Kiran Chetry

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Kiran Chetry
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Kiran Chetry at the Fandomonium Panel in June 2010
Born Kiran Carrie Chetry
(1974-08-26) August 26, 1974 (age 41)
Patan[disambiguation needed], Bagmati, Nepal
Ethnicity Nepalese father;
Ukrainian, German, Dutch mother
Education University of Maryland, College Park
Spouse(s) formerly Chris Knowles - separated
Children Maya Rose Knowles (b. February 8, 2006)
Christopher Chetry Knowles (b. April 17, 2008)

Kiran Carrie Chetry (Nepali: किरण क्षेत्री, born August 26, 1974) is a Nepali-born former American television broadcast journalist anchor who, until 2011, was a cable news anchor for CNN's American Morning. From 2001 to 2007 she reported – and then anchored – cable news at Fox News.

Early life and education[edit]

Kiran (Sanskrit: किरण, kiraņ) means "ray of light".[1]

Kiran was born in Patan Hospital (Shanta Bhawan), Patan[disambiguation needed], Nepal. Seven months later her parents moved their new family to the United States. Her surname, Chetry, (Nepali: छेत्री, Chhetrĩ) refers to the large traditional caste of rulers and soldiers among Hindus in the Middle Hills of Nepal. Kiran's father Hom Chetry belongs to this caste and uses it as his surname. Kiran's mother Nancy is of Ukrainian, Dutch, and German ancestry.[2] Her parents met while Nancy was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal. Kiran grew up in Gaithersburg, Maryland and attended Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she served in student government, danced on the pom squad,[3] and competed on the swim team.[4] Upon graduation she enrolled at the University of Maryland, College Park's College of Journalism, where she joined the Alpha Pi chapter of Delta Delta Delta sorority[5] and received her Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism.


Chetry began her career in 1995 at News 21 in Rockville, Maryland. The next year she moved to WICU-TV in Erie, Pennsylvania, where she was the main anchor and health reporter. (She met her future husband Chris Knowles there who was the prime time news anchor.) She received the Best Enterprise Reporting award from the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association in 1997 for her series "Young and Hooked," which looked at teen smoking. In 1999 Chetry went from WICU-TV to KXTV in Sacramento, California to work as a morning anchor and reporter until joining Fox News Channel.[6]

In 2001 Chetry joined the cable news network Fox News Channel as a general reporter, first appearing on March 8, 2001, in a story about eating ice cream. The next year Chetry was honored with the Making our Mark (MOM) Award from the Association of Nepalis in the Americas.[7] During her time at Fox News, she worked as a rotating anchor for Fox News Live and the early morning news program Fox & Friends First. In late 2005, she became a regular co-host on the network's weekend morning news program, Fox & Friends Weekend.

Departure from FNC[edit]

In early 2007, as Chetry's contract with Fox News neared the end of its term, the network negotiated with Chetry's agent to renew her contract. Her contract was expected to be renewed with her continuing to co-host Fox & Friends Weekend. However, talks ended when Fox News claimed in a February 15, 2007, letter to Chetry's agent, that Chetry had demanded "that Fox News include a clause in her new agreement that would have been detrimental to other Fox News Talent." The cable news network added that it would not renew her contract and that she was free to leave before the expiration of her contract:[8] Chetry exercised that option. Allegedly, Chetry wanted a clause in her contract that would have had Gretchen Carlson, a co-anchor of Fox & Friends, fired.[9][10] Chetry's agent countered that the allegation of Chetry's wanting Carlson fired was "absolutely false".[11] Another source said that the clause in question merely requested a written clarification of whether Chetry would become a "Fox & Friends" co-host and, if so, when. If that were not to happen by a certain date, then Chetry would have a window to exit her new contract.[12]

American Morning co-anchor[edit]

Reportedly, CNN signed Chetry within an hour of her release from the Fox News Channel.[13] On February 16, 2007, Chetry began work as a CNN anchor and correspondent. That very day she served as a co-host on American Morning in the morning, and anchored Anderson Cooper 360 that evening. She went on to substitute as an anchor for Paula Zahn Now and CNN Newsroom.[6]

On April 4, 2007, CNN's President Jonathan Klein officially announced Chetry as the new co-anchor. Her first American Morning broadcast was on April 16, 2007. Kiran's last day on American Morning and at CNN was July 29, 2011.[14]

In August, 2014, she co-anchored with Errol Barnett a few late-night telecasts for CNN International. She has also recently been an infomercial presenter for Nutribullet.

Sex symbol[edit]

In 2006, Chetry made Maxim magazine's top ten list of TV's Sexiest News Anchors, placing third on the list: she was ranked as America's sexiest female anchor and the world's second sexiest female anchor.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Chetry is currently married, but separated, from Chris Knowles, a former Fox News Channel and erstwhile New York City WPIX-TV weekend weatherman.[16] They have a son and a daughter.[17]


External links[edit]

Q&A: Kiran Chetry: On Career Transition, Nepal and Journalism, Nepal Monitor, July 8, 2007