Pat Kiernan

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Pat Kiernan
Kiernan at the World Trade Center site, 2006
Born (1968-11-20) November 20, 1968 (age 55)
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
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 2011, Kiernan joined TrivWorks as a "Special Host" available for select corporate team building events.[3][4][5]

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.[6]

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.[7]

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."[8]

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), 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.[9] The New York Daily News covered the March 7 program with a minute-by-minute live blog.[10]

In 2013, Canada's Report on Business named Kiernan one of the "16 Canadians We Want Back".[11]

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 U.S. 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.[12] 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.[13] They have two children, Lucy (October 27, 2001) and Maeve (July 12, 2004).[14]


All roles are credited as himself, unless otherwise noted.


Year Title Role Notes
2021 Spider-Man: No Way Home Himself
2019 Spider-Man: Far From Home Cameo; mid-credits scene
2018 The Commuter
2016 Doctor Strange Cameo
Ghostbusters Cameo
Money Monster Uncredited Cameo
2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 NY1 Morning Anchor
Annie NY1 Reporter
Non-Stop NY1 Anchor
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Anchor
2013 Iron Man 3 Himself Cameo
2012 The Avengers Cameo
2011 4:44 Last Day on Earth Anchor
The Son of No One News Reporter #1
2006 Night at the Museum TV News Anchor
True North Henri
Around the World in 90 Seconds Pat Short film; writer
2005 The Interpreter Himself
2001 Storytelling TV News Announcer (voice) Uncredited


Year Title Episode(s) Role Notes
2021 Hawkeye 2 episodes Himself
Gossip Girl Hope Sinks NY1 Reporter
2017 The Punisher Episode: "Front Toward Enemy" Himself
Mr. Robot 1 episode
The Defenders Episode: "The H Word"
2016 Odd Mom Out Hanoi Jill
Difficult People Kessler Epstein Foundation
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Kimmy Finds Her Mom
Billions Boasts and Rails
2015-2016 Daredevil 2 episodes
2015 The Strain Intruders Newscaster
American Odyssey Real World Himself
2014 Nurse Jackie S06E03 : "Super Greens"
Broad City Hurricane Wanda
2013 Crowd Rules 8 episodes Host
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Jehane Noujim
Golden Boy Pilot
2012 30 Rock What Will Happen to the Gang Next Year?
Animal Practice Dr. Yamamazing
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


  1. ^ Larson, Jackie L. (September 10, 2011). "Edmonton man finds himself in the middle of 9/11". Edmonton Sun. Archived from the original on September 27, 2016. Retrieved March 17, 2012.
  2. ^ Stelter, Brian (April 5, 2009). "On the Web, a National Version of 'In the Papers' From NY1". The New York Times.
  3. ^ Doll, Jen (January 27, 2011). "Pat Kiernan Talks About His New Gig, His Dream Job, and the Name of Ross's Monkey on Friends". The Village Voice. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
  4. ^ "Pat Joins TrivWorks as Host for Live Event Trivia". Pat Kiernan. Retrieved July 21, 2016.
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  6. ^ Sisario, Ben (January 2, 2014). "Talk Radio on WABC Shifts Focus to the Local". The New York Times.
  7. ^ O'Shea, Chris (February 23, 2016). "Pat Kiernan to Host New Bloomberg Show". Adweek. Archived from the original on April 7, 2016.
  8. ^ "Review: Good Morning, City". Publishers Weekly. September 19, 2016. Archived from the original on October 24, 2016.
  9. ^ McDonald, Duff (March 25, 2011). "62 Minutes With Pat Kiernan". New York.
  10. ^ "NY1 star gets his shot at being the next Regis Philbin". New York Daily News. March 7, 2012. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  11. ^ "16 Canadians we want back". Report on Business. May 30, 2013. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  12. ^ Muldoon, Molly (March 14, 2012). "NY1's Pat Kiernan on his dream job on Live! With Kelly". Irish Central. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  13. ^ Kennedy, Helen (April 25, 2012). "NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan is hip to Brooklyn". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on July 30, 2012. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  14. ^ Blatter, Lucy (January 17, 2010). "Chatting with NY1's Pat Kiernan". AM New York Metro. Archived from the original on December 1, 2011. Retrieved November 11, 2016.

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