In honor of Black History Month, Sojourner House will highlight inspirational female roles from black history, each week in February. Gayle King is the final woman to be highlighted this month.
Gayle King is an American television personality, author and broadcast journalist for CBS News. She co-hosts its flagship morning program, CBS This Morning, a position she has held since its debut in 2012. She is also an editor-at-large for O, The Oprah Magazine.
CBS This Morning is the network’s most successful morning news broadcast in more than 30 years. Since joining CBS News, King has conducted revealing, news-making interviews with world leaders, political figures and celebrities.
Recently, King landed a string of high-profile, competitive interviews. This includes sitting down with R&B singer R. Kelly, for an explosive exclusive interview. She had a separate interview with the two young women living with him. The interviews were made into a primetime special, which was No. 1 in the time slot the evening the special aired.
The week prior to the R. Kelly interview, King had an exclusive interview with the director of the Michael Jackson documentary, “Leaving Neverland.” She also interviewed Jackson accusers and Jackson family members.
King also landed the only national TV interview with former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke, after he announced that he would run for president.
In 2018, King co-anchored CBS coverage of the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Other notable interviews include, but certainly aren’t limited to: Former First Lady Michelle Obama and her mother, Marian Robinson; former President Barack Obama; former House Speaker Paul Ryan; Tina Turner; Cher; Taylor Swift; Elizabeth Smart; and Elon Musk.
In addition, King co-anchored live broadcasts from Orlando following the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub, The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC., prior to the museum’s opening, as well as broadcasts for the 2016 Republican and Democratic Conventions. She has contributed to CBS election night coverage since 2014. She also has co-anchored special coverage of breaking news stories, such as the Paris terrorist attacks, the San Bernardino shoots, and the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to legalize same-sex marriage.
King’s career started as a production assistant at WJZ-TV in Baltimore, MD. King later trained as a reporter at WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C. After working at WJZ, she moved to Kansas City, MO, where she was a weekend anchor and general-assignment reporter at WDAF-TV. In 1981, she was hired as a news anchor for WFSB in Hartford, CT, where she worked for 18 years and became a news anchor.
King has received numerous awards for her extensive work as a journalist. To name a few highlights, she: received three Emmys; was selected for TIME 100, Time Magazine’s annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world; was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame in 2018; was a 2017 Variety Power of Women honoree; and in 2010, was honored with both the individual Achievement Award for Host-Entertainment/Information and the New York Women in Communications Matrix Award.
Born in Chevy Chase, MD, King attended University of Maryland, College Park. A mother of two, King lives in New York City.
Sources: Wikipedia and CBSNews.com