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New Era for Mom TV Anchors?

The New York Times [1] recently profiled Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, offering her up as an example of a new breed of TV talking heads who are open and honest about having a baby, growing a family and reporting the news on television.

Saying that a previous generation of female anchors – the likes of Diane Sawyer and Barbara Walters - never mentioned their child-rearing, author Pamela Paul wrote that women like Kelly, CNN’s Soledad O’Brien and MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski make “their off-hours role as mothers . . . into part of their on-air persona.”

Calling Kelly “confident” as she pumps breast-milk at work, the Times depicted her as a happy new mom of two who gets home by 5 p.m. to eat dinner with her kids and crashes on the sofa with her husband before getting up at 6 a.m. and breastfeeding her baby twice overnight.

“When Megyn Kelly was starting out in television, a prominent TV newswoman told her: ‘You’re going to need to choose: You can either have a family or you can be a major anchor,’” Paul wrote, quickly followed up by Kelly’s response, “It was terrible advice.” 

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