Tai Hernandez

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Tai Hernandez
Born Taina Hernandez[1]
(1974-07-30) July 30, 1974 (age 42)
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
Status Married
Alma mater Brown University (B.A., History, 1996)
Notable credit(s) Anchor and Correspondent
(ABC News)
Reporter WNYW
Spouse(s) James McShane
Parent(s) Lillian Hernandez
Esdras Hernandez [1]

Taina "Tai" Hernandez (born July 30, 1974) is an American reporter freelancing for ABC News. She is a former reporter and anchor of Good Day New York for WNYW and correspondent for ABC News.

Early life and education[edit]

Hernandez is a Brooklyn native,[2] the daughter of Lillian, a homemaker, and Esdras Hernandez, who was a trumpeter who played Latin jazz.[1] She is an alumna of Hunter College High School in Manhattan, New York City, New York and Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.[3]


Hernandez joined ABC News in 2001 as a correspondent for NewsOne, ABC's affiliate news service. She anchored the overnight broadcast ABC World News Now from 2005 to 2007, and appeared regularly on Good Morning America and World News Now.

She has reported from the West Coast on a number of high-profile criminal cases, including the trials of Michael Jackson and Robert Blake, and the disappearance and murder of Laci Peterson in Modesto, California. Hernandez has also reported from the Middle East on the rising tensions in the region. She traveled to Guatemala to cover the medical progress of a pair of formerly conjoined twins.

As a NewsOne correspondent, Hernandez reported from Washington, D.C., and New York covering breaking news, including extensive post-September 11, 2001 coverage.

Before joining ABC News, Hernandez was a political reporter at NY1 News where she covered the 2000 United States Senate campaign of Hillary Clinton and the mayoralty of Rudy Giuliani. While at NY1 News, she covered the September 11 attacks and their aftermath. She also reported on the campaign of New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.

In 2010, Hernandez became a reporter for FOX Network television station WNYW in New York City and has anchored the station's morning show Good Day New York and the weekend newscast as sub-anchor.[4]

Since returning to ABC News in 2013 Hernandez has been a sub anchor for ABC's World News Now.


Hernandez has been criticized, along with Ryan Owens, for laughing during serious segments while appearing on World News Now, such as during their reportage of Owen Wilson's suicide attempt in August 2007.[5][6][7][8]

Personal life[edit]

On December 18, 2007, Hernandez announced on the air that she was stepping down from her position on the ABC News morning team to take some time off prior to giving birth to her second child.[9] Hernandez has been married to James McShane, a political producer for CNN in Los Angeles, since 2003.[1]


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