Faith Salie

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Faith Salie
Born (1971-04-14) April 14, 1971 (age 45)
South Weymouth, Massachusetts, US
Occupation Actor, writer, radio host, television personality, television presenter
Years active 1994–present
  • Nick Holly (2005–2009)
  • John Semel (2011–present)

Faith Coley Salie (born April 14, 1971) is an American journalist, writer, actor, comedian and television and radio host. She is a contributor to CBS Sunday Morning and a panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!. She hosts Science Goes To The Movies on PBS and CUNY TV. Her first book, Approval Junkie, a collection of humorous essays, was published by Crown in April 2016.

Early life[edit]

Born in South Weymouth, Massachusetts,[1] Salie is the youngest of three children born to Robert Salie and Gail Coley Salie.[2] She grew up in Dunwoody, Georgia with her two older brothers, Doug (the eldest) and David Salie.[3]

She began dancing at age three and decided she wanted to be an actor after getting the lead in the fourth-grade class play. Salie began performing professional children’s theatre at thirteen.[4] One of her first jobs was acting in a Chick-fil-A industrial film. In college, she performed in plays and musicals with Matt Damon, Mo Rocca, China Forbes, Laurence O’Keefe, and Nell Benjamin.[5] In graduate school, she performed improv comedy with Eric Garcetti, the current mayor of Los Angeles.


Salie graduated in 1989 from North Springs High School in Fulton County, Georgia (now Sandy Springs, Georgia). She enrolled as an undergraduate at Northwestern University and later transferred to Harvard University. She graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard with a degree in History and Literature of Modern France and England. Awarded a Rhodes scholarship, she earned an M.Phil. in Modern English Literature from Oxford University.[4]

Professional career[edit]

Salie’s first film appearance was in The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, playing the rival to Diane Lane’s character. She flew back and forth from England to Georgia to film her scenes, one of which was with Donald Sutherland.[6] Upon moving to Los Angeles from Oxford, she appeared in small roles on Sweet Valley High and Married... with Children[7] before being cast on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. She played the role of Sarina Douglas in two episodes, "Statistical Probabilities" (1997) and "Chrysalis" (1998).[8] Salie, as Sarina Douglas, appears on a Deep Space Nine trading card.[9]

She starred in the 2004 Bravo improvisational sitcom Significant Others,[10] as well as other television sitcoms and dramas, including Sex and the City[11] and Unhappily Ever After, in which she played goth girl Caitlin Blackpool for a season.[12] As a stand-up comedian and "pop-culture pundit," she appeared on several VH-1 shows including Best Week Ever, I Love the...90s, and Undateable.

In 2006, Salie moved to Manhattan to host the Public Radio International show Fair Game from PRI with Faith Salie. It was a daily satirical news and entertainment show and podcast.[13] On Fair Game, Salie interviewed hundreds of newsmakers including Lorne Michaels, President Carter, Anthony Hopkins, Zach Galifianakis, Leonard Nimoy, and Chelsea Handler.[14] She was a regular contributor to an ethics column for O, The Oprah Magazine,[15] and a regular panelist on Red Eye with Greg Gutfeld. Salie has appeared as a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The O’Reilly Factor, Anderson, The Ricki Lake Show, and Piers Morgan Live.[16][17]

She hosted the series Treehugger TV for Planet Green and was a panelist on BBC America’s Would You... Rather? with Graham Norton.[18] In February 2011, she hosted a Bravo special of Approval Matrix, a TV adaptation of New York Magazine's feature by the same name.[19] She has moderated at the World Science Festival and the Comic-Con.[20]

From 2008 to 2010, she hosted Sundance Channel’s coverage of the Sundance Film Festival, where she interviewed actors and directors such as Jennifer Lawrence, Robert Redford, Ryan Gosling, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Chris Rock, Amy Poehler, Billy Bob Thornton, Joan Rivers, Michelle Williams, Dax Shepard, Elijah Wood, and Ashton Kutcher.[21]

