The arrival of 29-year-old Kate Bolduan as anchor of CNN’s morning show, New Day, rounds out Washington’s dominance of the TV wake-up crews. Yet despite being a George Washington University grad and married to Carlyle Group principal and Georgetown alum Michael D. Gershenson, Bolduan is one of the least “insider” Washingtonians on the morning-show circuit.
Many of her fellow am anchors still keep local ties. CBS This Morning anchor Norah O’Donnell divides her time between New York and Washington, where husband Geoff Tracy runs his Chef Geoff’s restaurant empire.
NBC Today host Savannah Guthrie, a lawyer who once worked for Akin Gump, is engaged to Mike Feldman, managing director of the local Glover Park Group consulting firm. MSNBC has Washington insiders on Morning Joe: ex-congressman Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, who as daughter of Jimmy Carter’s national-security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski, grew up in McLean.
Bill Clinton aide turned newscaster George Stephanopoulos occasionally returns here for assignments related to his gig on ABC’s Good Morning America and his Sunday job hosting This Week, now produced in New York, with the Washington studio used for guests and substitute hosts.
This article appears in the August 2013 issue of The Washingtonian.