Ainsley Earhardt

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Ainsley Earhardt
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Earhardt in 2011
Born (1976-09-20) September 20, 1976 (age 42)
Spartanburg, South Carolina, U.S.
ResidenceNew York City, New York, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of South Carolina
OccupationTelevision news anchor and correspondent
Years active2000–present
EmployerFox Entertainment Group
Home townColumbia, South Carolina
Spouse(s)
Kevin McKinney
(m. 2005; div. 2009)
Will Proctor
(m. 2012; separated 2018)
Children1 child

Ainsley Earhardt (born September 20, 1976) is an American television personality and broadcast journalist for Fox News. She is the co-host of Fox & Friends and also reported for Hannity with her own segment called "Ainsley Across America". Since joining the network, she has also co-hosted Fox and Friends Weekend, Fox's All-American New Year's Eve, America's News Headquarters, been a panelist on The Live Desk and appeared on Greg Gutfeld's Red Eye.

Early life[edit]

Earhardt grew up in North and South Carolina. Born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, as a young child her family moved to the Foxcroft area of Charlotte, North Carolina. She attended Sharon Elementary School. Earhardt's family moved to the Columbia, South Carolina, area when she was still in elementary school. Earhardt graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1995.[1]

After high school, she attended Florida State University (FSU), majoring in biology. Earhardt served the student body as a senator in student government.[citation needed] She then transferred to the University of South Carolina (USC) where she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree (B.A.) in Journalism.[2] While in college, she was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority.[citation needed]

Professional career[edit]

Earhardt was hired to work as a reporter for WLTX-News 19, the local CBS station in Columbia, South Carolina, before she graduated from USC. From 2000 to 2004 she worked as the morning and noon anchor. She traveled to New York City after the September 11 attacks to cover South Carolina middle school students' raising nearly half a million dollars for firefighters to buy a new fire truck to replace one lost at the World Trade Center site.[3]

In 2005, Earhardt moved to San Antonio, Texas, and anchored weekday newscasts of KENS-TV Eyewitness News This Morning (5 AM–7:30 AM) and Eyewitness News at Noon (both #1 rated shows).[4] While living in Texas, she completed the Austin, Texas half-marathon, went skydiving with the U.S. Army's Golden Knights and, at the Air Force Academy, flew in an F-16 with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds.[3]

She moved to New York City and began at Fox News Channel in 2007.[3]

Recognition[edit]

In 2007, Earhardt was given the University of South Carolina's Young Alumni Award and named the School of Journalism and Mass Communication's 2007 "Outstanding Young Alumna". While at WLTX, viewers voted Earhardt "Best Personality of the Year" in Columbia Metropolitan magazine.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Earhardt's first marriage to Kevin McKinney in April 2005 ended in divorce in 2009. In October 2012, Earhardt married former Clemson University quarterback Will Proctor.[5][6][7] She gave birth to a girl on November 6, 2015.[8][9] After six years of marriage, Proctor filed for divorce in October 2018 after Earhardt announced their separation amid allegations that he had been unfaithful.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ainsley Earhardt, Class of 1995 - Spring Valley High School - Classmates". Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  2. ^ "Home Page". Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "Ainsley Earhardt". FOXNews.com. Archived from the original on October 7, 2010. Retrieved September 29, 2010.
  4. ^ "Former News19 Anchor Ainsley Earhardt Drops By". Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  5. ^ Dean, Janice (September 27, 2012). "Ainsley's Bridal Shower!". Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  6. ^ "Ainsley's Bridal Registry". Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  7. ^ "Ainsley Earhardt". Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  8. ^ "We are absolutely thrilled to welcome our new baby girl, Hayden, into this world. My husband and I are overjoyed!!". Twitter.com. September 3, 2010. Retrieved November 7, 2015.
  9. ^ "We love her so much already. Welcome to this world, Hayden Ramis Dubose Proctor". Twitter.com. September 3, 2010. Retrieved November 7, 2015.
  10. ^ "'Fox and Friends' co-host Ainsley Earhardt's husband files for divorce". Page Six. 2018-10-10. Retrieved October 12, 2018.

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