Faith Daniels (born March 9, 1957) is an American television news anchor, reporter, and talk show host.
Daniels was born to an unwed mother and lived eight months in a Catholic orphanage before being adopted by Steven A. Skowronski, a sheet metal worker, and his wife, Mary, who would name their daughter Faith Agostine Skowronski. Daniels grew up in Washington, Pennsylvania, and graduated magna cum laude from Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia, in 1979.
While still a junior at Bethany College, she began her media career in 1978, working as an intern at WTRF-TV in Wheeling, West Virginia, where she was initially credited as Faith Agostine. In 1981, Daniels moved to Peoria, Illinois, where she worked for WRAU-TV and WMBD-TV, the ABC and CBS affiliates. The following year, she moved to WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio to become the noon anchor. In 1983, she joined WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Daniels' national news career began at CBS News in the spring of 1985, where she anchored the CBS Morning News. At age 28, she was one of the youngest national news anchors. She joined NBC in June 1990 as the news anchor for Today and the NBC Sunday Nightly News, and she became anchor of the now-defunct NBC News at Sunrise. In 1991, Daniels became the first journalist to host her own national daily talk show,A Closer Look (later renamed Faith Daniels), which was part of NBC's midday daytime schedule. Among the show's prominent interviews was with Stacey Koon—one of the police officers involved in the beating of Rodney King—on October 24, 1992.
Popular culture appearances
An active supporter of the National Council for Adoption, Daniels no longer works as an anchor, reporter, or host; however, she did return to public view by playing the part of the candidates' debate moderator in Robin Williams's movie Man of the Year (2006).
- "Red Tape and Expense Slow Adoptions". The New York Times. April 28, 1988. pp. C8. Retrieved March 23, 2022.
- Walls, Jeannette (March 4, 1991). "Strong Faith". New York. p. 16. Retrieved March 23, 2022.
- Clark, Kenneth R. (1988-04-24). "FAITH DANIELS". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2019-10-14.
- "Fates & Fortunes: News and Public Affairs" (PDF). Broadcasting. 1982-04-25. p. 110. Retrieved 2022-03-23.
- "Koon Gets Hostile Response at TV Taping : King beating: South-Central residents drown out sergeant's defense of officers with shouts accusing him of racism while he tries to plug his book". Los Angeles Times. 1992-10-24. Retrieved 2019-10-14.