Salie has been a contributor to CBS News Sunday Morning since 2009. Her work often covers stories with a scientific angle. She regularly does commentaries on the show, on topics ranging from freezing her eggs to vocal fry. She is a regular panelist on the NPR quiz show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! She hosted the live, daily Sirius show News & Notes for the Entertainment Weekly channel in 2013.[15] In 2012, Salie hosted the National Book Awards.[22]

Her show Science Goes to the Movies, in which she interviews scientists about pop culture, premiered in 2015.[23] In 2016, Salie guest-hosted the NPR show Ask Me Another.[24]

Her book Approval Junkie: Adventures in Caring Too Much, "a collection of daring, funny essays chronicling the author's adventures during her lifelong quest for approval," was published on 19 April 2016, the paperback of which comes out in Spring 2017.[25]

Personal life[edit]

Salie is married to John Semel. They were married on 9 October 2011 in Rome.[26] The couple have a son, born in 2012, and a daughter, born in 2014.

Salie was previously married to Nick Holly, brother of actress Lauren Holly, in the Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland.[2] They wed in 2005 and divorced in 2009.

She lives in New York City with her family.

Acting credits[edit]




Salie has won three Daytime Emmy Awards as a Contributing Commentator to CBS News Sunday Morning with the show's wins for Outstanding Morning Program in 2013[27] and 2015.[28]


  1. ^ "Fair Game from PRI with Faith Salie debuts". High Plains Public Radio. 2016. Retrieved 28 February 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Faith Salie and Nick Holly". New York Times. 5 June 2005. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Gail Coley". 2012. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  4. ^ a b "Faith Salie". How Rhodes Scholars Think. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  5. ^ Amanda Schaffer (25 October 1991). "No Sex Please, We're Athenian". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  7. ^ "Married... With Children". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  8. ^ "Sarina Douglas (Character)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  9. ^ "#181 - Sarina Douglas, Cataleptic Conundrum". The Trading Card Database. 19 August 2013. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  10. ^ "Significant Others". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  11. ^ "Sex and the City: Escape from New York". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  12. ^ "Unhappily Ever After". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  13. ^ "Fair Game from PRI with Faith Salie Podcast". Learn Out Loud. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  14. ^ Stuart Miller (3 June 2007). "Loosey-Goosey Voice on, Yeah, Public Radio". The New York Times. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  15. ^ a b "Faith Salie". CBS Sunday Morning. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  16. ^ "Life's Sticky Situations". The Oprah Winfrey Show. 2 June 2009. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  17. ^ Piers Morgan Live (12 February 2013). "Clips From Last Night". CNN. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  18. ^ "Would You Rather...? with Graham Norton". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  19. ^ D'Addario, Daniel (2 February 2011). "'Approval Matrix' Show Aims for Brilliant". The Observer. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  20. ^ Bruce Simmons (25 July 2009). "Caprica/BSG: The Plan – San Diego Comic-Con Panel". Screen Rant. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  21. ^ "Blog: Faith Salie". Sundance TV. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  22. ^ "National Book Awards - 2012". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  23. ^ Sonia Epstein (18 December 2015). "Science Goes to the Movies: Star Wars". Sloan Science & Film. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  24. ^ "Ask Me Another". The Bell House. 9 November 2015. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  25. ^ "Approval Junkie: Adventures in Caring Too Much by Faith Salie". Barnes&Noble. Retrieved 29 February 2016. 
  26. ^ "Faith Salie, John Semel". New York Times. 13 October 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2012. 
  27. ^ "The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Announces Winners for the 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards". National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. June 17, 2013. Retrieved March 5, 2016. 
  28. ^ "The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Announces Winners for the 42nd Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy® Awards". National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. April 26, 2015. Archived from the original on April 27, 2015. Retrieved March 5, 2016. 

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