Megyn Kelly currently anchors "America Live," a daytime news program on Fox News Channel which launched in February of 2010. She previously co-anchored "America's Newsroom" with Bill Hemmer and appears weekly on "The O'Reilly Factor" in a segment entitled The Kelly File.
Prior to joining Fox News Channel, Kelly served as a general assignment reporter for ABC News affiliate WJLA-TV in Washington. Before becoming a journalist, Kelly practiced law as a corporate litigator. Her legal knowledge no doubt assisted her as she provided coverage for the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Chief Justice John Roberts. She also reported on the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and the death of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist.
You had dreams of being a cowgirl while growing up in Albany, N.Y., then started your career as a corporate litigator. How did you end up as a Fox morning news co-host?
Well, cowgirl was tough given that I didn't know how to ride a horse, didn't have a ranch and grew out of my favorite red and black cowgirl outfit by the time I was 8, so I needed a fallback. Being a litigator was a bit like being in the wild west but ultimately it wasn't the life for me. I had long thought I would enjoy journalism, and when I was ready to leave the law, I asked a friend in my guitar class in Chicago (who was a reporter at WMAQ) for some advice. She helped me put together a resume tape, introduced me to some people, I started taking classes at night, and before I knew it, I had landed my first reporting job at WJLA in Washington D.C. Within a year, I was offered a reporting job at Fox News Channel and the rest, as they say, is history.
The perception of women on TV news shows is that they’re blond, beautiful and bimbos. And then there are all the “Megyn Kelly is hot” videos on YouTube, the “Leggy Meggy” comments as well as Brit Hume’s observation that you are “strikingly attractive,” which few people would say about Mr. Hume or most male TV personalities. Do those comments and perceptions bother you, or can a career women use her attractiveness to work for her?
Being called attractive doesn't bother me, no, and please burn all my Gloria Steinem writings if I ever get to the point where it does. I think women's looks in general (not just in journalism which of course is a visual medium, but in many professions) are more subject to scrutiny. Would it be nice if we could be evaluated based solely on our performance and not based on appearance? Sure, but it's really not something I think about - in my family, there was never any currency in being "pretty." Funny, inquisitive, engaging - that's what earned you points at the dinner table.
You divorced in 2006, married Douglas Brunt in 2008 and became mom to Edward Yates in 2009. Like your rise from a reporting job at an ABC affiliate in D.C. to your role at Fox now, that’s a lot of change in a short amount of time. What drives you?
The knowledge that this is not a dress rehearsal, that the most important things in life are love and family, and that while a great career is an incredible blessing for which I am truly grateful, it does not define me as a person.