Born Faith Augustine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Daniels graduated from Trinity High School in Washington, Pennsylvania. She attended Bethany College in Bethany, West Virginia–where she was initiated as a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority.
Daniels began her media career in the early 1980s, working at WTRF-TV in Wheeling, West Virginia, where she met her husband, Dean Daniels. Daniels also worked for ABC and CBS affiliates in Peoria, Illinois; at WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio; and at WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
She began her national news career when she joined CBS News as the anchor of the CBS Morning News in the spring of 1985. 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 became anchor of the now-defunct News at Sunrise. In 1991, she 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
Daniels had a cameo role in a 1992 Murphy Brown episode as a guest at Murphy's baby shower along with Katie Couric, Paula Zahn, Mary Alice Williams, and Joan Lunden. She worked at the news magazine Dateline NBC from 1993 to 1995. In the mid 1990s, she did a series of commercials for the heartburn medication Pepcid AC.
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).
- Clark, Kenneth R. "FAITH DANIELS". chicagotribune.com. Retrieved 2019-10-14.
- "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.