September 16, 1970 |
Luling, Texas, U.S.
|Education||Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from Temple University|
|Notable credit(s)||KBTX (1992–1994)
Tamron Hall (born September 16, 1970, in Luling, Texas) is an American broadcast journalist. Hall was formerly the American national news anchor for NBC News, day-side anchor for MSNBC, host of the program MSNBC Live with Tamron Hall, and a co-host of Today's Take, the third hour of Today. She currently hosts "Deadline: Crime" on Investigation Discovery channel. In summer 2016, Investigation Discovery premiered a new special, "Guns on Campus: Tamron Hall Investigates", which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the tower shooting at the University of Texas at Austin.
Hall received her Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from Temple University. She quickly moved to KTVT in Fort Worth, Texas. From 1997 to 2007, she worked for WFLD-TV in Chicago, Illinois. As a former Chicago resident, she frequently reported on issues related to Chicago politics. She held several positions at WFLD, which included general assignment reporter, consumer reporter, and she was the host of the three-hour segment "Fox News in the Morning". Tamron covered many "breaking news" stories at WFLD, including one of the most devastating accidents involving Amtrak in Illinois.
At MSNBC, Hall served as a general reporter and fill-in anchor, first achieving prominence as a substitute anchor for Keith Olbermann on Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Hall then joined David Shuster as co-host of a two-hour program, The Big Picture, which premiered June 1, 2009, and concluded January 29, 2010. Hall anchored as a substitute for Natalie Morales, and also anchored on the weekends.
Hall is the host of NewsNation with Tamron Hall. News Nation was launched in 2010, and includes high-profile interviews and coverage of U.S., global and entertainment news. This segment airs weekdays from 2-3 p.m ET. News Nation has covered many important American events including a live television broadcast from Ground Zero in New York City after the death of Osama Bin Laden was declared. This segment also covered the final space shuttle launch in 2011 and also Hurricane Isaac in 2012. Tamron tries to encourage viewers to express their own opinions through Facebook and Twitter on prominent controversial news stories.
As of February 24, 2014, Hall is a co-anchor of Today's Take the show's third hour with Natalie Morales, Al Roker and Willie Geist. On the March 20, 2015, Today show episode, Hall mentioned that she has often checked into hotels under the pseudonym DJ Warm Cookies. Hall is the first African American woman to co-anchor the Today show. On the day she signed the deal, she wore the jacket of American singer and civil rights activist Lena Horne, which she bought from her estate sale. Horne remains a primary inspiration to Hall.
It was announced in July 2013 that Hall would host another series, Deadline: Crime With Tamron Hall, on Investigation Discovery. It debuted on September 1, 2013. The weekly newsmagazine series features two crime occurrences per episode with Hall and her investigative team digging deeper to uncover details on why/how things happened within each case. Tamron dedicates the series to her older sister, whose death was ruled a homicide in 2004, and remains unsolved. Hall's team is extremely diligent in their efforts, in and out of the studio, to retrieve information from as many reputable sources as possible in this one-hour program.
On February 1, 2017, NBC News released in a joint statement confirming that Hall has departed from NBC and MSNBC, as her contract with the former would expire by the end of the month.
Anti-domestic violence campaign
In 2004, Renate, Hall's sister, was murdered, following bouts of domestic violence. Initially, officers informed Hall's family of their certainty of her attacker's identity. However, as of this writing, that person has not been brought to justice. During an interview at the Television Critics Association, Hall described the awful day when she received the call that her sister was found dead face down in her pool. She said there were many signals of domestic abuse that she realized at the time, but did not do anything to intervene, and she also partly blames herself for the loss of her sister.
Hall credited her personal experience with domestic violence for the drive to host Deadline: Crime. In a blog post published by Hall for Today, she wrote about the struggles of talking about her sister and her unsolved murder. Initially, she was afraid to speak out, because she thought she "would be seen as exploiting the problem". She did not decide to take action until years later.
Through Today's "Shine A Light" campaign, Hall fights against domestic abuse. Shine A Light supports causes including homelessness, hunger, and abuse. Her goal is to create a PSA for schools and camps that helps spread awareness of emotionally and physically abusive relationships in teens. Hall's fundraising efforts benefit Day One New York, Inc., which helps fight dating abuse. So far they have raised over $40,000.
Awards and Nominations
Tamron was nominated for an Emmy for her consumer report segment, "The Bottom Line," which first aired in 1999. Tamron served as reporter of the NBC News segment "The Inauguration of Barack Obama," which won an Emmy in October, 2010. Hall received the Lew Klein Alumni in the Media award from Temple University in 2010. She also had another Emmy nomination for her segment called "Education Nation: Teacher Town Hall" in 2011. Tamron has also been featured in several major news publications, including ones by Ebony Magazine, Forbes, Huffington Post, and several others. She won an Edward R. Murrow Award for her report on domestic abuse in 2016.
Other appearances in media
- Hall was featured on a 2014 episode of Running Wild with Bear Grylls where she and Bear Grylls hiked for two days in the Pink Cliffs of southwestern Utah. They rappelled down several cliffs, cooked a squirrel over a fire, and hiked over rugged terrain.
- "Tamron Hall Named Co-Host of the Third Hour of "Today"". The Futon Critic (Press release). NBC. February 24, 2014. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
- "Meet the faces: Tamron Hall". MSNBC. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
- "Tamron Hall Biography". Retrieved 2015-04-21.
- "EXCLUSIVE: Tamron Hall on Being First Black Woman To Co-Anchor 'Today' Show". Essence.com. Retrieved 2015-04-21.
- "TCA: ID Announces 'Deadline: Crime With Tamron Hall'". Deadline Hollywood. July 25, 2013. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
- Bibel, Sara (July 25, 2013). "'Deadline: Crime With Tamron Hall' to Premiere Sunday. September 1 on Investigation Discovery". TV by the Numbers (Press release). Retrieved August 30, 2013.
- Witherspoon, Chris (August 30, 2013). "Tamron Hall talks 'Deadline: Crime' and opens up about her sister's murder". The Grio. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
- "'Deadline: Crime With Tamron Hall' to Premiere Sunday. September 1 on Investigation Discovery". Retrieved 2015-04-21.
- Koblin, John (February 1, 2017). "Tamron Hall Leaves 'Today' Show and MSNBC". The New York Times. Retrieved February 1, 2017.
- Hall, Tamron. "Tamron Hall: Why my fight against domestic abuse is personal". Retrieved 2015-04-21.
- "Tamron Hall". Crowdrise.com. Retrieved 2015-04-21.
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