July 30, 1974
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||Brown University (B.A., History, 1996)|
|Notable credit(s)||Anchor and Correspondent
Esdras Hernandez 
Early life and education
Hernandez is a Brooklyn native, the daughter of Lillian, a homemaker, and Esdras Hernandez, who was a trumpeter who played Latin jazz. She is an alumna of Hunter College High School in Manhattan, New York City, New York and Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
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.
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.
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.
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. Hernandez has been married to James McShane, a political producer for CNN in Los Angeles, since 2003.
- "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Taina Hernandez, James McShane", The New York Times, October 5, 2003
- "Profile: Taina Hernandez", ABC Media Net. (archived 2007)
- Profile: Tai Hernandez from www.myfoxny.com
- Taina Hernandez Says Goodbye from www.mediabistro.com 18 December 2007