteries of Mormon church   Video on NBCNews.com". Video.msnbc.msn.com. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  8. ^ "PressReleases - Burson-Marsteller Hires Slate of Top Media". Burson-marsteller.com. 2012.
  9. ^ Bercovici, Jeff. "Abby Huntsman and Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, 26 and Hosts, HuffPost Live   In Photos: 30 under 30: Media". Forbes. Retrieved 2016-05-04.
  10. ^ Larson, Leslie (July 29, 2013). "Abby Huntsman joins NBC's sorority of political daughters as she makes her debut on the cable network's 'The Cycle'". New York Daily News.
  11. ^ "Abby Huntsman". Huffingtonpost.com. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  12. ^ "Abby Huntsman: Mitt Romney won't pick dad, Jon Huntsman, to be VP – CNN Press Room   CNN.com Blogs". Cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com. 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  13. ^ Lowe, Kinsey (2015-10-03). "Abby Huntsman Joins Fox News As Reporter". Deadline. Retrieved 2015-10-07.
  14. ^ "Abby Huntsman | Biography". Fox News. Retrieved 2015-10-07.
  15. ^ Turchiano, Danielle. "Abby Huntsman Joins 'The View' as Co-Host". Archived from the original on August 28, 2018. Retrieved August 9, 2018.
  16. ^ a b Alex PappademasPhotographs by Danielle Levitt. "Jon Huntsman's Daughters, Mary Anne, Liddy, and Abby   GQ January 2012: Politics". GQ. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  17. ^ Lizza, Ryan. "Are Jon Huntsman's Daughters Helping his 2012 Campaign?". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  18. ^ "The Huntsman Daughters: A Guide". Buzzfeed.com. 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2012-12-13.
  19. ^ Magid, Judy (2005-09-12). "Open House: Public mansion not always ideal .. | The Salt Lake Tribune". Archive.sltrib.com. Retrieved 2013-08-02.
  20. ^ "MSNBC's Abby Huntsman: Cheese-loving dog owner who's 'walking back' her crush on Tom Brady". The Hill. 2015-06-04. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  21. ^ "Abby Huntsman and her husband Jeffrey Bruce Livingston nearing their 6th marriage anniversary". frostsnow.com. 2016. Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  22. ^ "Abigail Huntsman, Jeffrey Livingston". The New York Times. August 27, 2010. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  23. ^ "LOOK: Abby Huntsman and Husband Welcome Baby Girl, Isabel Grace". Fox News. November 29, 2017. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  24. ^ "Meghan McCain, Margaret Hoover and Abby Huntsman star in GOP gay marriage ads". On Top Magazine. Retrieved 2013-06-13.

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