Janet Shamlian

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Janet Shamlian
Janet Shamlian in London at Buckingham Palace for NBC's Today Show in June 2011
Born Oak Park, Illinois
Education University of Missouri
Occupation Journalist; Correspondent
Employer NBC News
Notable credit(s) NBC Biography
Children 5

Janet Ellen Shamlian is a national correspondent for NBC News and appears on The Today Show and the NBC Nightly News. She is a contributor to the prime-time news magazine Dateline NBC and to the business network CNBC.

Early life and Education[edit]

Born in Oak Park, Illinois, she was raised in Park Ridge, Illinois, a Chicago suburb best known as the home town of Hillary Clinton. Shamlian graduated from Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Illinois, and received her college degree, a bachelor's in journalism, from the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri Columbia.

Professional career[edit]

Shamlian began her career at WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan, before joining CBS station KHOU-TV in Houston. She returned to Chicago as a reporter for WBBM-TV. She left WBBM to return to Texas and start a family. In Houston, she worked for KPRC-TV before leaving the station when pregnant with her second child. She subsequently had three more children, all five born within 7 years.

In 2005, Shamlian returned to television as a freelance correspondent for NBC News. In 2006 she was named a full-time correspondent, first assigned to Chicago and later to Texas.

In 2007, Shamlian conducted the first evening network broadcast interview with Michelle Obama, the wife of then presidential candidate Barack Obama, on the NBC Nightly News. In addition, she has covered a variety of national and international stories for NBC, including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the 2009 Fort Hood shooting, Hurricane Katrina, and the 7 July 2005 London bombings.

In 2015, Shamlian interviewed the cast of the Gilmore Girls at the Austin Television Festival for the TODAY show. [1]

Personal life[edit]

Shamlian lives in Texas with her husband and five children. She was a competitive figure skater while growing up in Park Ridge[2] and has covered figure skating for NBC News. She is of Armenian and Irish descent.


  1. ^ http://www.today.com/popculture/gilmore-girls-movie-cast-talks-possibility-today-show-t25571
  2. ^ Nidetz, Steve (February 4, 1994). "Networks Make Sure We'll All Get Our Fill of Figure Skating". The Chicago Tribune. 

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