Who is Tamron Hall?
Tamron Hall is an African-American award-winning journalist who has partnered with Weinstein Television for a daily daytime talk show set to debut in 2018. With a television experience of around 25 years, this broadcast journalist will serve as the host and executive producer of the talk show (yet to be named), and will also handle other programs of Weinstein Television. Prior to this, she hosted Investigation Discovery’s program ‘Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall’. A recipient of the Temple University’s prestigious Lew Klein Alumni in Media Award, Tamron is a former news anchor for NBC News and dayside anchor for MSNBC. She had hosted the program MSNBC ‘Live with Tamron Hall’, and was a co-host of ‘Today's Take’. She hosted Investigation Discovery’s new special, ‘Guns on Campus: Tamron Hall Investigates’, which commemorated the 50th anniversary of the tower shooting at the University of Texas. She has also hosted a number of special reports on MSNBC and NBC News like ‘Making the Grade,’ ‘Debating the Black Agenda,’ ‘Dateline’ and ‘Rock Center’ ‘Education Nation: Teacher Town Hall,’ and many others. Striving to end homelessness, illiteracy, and domestic abuse, Hall is involved with several charitable organizations. A New York-based advocacy group for victims of domestic abuse has recognized her work and efforts to end domestic violence. Tamron is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She has been featured in major publications and media platforms like ‘Forbes,’ ‘Ebony Magazine,’ ‘Marie Claire,’ ‘Uptown Magazine,’ ‘Huffington Post,’ ‘AOL Black Voices,’ ‘Women’s Health,’ among others.
Childhood & Early Life
Tamron Hall was born on September 16, 1970, in Luling, Texas. She grew up with her mother Mary Newton and stepfather Clarence Newton Sr. “I was born to a different father, but God brought in my stepfather who should be my dad,” Tamron said in an interview. Her stepfather, who had spent a major part of his adult life in the military, imbibed in her a sense of order and discipline, and encouraged her to become a journalist.
She holds a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Broadcast Journalism from Temple University.
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Tamron Hall began her broadcasting career with KBTX in Bryan, Texas, as a general assignment reporter. Later she moved to KTVT, a CBS owned-and-operated television station serving the Dallas, in Fort Worth, Texas.
In 1997, she joined WFLD-TV, a Fox owned-and-operated television station in Chicago, Illinois, and being a former resident of Chicago, she reported on issues related to local politics.
At WFLD-TV, she hosted the three-hour ‘Fox News in the Morning’, and covered many ‘breaking news’ stories including Amtrak's devastating train-truck collision in 1999. She launched a consumer report segment, ‘The Bottom Line,’ in 1999. At WFLD-TV, she held several other positions including those of a general assignment reporter and consumer reporter, and anchored the weekday mornings. She departed from WFLD-TV in 2007.
She joined the MSNBC national news network in 2007, where she worked for the next ten years. She served as a general reporter and fill-in anchor, and first gained prominence as a substitute anchor along with Keith Olbermann on the ‘Countdown with Keith Olbermann’ program.
In 2008, her one-on-one interview with Barack Obama before he announced his run for presidency was highly appreciated. Next, she joined David Shuster as co-host of ‘The Big Picture’, a two-hour program that started in June 2009, and concluded in January 2010.
She hosted ‘News Nation with Tamron Hall’ when it was launched in 2010. It aired on weekdays, featuring high-profile interviews and coverage of US, global and entertainment news, including live television broadcast from Ground Zero in New York City after Osama Bin Laden’s death was announced. She also covered the final space shuttle launch in 2011 and the Hurricane Isaac in 2012. She was the correspondent of the NBC News special program ‘The Inauguration of Barack Obama,’ in October 2010.
From September 2013, she began hosting another series, ‘Deadline: Crime with Tamron Hall’, on Investigation Discovery. For this weekly newsmagazine, Hall and her investigative team uncovered details of each crime—on why and how things happened in each case. She dedicated the program to her older sister, whose death was a homicide and still remains unsolved.
She made history when she began hosting NBC’s ‘Today’ in 2014, as she became the first African-American woman to serve as a co-anchor in the program. She was a frequent fill-in for main co-anchors Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie. Some of her significant interviews for the program were of Instagram's CEO Kevin Systrom, Australian actor Hugh Jackman, and American singer Mariah Carey.
She was featured in an episode of ‘Running Wild with Bear Grylls’ in 2014, in which she was shown hiking over rugged terrain in the Pink Cliffs of southwestern Utah for two days with Bear Grylls.
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Hall quit NBC News and MSNBC in February 2017. It is reported that she learned that she would lose her co-anchor slot on ‘Today.’ Her program was being cut by an hour to make room for a new daytime talk show. It is reported that NBC offered her a “significant financial incentive” to stay with the network, but she chose to depart.
In July 2017, she teamed up with Harvey Weinstein of The Weinstein Company and co-founder of Miramax, a film and television production company. Her new job is multi-layered—she will host her own daytime talk show, which is yet to be named, and will also serve as the executive producer of the program.
The program, which will feature entertainment news, current event news, interviews, and human-interest stories, will be launched in 2018. She will also serve as executive producer for other upcoming programs produced by Weinstein Television.
Awards & Achievements
At WFLD-TV, Tamron Hall was nominated for an Emmy for her consumer report segment, ‘The Bottom Line,’ which was first aired in 1999. Her NBC special news segment ‘The Inauguration of Barack Obama,’ won an Emmy in October 2010.
She received the Lew Klein Alumni in the Media award from Temple University in 2010. She also earned an Emmy nomination for her segment ‘Education Nation: Teacher Town Hall’ in 2011.
She won the Edward R. Murrow Award for her report on domestic abuse in 2016.
Tamron Hall is intent on keeping her private life under wraps. However, there have been rumors that she was dating Lawrence O’Donnell, her fellow MSNBC news anchor and host of ‘The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell. In January 2017, she mentioned that she was dating a man named “Tony,” although it’s uncertain if she had been joking.