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Before joining FOX News Chanel Kilmeade worked as a feature reporter/ anchor for Newsport-TV and was a sports anchor/director

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rian Kilmeade does the same things as most fathers in his at WLIG-TV in New York. Gretchen Carlson, and Brian Kilmeade With all the news and community; he goes to work and rides the early train home so he can coach his children’s basketball and soccer teams. That’s sports shows on the radio and where most of the similarities end. Unlike other dads, Kilmeade is a co- television, viewers get news host of the FOX News Channel morning show, “FOX & Friends” from 6 in many cases seconds after it happens. Kilmeade notes to 9 a.m. “It’s perfect for a parent,” said Kilmeade. “The only thing I sacrifice what fuels the appetite for this onslaught of reporting. is sleep.” “It’s the analysis,” said Kilmeade grew up in an Italian and Irish family. His grandparents were born in Brooklyn in the early 1900s but settled in to Massapequa, Kilmeade. “You don’t want to wait until the six o’clock news Long Island, NY. “The whole neighborhood followed them,” said Kilmeade. “Half my to find out what happened. You want to be able to see things in neighbors were from Brooklyn.” During his youth, he was taught the family values about working longer form. I think the story hard, making time for your family, doing well in school, making eye lines are fascinating. Rarely are contact when you are speaking to someone, and most importantly, treating you done with a news story in a week or two. Look at what’s adults with respect. Aside from the family values, his Italian and Irish sides of his family coming out on Wall Street, that’s Brian Kilmeade not going away for a long time. were very different. “Fundamentally, it’s the same reason why you watch television, only “Irish and Italians are totally opposite,” said Kilmeade. “The Irish keep to themselves, (which is) somewhat of a mystery. The Irish side of this is the first reality show. Your reality show is what’s really happening my family would come over and not say a word. The Italian side would in the news.” Despite the quickness of the visual news medium, Kilmeade doesn’t just dominate. They were the ones who were outgoing, gregarious and fun to be around. They were very interested in what you were doing. The Irish see the end of the printed news. “I can’t imagine walking around and not finding a newspaper to buy,” side was interested, but just not as flagrant about it.” Although Kilmeade’s dad passed away when he was in ninth grade, his he said. Kilmeade has written two books, the New York Times bestseller, “The mother, Marie (D’Andrea) cared and supported him and his two brothers. “She always stuck up for us,” said Kilmeade, about his mother, who Games Do Count” as well as “It’s How You Play the Game”. He found is now in her seventies. “She was our biggest advocate. She took bad news interesting perspectives from those who played sports but did not excel. “I realized the important people that I talked to, who were athletes, worst than us. She was dedicated to me and my brothers.” Kilmeade went to Long Island University and had only moderate learned a ton from their experience in sports,” said Kilmeade. “So I started talking to people from success as an athlete. He soon discovered President Bush to John Kerry. In the first he liked being in front of people. He book, I had 73 of the most important people couldn’t sing or dance and didn’t want to around talk about what they did in sports and be an actor, but always like to talk. how it helped them in life.” “I had a real interest in the news,” Kilmeade describes how insignificant the he said. “I loved social studies, political final score or even winning a championship science and history.” was to them. They talked about things that Kilmeade got his first job with normally would have been forgotten since SportsPhone in New York. SportsPhone most of it happened when they were younger. was a 24-hour sports information line Even though some events were negative, the accessed by telephone. It began in the experience and learning aspect remains with 70s and also had offices in Detroit and them to this day. Chicago. It proved to be a great training “I wanted to prove that there is really ground for Kilmeade. Brian & President Bush on the White House lawn 8 AMICI / Winter 08/09

Mario Batali  

17th Edition

Mario Batali  

17th Edition

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