Ben Mulroney

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Ben Mulroney
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Born Benedict Martin Paul Mulroney
(1976-03-09) March 9, 1976 (age 42)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Alma mater Duke University
Université Laval
Occupation Television host
Years active 2002–present
Notable credit(s) ETalk (2002–present)
Canadian Idol (2003–2008)
Your Morning (2016–present)
Spouse(s)
Children 3
Parent(s) Brian Mulroney
Mila Pivnički
Relatives Caroline Mulroney (sister)

Benedict Martin Paul "Ben" Mulroney (born March 9, 1976) is a Canadian television host. He is the oldest son of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

Early life and education[edit]

Mulroney was born in Montreal, Quebec and grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. He is the second of four children born to former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and Mila Pivnicki Mulroney, who is of Serbian descent. Mulroney is one of several children of former Prime Ministers who became Canadian media personalities between 1998 and 2001. The others include Catherine Clark, Justin Trudeau and Alexandre Trudeau.[citation needed] Although Brian and Pierre were political rivals, this did not extend to their sons; Ben Mulroney was invited to and attended Justin Trudeau's wedding in 2005.[1]

His older sister, Caroline was an unsuccessful candidate for the 2018 Ontario Progressive Conservative leadership election. Macleans later revealed that he helped her rehearsed scripts during the leadership campaign. [2]

Mulroney attended the Hotchkiss School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a major in history, from Duke University. He subsequently earned a Bachelor of Laws degree from Université Laval.During the Oliphant hearings, it was revealed that all the Mulroney children's university education was paid from the money that his father received from Karlheinz Schreiber.[3]

Career[edit]

CTV: eTalk and Your Morning[edit]

Mulroney is best known as the host of the entertainment news program, etalk where he covers major events in entertainment, including the Oscars, the Golden Globes, and the Juno Awards. He is known for hosting Canadian Idol. From 2001 to 2002, he was entertainment reporter on Canada AM. He wrote a regular column for the Toronto Sun. In April 2009, Mulroney added radio show host to his résumé with the launch of the CHUM Radio show, etalk 20.[4] The two-hour radio program is broadcast on 11 radio stations across Canada and counts down the top 20 chart-topping hits and includes celebrity interviews.

In February 2010, Mulroney and other staff from etalk covered the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games for CTV.[5] In 2006, he was appointed as the National Ambassador for UNICEF Canada.[6]

In June 2016, he was announced as the cohost, with Anne-Marie Mediwake, of CTV's new morning show Your Morning.[7]

ABC News: Good Morning America[edit]

Mulroney joined ABC News on June 2012 as a contributor to Good Morning America. Former ABC News President Ben Sherwood announced that Mulroney would be temporarily substituting for Dan Harris during the weekends, while serving as contributor to Good Morning America.[8] This was followed after Mulroney's previous stints as temporary co-host with Kelly Ripa on "Live with Kelly!"[9]

Personal life[edit]

Mulroney became engaged to his girlfriend of one year, fashion designer and stylist Jessica Brownstein, on December 28, 2007 in Montreal.[10] They were married on October 30, 2008 in a private ceremony at St. Patrick's Basilica, Montreal.[11]

They have 3 children: sons, who are fraternal twins, Brian Gerald Alexander Mulroney and John Benedict Dimitri Mulroney (born August 12, 2010) and daughter Isabel Veronica Mulroney known as "Ivy" (born June 12, 2013).[12][13]

Ben and Jessica Mulroney attended the 2018 wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and their three children participated as page boys and bridesmaid.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Justin Trudeau weds". CBC News. May 30, 2005. 
  2. ^ "Caroline Mulroney's mad scramble to make a name for herself - Macleans.ca". Macleans.ca. 2018-03-09. Retrieved 2018-05-04. 
  3. ^ Thompson, Elizabeth (May 21, 2009). "Schreiber cash helped Mulroney's kids go to prestigious universities". Sarnia Observer. Retrieved February 17, 2018. 
  4. ^ "CTV News - Top Stories". Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ "CTV News - Top Stories - Breaking News - Top News Headlines". Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  6. ^ "CTV News: Ben Mulroney appointed to UNICEF Canada post". Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  7. ^ Peter Edwards (2016-06-06). "Ben Mulroney, Anne-Marie Mediwake to host CTV's new show 'Your Morning'". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2016-06-06. 
  8. ^ ABC News. "Ben Mulroney Joins ABC News as Contributor". ABC News Blogs. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  9. ^ Ben Mulroney set for GMA, theglobeandmail.com; accessed October 20, 2015.
  10. ^ "CTV News - Top Stories". Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Ben Mulroney weds fashion designer in Montreal". Retrieved 2008-10-30. 
  12. ^ "Ben and Jessica Mulroney welcome twin boys". CTVNews. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Mulroney Baby Girl Arrives For Ben and Jessica", The Huffington Post Canada; retrieved June 18, 2013.
  14. ^ Mulroney children will join Princess Charlotte, Prince George as bridesmaids, page boys Retrieved May 16, 2018

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