Who is Ainsley Earhardt?
Ainsley Earhardt is a popular American television personality, currently working as a conservative political commentator at Fox News. She is well known as the co-host of ‘Fox & Friends’, which is President Donald Trump‘s favorite morning show program. She also reports for the show ‘Hannity’ in her own segment called ‘Ainsley Across America’. At Fox network, she has also co-hosted ‘Fox and Friends Weekend’, ‘Fox's All-American New Year's Eve’, and ‘America's News Headquarters’. She also appeared on ‘Greg Gutfeld's Red Eye’, a late-night satirical talk show on Fox News that features panelists and guests discussing the latest news in politics, entertainment, business, etc. Since her early days, Earhardt has possessed a natural tendency to lead from the front. Hence, it is not surprising that she won the much sought after Caroliniana Creed Award for her leadership qualities and clarity of thought. Earhardt has been in the limelight for covering some significant news events, including the famous Fort Hood Base shooting, the coverage of the death of Actor James Gandolfini, and man-made and natural disasters like the famous 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, the E5 tornado in Moore, and the 8.0 magnitude earthquake that hit China and killed about 70,000 people. She is still talked about for her contribution to FNC New Year Eve Special ‘All American New Year’ in 2014 from Times Square New York. She has also authored a children’s bestseller ‘Take Heart, My Child–A Mother’s Dream‘, co-authored by Kathyrn Cristaldi, and illustrated by Jaime Kim. It is a motivational book for kids to follow their dreams.
After Ainsley Earhardt graduated in 2000, she joined WLTX-News 19, the local CBS station in Columbia, South Carolina, as a reporter. Until 2004, she worked as the morning and noon anchor, and both the shows were rated No.1. For her contribution, she was named the Best Personality Of The Year in Columbia Metropolitan Magazine.
In 2005, she moved to San Antonio, Texas, to join KENS-TV and anchored the weekday newscasts of ‘Eyewitness News This Morning’ and ‘Eyewitness News at Noon,’ both shows rated No. 1.Her coverage from New York City about the South Carolina middle school students donating half a million dollars to firefighters after the September 11 attacks was appreciated.
In 2007, she moved to New York City and was hired by Fox News Channel. She started off by working for the curtain-raiser show ‘Fox & Friends’, before she took over as the host of the main program. She replaced Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who resigned from the show. She is highly appreciated for the daily morning news show on Fox News Channel. One of her major assignments at Fox was an interview with Trump, days before his inauguration as the president.
In an interview with TVNewser, she said that she had dedicated her first day at ‘Fox & Friends’ to her parents. “They are amazing people. They’ve worked so hard to give me so much,” she said.
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Ainsley Earhardt was born on September 20, 1976, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA. She has an older sister and a younger brother. When she was a kid, her family moved to the Foxcroft area of Charlotte, North Carolina. There she attended Sharon Elementary School. She graduated from Spring Valley High School in 1995. She went to Florida State University (FSU) on a leadership and academic scholarship, with biology as major.
In FSU, she served the student body as a senator. She later transferred to the University of South Carolina (USC) to pursue a degree in journalism. There she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) in Journalism in 1999. At FSU, she was a member of the Alpha Delta Pi, and Beta Epsilon in USC, and was inducted into four honor societies. She was also elected to the University's Homecoming Court.
In 2005, she married Kevin McKinney but the marriage lasted only till 2010. In October 2012, Earhardt married Will Proctor, a former Clemson University quarterback. In 2009, he had retired from football, and is now a wealth adviser at Neuberger Berman. On November 6, 2015, their daughter Hayden Dubose Proctor was born.
She is quite adventurous too! While she was living in Texas in 2005, she flew in an F-16 with the US Air Force Thunderbirds and went skydiving with the US Army's Golden Knights.