Megyn Marie Kelly (born November 18, 1970), formerly known as Megyn Kendall, is a television host and political commentator on the Fox News Channel. As of 2014, Kelly hosts The Kelly File on weekdays from the network's New York City headquarters. She previously hosted America Live. Prior to that, Kelly co-hosted America's Newsroom along with Bill Hemmer. From 2007 to 2012, the two also hosted Fox News Channel's New Year's Eve specials, All American New Year. She was included in the 2014 Time list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Personal life and education:
Kelly was born in Syracuse, New York, the daughter of Linda, a homemaker, and Edward Kelly, a professor. She is of part Italian descent. Her family moved to Delmar, New York. At Bethlehem Central High School, she played on the basketball and field hockey teams and captained the cheerleading squad. Kelly's father, who was on the staff of the University at Albany, died when she was 15 years old. After high school, she pursued an undergraduate degree in Political Science at Syracuse University, was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, and later earned a J.D. from Albany Law School, where she served as an associate editor of the Albany Law Review.
Kelly's first marriage, to Daniel Kendall, an anesthesiologist, ended in divorce in 2006. In 2008, she married Douglas Brunt, President and CEO of Authentium, who is now a full-time writer and novelist. They have three children.
Career in law:
Following her graduation from Albany Law School in 1995, Kelly was an associate in the Chicago office of law firm Bickel & Brewer LLP, during which time she co-wrote an article for the American Bar Association's journal, Litigation, called "The Conflicting Roles of Lawyer as Director". She later joined Jones Day for nine years, where she served as an attorney for credit bureau Experian.
Career in journalism:
Kelly moved to Washington, D.C., where she was hired by the ABC affiliate WJLA-TV as a general assignment reporter. While there, she covered significant national and local events including major national events such as the 2004 presidential election. She then applied for a job at Fox Entertainment Group in 2004. Prior to her anchor role on the Fox News network she served as a general assignment reporter located in Washington, D.C., where she provided live coverage of the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr., and Chief Justice John G. Roberts. She also reported on the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and the death of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist.
Kelly contributed legal segments for Special Report with Brit Hume and hosted her own legal segment, Kelly's Court, during Weekend Live. She appeared on a weekly segment on The O'Reilly Factor and occasionally filled in for Greta Van Susteren on On the Record where most of her reporting focused on legal and political matters. She occasionally contributed as an anchor, but more often as a substitute anchor on weekends. On February 1, 2010, Kelly began hosting her own two hour show, America Live, replacing Fox News' previous show The Live Desk. She has been a guest-panelist on Fox News' late-night satire program Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld. In 2010, viewership for America Live increased by 20%, averaging 1,293,000 viewers, and increased by 4% in the 25-54 age demographic, averaging 268,000 viewers.
Kelly received media attention for her coverage of the results of the 2012 United States presidential election. On November 6, 2012, the night of the election, Fox News projected that Obama would win a second term after part of the results had been released. In response to Karl Rove's opposition to this projection, Kelly asked Rove, "Is this just math that you do as a Republican to make yourself feel better? Or is this real?"
Kelly left as host of America Live in the beginning of July 2013 for maternity leave and began hosting The Kelly File, airing weekdays at 9 p.m. EDT, on October 7, 2013.
In December 2013, remarks made by Kelly in reaction to a Slate article drew controversy. On The Kelly File, she said that "For all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white, but this person is just arguing that maybe we should also have a black Santa," adding, "But Santa is what he is, and just so you know, we're just debating this because someone wrote about it." Kelly also stated that Jesus was a white man later in the segment. Soon after, Jon Stewart,Stephen Colbert,Rachel Maddow,Josh Barro and others satirized her remarks. Two days later, she made additional on-air statements, characterizing her original comments as "tongue-in-cheek", but conceded that the skin color of Jesus is "far from settled".
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