Alisyn Camerota

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Alisyn Lane Camerota
Born (1966-06-21) June 21, 1966 (age 49)
Los Angeles, California
Residence Los Angeles, New York City and Las Vegas
Occupation Broadcast Journalist, CNN Host, Correspondent for NBC News
Religion Roman Catholic
Spouse(s) Tim Lewis

Alisyn Lane Camerota is an American television news journalist currently co-anchoring CNN's New Day. Previously she co-hosted CNN Tonight, and served in many roles during a 16-year career at the Fox News Channel network.



Camerota graduated from American University, in Washington, D.C., from the university's School of Communication, with a degree in broadcast journalism.

Early broadcasting career[edit]

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 did some work for Koppel Communications, where she worked on Ted Koppel's primetime documentaries.

Fox News[edit]

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.[1] Camerota co-hosted Fox & Friends Weekend along with Clayton Morris. Her final broadcast on that program was September 28, 2013. She previously 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 called, The After the Show Show. The segment 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.[2] 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 teary-eyed farewell to her afternoon audience.


On July 14, 2014, CNN and CNN International announced that Camerota has joined the CNN news team to serve as a TV anchor with a time slot to be announced in the coming months.[3] Alisyn co-anchored on CNN’s New Day the morning of Friday, July 25, 2014 and Monday, August 25, 2014. In 2015 Alisyn became a permanent co-anchor of New Day.

Shortly after the announcement of her promotion to co-anchor of New Day, both liberal and conservative pundits began posting controversial stories regarding Camerota. Liberals Stephanie Smith[4] and Pete D'Amato[5] portrayed Camerota as a conservative interloper at CNN, while conservative Jeffrey Meyer[6] challenged her professional integrity with the comment "one has to wonder how close the CNN hosts are to New York's Democratic politicians" referencing Camerota's greeting of Mayor Bill DeBlasio during a January 27, 2015 appearance.[7] Following an interview with Mike Huckabee, Matthew Balan accused Camerota of liberal bias.[8]

Pamela Geller referred to Camerota as, "clueless Camerota" in reference to Camerota's perception of Muslims.[9] In May 2015, Geller argued with Camerota regarding the shooting death that occurred at a Geller sponsored event.[10] The liberal group Media Matters for America lionized Camerota after her defense of Islam and simultaneous critique of Christian "belief systems" during an interview with radio host Armstrong Williams.[11] In the same exchange Camerota erroneously quoted Ben Carson as saying, "a Muslim cannot be President of the U.S.", when in fact the quote she referenced was Carson's comment that he would not "advocate that we put a Muslim in charge of this nation".[12] A week later no retraction regarding the misquote had been issued due to a lack of "clarity" on the part of the hosts.[13]

John Nolte of Breitbart accused Camerota of participating in race-baiting for the implication that the phrase "Silent Majority" was a metaphor for prejudice against minorities.[14] The article mentions New Day's "failing" ratings, which is contradictory to ratings[15] that show New Day's viewership had actually increased by 9% since Camerota was added to the program.[16]

After an interview with U.S. Presidential candidate Ben Carson, Camerota claimed that Carson was trying to "prosecute" the media, through his refutation that Camerota and CNN had designed the interview to be a "smear campaign". She commented that his opinion was "out of bounds."[17] When Carson asked if Camerota and the media had acted similarly during President Obama's campaigns, Camerota answered in the affirmative.[18] The following week Camerota accused Carson of committing "an attack on journalism".[19]

In an article by Chris Houck for the conservative Media Research Center, Camerota was accused of "toting the line" by repeating Planned Parenthood's talking points regarding the use of fetal tissue from aborted babies.[20] Camerota later justified the medical experimentation on fetuses with her comment, "They're trying to recoup their cost for something that's purely legal, and that is donation of fetal tissue".[21] Mediaite's Alex Griswold took issue with Camerota referring to an anti-abortion activist as a "violent extremist" and her characterization of Center for Medical Progress members as "violent extremists...[with] a history of threatening violence".[22]

Personal life[edit]

Camerota and her husband have fraternal twin daughters born in 2005, and a son who was born in 2007. In 2010 Camerota appeared on The Today Show to discuss her infertility issues[23] and served as host of the National Infertility Associations "Night of Hope Celebration."[24] Camerota is originally from Shrewsbury, New Jersey.[25]


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