Alisyn Camerota at the 2016 Democratic National Convention
|Born||Alisyn Lane Camerota|
June 21, 1966
Shrewsbury, New Jersey, U.S.
|Residence||New York City|
|Occupation||Broadcast journalist, CNN host, correspondent for NBC News|
Alisyn Lane Camerota (born June 21, 1966) is an American journalist and anchor of CNN's morning show New Day. In her three decades in journalism, Camerota has covered stories nationally and internationally, earning Camerota two Emmy Award nominations for her news reporting.
Camerota has been at the forefront of several pressing news events, including the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, the Paris and Brussels terror attacks, and the Parkland school shooting, interviewing the Parkland student survivors in the hours after the massacre, as well as representatives of the National Rifle Association (NRA). In addition, Camerota has held dozens of panels with Donald Trump supporters, and is a frequent critic of Trump. Camerota has also covered the Me Too movement.
Outside of her role anchoring New Day, Camerota has anchored a number of primetime specials, including Tipping Point: Sexual Harassment in America and The Hunting Ground: Sexual Assault on Campus. A national advisory council member of the News Literacy Project and an advisory member of Press Forward, Camerota is an outspoken proponent of First Amendment rights.
Prior to joining CNN, Camerota worked for many years at Fox News, most notably as part of the Fox & Friends franchise and as co-host of Fox & Friends Weekend. Her first novel, Amanda Wakes Up, about an idealistic young journalist who finds herself with a plum spot at a cable news channel during a crazy presidential race was published by Viking in 2017 and was selected by NPR as one of the best books of the year, and by O, The Oprah Magazine as "a must read." The paperback edition was published in June 2018.
Early broadcasting career
Before joining Fox, Camerota worked at a number of different stations, including WHDH in Boston and WTTG in Washington D.C., and for America's Most Wanted. She also worked on Ted Koppel's primetime documentaries at Koppel Communications.
While based in New York City, Camerota began co-hosting America's News Headquarters, with Bill Hemmer, beginning on September 30, 2013, in the Monday to Friday 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET time slot. Camerota co-hosted Fox & Friends Weekend along with Clayton Morris and Dave Briggs. Her final broadcast on that program was September 28, 2013. She was a co-host on Fox & Friends First.
In October 2007, Camerota started her own blog on the Fox & Friends page on Fox News Channel's website called, In The Greenroom. In November 2007, Fox & Friends began an Internet-only segment, "The After the Show Show", which features Fox & Friends anchors of Brian Kilmeade, Steve Doocy and Gretchen Carlson, sometimes along with earlier guests or crew members from the cable show and a toy monkey at the end of the Internet segment. This is done live after the main show has finished while, America's Newsroom, is shown on the cable channel. These videos are available later on the Fox & Friends page on Fox News Channel's website. Prior to her maternity leave, she was a co-host of the weekend edition of the same program, in addition to regularly appearing on the Friday edition of Fox & Friends 1st. She has been a guest-panelist on Fox News' late-night satire show Red Eye w/Greg Gutfeld.
Prior to becoming a program host, Camerota was a correspondent for the network's Boston bureau since joining the network in February 1998, reporting on a number of different stories and contributing to the network's affiliate service, Fox News Edge. At the end of the afternoon broadcast on March 14, 2014, Camerota marked the end of her 16-year run with the network in a farewell to her afternoon audience.
On July 14, 2014, CNN and CNN International announced that Camerota had joined the CNN news team to serve as a TV anchor with a time slot to be announced in the coming months. She co-anchored on CNN’s New Day the morning of Friday, July 25, 2014 and Monday, August 25, 2014. In 2015 Camerota became a permanent co-anchor of New Day, whose viewership has reportedly increased by 9% since Camerota was added to the program.
Amanda Wakes Up
Camerota wrote Amanda Wakes Up, a novel she began writing while taking notes of her interviews of candidates in the 2012 presidential election. The notes developed into a novel based on her 25 years of working for the news business. She wrote the book with the desire to remind readers of the importance of real journalism. Book reviewer Lincee Ray of the Associated Press wrote that the novel offers "a healthy dose of what it means to weigh ambition against truth".
Camerota, a native of Shrewsbury, New Jersey and her husband have fraternal twin daughters born in 2005, and a son who was born in 2007. In 2010, she appeared on The Today Show to discuss her infertility issues and served as host of the National Infertility Associations "Night of Hope Celebration."
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