Pat Kiernan

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Pat Kiernan
Kiernan WTC 2006.jpg
Kiernan at the World Trade Center site, 2006
Born (1968-11-20) November 20, 1968 (age 50)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
United States
OccupationTelevision host
Dawn Lerohl (m. 1994)

Patrick Kiernan (born November 20, 1968) is a Canadian-American television host, appearing as the morning news anchor of NY1 since 1997. He is widely known in New York City for his "In the Papers" feature, in which he summarizes the colorful content in New York City's daily newspapers, replete with his deadpan humor. Kiernan has also hosted game shows and appeared in films and on television either as himself or as a reporter.


Kiernan began his news career in 1988 at CKRA-FM in Edmonton while a business student at the University of Alberta. He later made a transition from radio to television at Edmonton's CFRN News. In 1993, he moved to another Edmonton television station, CITV, where he produced the weekday primetime newscast. Kiernan moved to New York City three years later to work for Time Warner, where he soon became the morning anchor of NY1. Kiernan is usually on air from 5 AM until 10 AM, weekdays. He was on air on the morning of the September 11th terrorist attacks, and remained on air for nearly 15 hours that day.[1] Kiernan also serves as a correspondent for Business News Network in Canada. From 2000 to 2004, Kiernan was the co-anchor of the CNNfn program "The Money Gang." His co-hosts included Christine Romans and two fellow Canadians, Amanda Lang and Ali Velshi. In 2008, Kiernan created Pat's Papers, a website curation of his favorite stories from newspapers across the United States.[2]

In January 2014, Kiernan added an afternoon job to his long-running morning routine, joining WABC (AM) Radio to host a 5 pm weeknight news/talk show recapping the events of the day in and around New York City. He left WABC in early 2015.[3]

Kiernan joined Bloomberg TV Canada in 2015 as the host of the channel's Thursday night Bloomberg North program. The half-hour report reviews the week's global business events from a Canadian perspective.[4]

The routine of his early morning commute to work at NY1 is the subject of Kiernan's first children's book Good Morning, City, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2016. A starred review in Publishers Weekly explains that "Kiernan knows a lot about how a city shakes off sleep."[5]

Kiernan has appeared in cameos as himself or as a reporter in such films as The Interpreter (2005), Night at the Museum (2006), True North (film) (2006), The Son of No One (2011), Iron Man 3 (2013) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014). He has been featured in publications including New York magazine ("Morning Star", February 5, 2001), and the New York Post ("Dream Job: Pat Kiernan", October 3, 2005) and The New Yorker ("Explainer"; May 21, 2012).

On March 7, 2012, he served as guest co-host with Kelly Ripa on Live! with Kelly. The appearance came nearly a year after a New York Magazine article in which he declared his interest in the soon-to-be-vacant job because it was a "rare intersection" of his knowledge of New York City and his passion for pop culture.[6] The New York Daily News covered the March 7 program with a minute-by-minute live blog.[7]

In 2013, Canada's Report on Business named Kiernan one of the "16 Canadians We Want Back".[8]

Game shows[edit]

Kiernan has also hosted several game shows, all produced by Michael Davies: Studio 7, which aired on The WB Television Network in the summer of 2004; two seasons of The World Series of Pop Culture, which began airing on VH1 July 10, 2006, and July 9, 2007 respectively. He served as the off-screen "questioner" of the US version of Grand Slam, which premiered on GSN on August 4, 2007.

In May 2013 Kiernan joined Crowd Rules as one of the two co-hosts on the small business competition series. The ratings for the series fell below expectations and CNBC has yet to air six of the eight episodes initially produced.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Kiernan was married to Dawn Lerohl on June 4, 1994. They moved to Manhattan in 1996 and are citizens of both the United States and Canada.[9] They used to reside on the Upper West Side, but in April 2012 Kiernan purchased a $2 million townhouse in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn.[10] They have two children, Lucy (October 27, 2001) and Maeve (July 12, 2004).[11]


All roles are credited as himself, unless otherwise noted


Year Title Role Notes
2019 Spider-Man: Far From Home Himself
2018 The Commuter Himself
2016 Doctor Strange Himself Cameo
2016 Ghostbusters Himself Cameo
2016 Money Monster Himself Uncredited Cameo
2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 NY1 Morning Anchor
2014 Annie NY1 Reporter
2014 Non-Stop NY1 Anchor
2014 Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Anchor
2013 Iron Man 3 MSNBC TV News Anchor
2012 The Avengers MSNBC TV News Anchor
2011 4:44 Last Day on Earth Anchor
2011 The Son of No One News Reporter #1
2006 Night at the Museum TV News Anchor
2006 True North Henri
2006 Around the World in 90 Seconds Pat Short film; writer
2005 The Interpreter
2001 Storytelling TV News Announcer (voice) Uncredited


Year Title Episode(s) Role Notes\
2016 Odd Mom Out Hanoi Jill Himself
2016 Difficult People Kessler Epstein Foundation Himself
2016 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Kimmy Finds Her Mom Himself
2016 Billions Boasts and Rails Himself
2015 Marvel's Daredevil "Condemned" & "Daredevil" Himself
2015 The Strain Intruders Newscaster
2015 American Odyssey Real World Himself
2014 Nurse Jackie S06E03 : "Super Greens" Himself
2014 Broad City Hurricane Wanda
2013 Crowd Rules 8 episodes Host
2013 The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Jehane Noujim
2013 Golden Boy Pilot
2012 30 Rock What Will Happen to the Gang Next Year?
2012 Animal Practice Dr. Yamamazing
2012 Live with Kelly and Michael 3 episodes Guest Co-Host
2011 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Rispetto
2009 Gameshow and Tell Documentary
2008 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire 5 episodes Guest Expert
2007 Grand Slam 8 episodes The Questioner
2006-2007 World Series of Pop Culture 16 episodes Host
2007 ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway Documentary
2004 Studio 7 Host
2002 People I Know
2001 Spin City Chinatown


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