Alisyn Camerota was born in Washington with two older sisters and a brother. She was talented and worked hard in school. Her dedicated efforts earned her a scholarship for her studies at American University. Alisyn earned a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the School of Communications at American University. The degree would come in handy for Alisyn as she began her broadcasting career after college. For Camerota, the journey to the world of cable news morning shows kicked off when she was sitting at home on a coach as a teenager. She told a story about her inspiration to get on television began that one day, “I figured it out at 15 years old. I was at home on the sofa watching Phil Donahue, a show I routinely watched. It dawned on me. Wait a second, he’s asking questions and they’re telling interesting stories. Is that a job?”
To pay off her bills and expenses as a young woman, she worked as a waitress at an Ice Cream shop.
Her career in the news industry started at the WDHD Boston station where she had to cover or report the news. For NBC, she has also hosted a program entitled Real Life, Alisyn was also the correspondent of the show. She also worked for America’s Most Wanted for four years. The show was one of the most popular shows of the Fox network. It is a crime program that documented unsolved crimes. She was the correspondent and used to cover the crime scene and collect the news. The show was very famous because it actually helped the police solve crimes when they get tips from the audience.
Fox and CNN
She had different roles when she worked for Fox News Channel for more than 16 years. When she was at Fox News, Alisyn was the anchor of the show America’s News Headquarters which was broadcasted between 1 P.M. to 2 P.M. Eastern Time. She started with the Fox Network in 1998. In 1998, Alisyn joined the network as a correspondent while she was located in Boston. Working from the Boston Bureau, she covered several different stories and contributed towards the affiliate service of the network. In addition to America’s News Headquarters, she has also hosted Fox & Friends Weekend which was broadcasted at 6 A.M. Eastern Time
She got praise when she reported from the restricted areas during the September 11 tragedy. She interviewed many people who are famous like singer Jon Bo Jovi, athlete Terrell Owens and President George H.W. Bush.
Camerota wrote Amanda Wakes Up, a novel she began writing while taking notes of her interviews of candidates during the 2012 presidential election. The notes developed into a novel based on her 25 years of working for the news business. She wrote the book with the desire to remind readers of the importance of real journalism. Book reviewer Lincee Ray of the Associated Press wrote that the novel offers "a healthy dose of what it means to weigh ambition against truth".
Camerota made a switch from Fox News to CNN on July 14, 2014 when CNN and CNN International announced that Camerota was going to join the CNN news team as an anchor. Camerota first co-anchored on CNN’s New Day on the morning of a Friday, July 25, 2014. In 2015, Camerota became a permanent co-anchor of New Day. In June 2017, Camerota once found herself accused of insensitivity for suggesting during a live interview that national spelling champion Ananya Vinay, a 12-year-old born in California, should be able to read Sanskrit. A CNN spokesperson later dismissed the comment as a joke, calling those offended "extremely cynical." New Day's viewership has increased by 9% since Camerota was added to the program.
People were surprised that CNN would hire an anchor from a rival conservative network but Camerota assured them that her views had changed over the years.
Sexual Harassment Allegations
Working Mother reported on the sexual harassment Alisyn experienced as an employee at Fox News, “Alisyn made a statement this past April: that during her 16 years at Fox News, Roger Ailes, the network’s former president, had sexually harassed her. One incident: When she was starting out at Fox, she asked for bigger opportunities on the job, and his alleged response was that it might require them getting to know each other better away from the office, in a hotel. She says he added, “Do you know what I’m saying?” (He died less than a month after she opened up about it, but not before denying through an attorney that he had inappropriate conversations with Alisyn.) “
Alisyn Camerota is a talented and beautiful person. Alisyn is among the best paid TV news anchors because of her impact on ratings. Her net worth is 2.5 million dollars. Alisyn is married to Timothy, he is father of her three children. The couple has two twin daughters and a boy. In 2005, Alisyn gave birth to fraternal twins. In 2007 she gave birth to a baby boy. In 2010, Camerota appeared on The Today Show to discuss her infertility issues and served as host of the National Infertility Associations "Night of Hope Celebration."
Alisyn is among those working ladies who can balance family and work together. Her relationship with her husband is very good and there is no chance of divorce. Alisyn enjoys a comfortable life with her family because of her huge net worth. The family has a really strong bond and haven’t met any obstacle that they were not able to overcome.
In an interview with Working Mother, Alisyn explained how she teaches the dangers of social media to her children after Donald Trump insulted her on Twitter, “I just read the tweet and went on with my day, but in my kids’ world, how many times something has been shared is a currency that’s important to them. My daughter feared that it was going to have that ripple effect. It’s not reality. We still have our friends, neighbors and family, and we can’t put much stock in what’s happening in the ether.”
Last Modified: Apr 8, 2020