Mika Brzezinski

Mika Emilie Leonia Brzezinski was born on May 2, 1967 in New York City, New York. She works as a newscaster and author. She is the current co-host of MSNBC's morning broadcast program, Morning Joe.


Upbringing

Mika is the daughter of Zbigniew Brzezinski and Emilie Benes Brzezinski. She has two brothers, Ian and Mark Brzezinski. Her parents are immigrants from Poland and Switzerland. They were well known in the political world. Her mother is a sculptor born in Switzerland and is related to Czechoslovakia's former president, Edvard Beneš, Her father was a foreign policy expert and former National Security Advisor. He was an advisor for former presidents Jimmy Carter and Lyndon B. Johnson. Her brother, Mark is a diplomat, who served as the US Ambassador to Sweden from 2011 to 2015.

Mika attended Madera School for her high school education. She went on to attend Georgetown University before seeking a transfer to another college. She completed her graduation from Williams College located in Williamstown, Massachusetts in 1989. She majored in English.

Broadcasting Career

Mika started her career as an assistant journalist in 1990. She was the presenter of ABC's World News This Morning program. The following year, she was offered employment at the Tribute - affiliate of WTIC-TV-DT based in Connecticut. While there, she was promoted from handling assignments and feature editing to being the general reporter.

In 1992, Mika joined the WFSB-TV station as a weekday morning news anchor. After five years, she resigned and found an opportunity as a correspondent at CBS where she anchored Up to the Minute News. She joined the MSNBC co-hosting the Home Page with Gina Gaston and Ashleigh Banfield. This was an intriguing show because it had an anchor crew of all women which was received positively in the political media world.

In 2001, she returned to CBS Network where she contributed to the CBS Sunday Morning and 60 Minutes programs. It was during this time that she was assigned the role of a ground zero reporter to cover the September 11, 2001 attacks. She was broadcasting live when she saw the south tower collapse in front of her own eyes. The coverage gave her spotlight and exposure as a journalist. She was dismissed from CBS in 2006 for undisclosed reasons.

She moved to MSNBC in the beginning of 2007, where she was assigned to anchor Up to the Minute as well as the NBC Nightly News and Weekend Today news programs. She co-anchored Morning Joe with Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist, with her father being a frequent guest on the show. This gave her the necessary motivation to tackle complex political issues, especially since that she was a Democrat and Joe Scarborough was a Republican. Their conflicting views provided interesting debates and discussions.

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Controversy Vs Celebrity News

Her career has been marred by controversies. She once refused to read the news announcement on Paris Hilton’s acquittal from prison. Instead, she concentrated on the disagreement of Richard Lugar regarding George Bush's Iraqi war. She felt the Paris Hilton story was pointless and that there more important stories to cover for the viewers.

In 2010, Mika objected to reading news on Lindsay Lohan and in 2011 she ignored Sarah Palin's counter on Obama's remarks on the Tucson shootings. She set a standard for hard news and called entertainment news a waste of time that you can do without. Ironically, she got massive support for her stubbornness and desire to clean up the news.

She is a strong woman who voices her opinions so that they be heard loud enough.

Awards and Recognitions

She is an author as well and has written very inspiring books which are well respected by the public. She focuses on women’s issues in her books. Her recent book, ‘Know your worth’ has won her many accolades. She put in her own experiences in the making of that book so that it would reach the crowd with her personal perspective. Before then, she had written another book, All Things at Once, aimed at inspiring all women.

Personal Life

Mika meet James Hoffer when they were working together at WABC. They both hit off so well and they were in a long romantic relationship before they decided to take their relationship to the next level of marriage. They got married 1993. They have two daughters.

Mika is a complete career oriented woman. She is happily married and very content in her life. Her husband, James is a very caring man and a wonderful father. She had reached success in her professional life but one incident in her life turned her upside down when she slipped from the stairs of her house holding anew born baby in her arms. They tripped and fell down, which badly injured the baby. When she recounted the incident, it brought tears to her eyes. She had to blame herself for the whole incident. She felt sleepy after a hectic day at work, which made her tired. She learned her lesson after this incident and tried to put her priorities straight by having a better work life balance.

After this incident, everything changed in her life. Her happy relationship was drowned by speculation that Mika was involved in an affair with Joe Scarborough who is a former Florida Congressman. There were rumors that the affair led to the divorce between him and his wife in 2016 Rumor mills were buzzing that Joe was Mika’s alleged boyfriend. Trouble started brewing in the home lives of both Joe and Mika.

Mika and James Hoffer got a divorce in 2016. Mika went on to get engaged to Joe Scarborough in 2017, confirming that they were romantically involved.

Mika is an extremely beautiful woman with a magnetic personality which makes it easy for her to draw crowds to her television shows. She is a great career woman, well known for work, as well as her beauty. She has many followers on her social networking profiles.

Despite the marital issues, Mika is still a respected journalist. She has a huge net worth and continues to bring the hard real news to the viewers.

Last Modified: Apr 8, 2020


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