Megyn Kelly left her longtime network Fox News for NBC News in 2017. Know why?
One of the outspoken
journalists, Megyn Kelly has lately been serving at the NBC News after her more than twelve-year-long
stint at the Fox News. Earlier a lawyer, Kelly’s
career picked up a pace during her time at Fox News.
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career story: from working as an attorney to early struggles in journalism to
Megyn Kelly was a lawyer earlier
Following completion of high
school from Bethlehem Central High School, Megyn Kelly graduated in political
science from Syracuse University and went to earn Juris Doctor from Albany Law
School in 1995.
Editing Albany Law Review while
at Albany Law School, she got to serve on a panel that reviewed sexual
harassment accusations against faculty members. Her journey as a
professional attorney began after she graduated J.D. and intended to become a
prosecutor in the office of district attorney but she was recruited as an
associate in Chicago-based law firm Bickel & Brewer LLP.
She co-wrote an article titled “The Conflicting
Roles of Lawyers as Director” for American Bar Association’s journal,
Litigation before moving to Jones Day, an international law firm, where she
spent nine years.
Megyn entered journalism industry, a year before switching to Fox News
2003, she headed to Washington, D.C. and quickly kickstarted her journalism
career taking a position of a general assignment reporter for an ABC affiliate
WJLA-TV. The 2004 presidential election, Justice Sandra O’Conner’s retirement
and the death of Chief Justice William Rehnquist are some of the major
incidents that she covered in her time at WJLA-TV.
a successful year with ABC affiliate, she tried for the Fox News in 2004.
Jonathan Klein, CNN president would later regret not signing Kelly to his
network as a reporter at her early days in journalism, as she was considered
“the one talent you’d want to have from somewhere else”.
her beginning days at Fox News, she contributed legal segments for network’s
political commentary Special Report with Brit Hume and began hosting her own legal
segment called Kelly’s Court. Beside her show, she
made weekly appearances on The O’Reilly Factor, guest panelist in Red
Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld and
occasionally in On The Record before hosting the show America
Live replaced The Live Desk which saw a
viewership of Kelly’s program increased by 20%, which averaged 1,293,000
viewers. Similarly, her show saw viewers in the age demographic of 25-54
increase by 4%. Fox News named Kelly as the co-host of the New
Year’s Eve special in December
2010 with Bill Hemmer. She also received a wide attention for covering 2012
United States presidential election 2012.
took a break from America Live in July 2013 for maternity leave.
However, motherhood would do nothing to slow down her progress as she returned
back in October 2013 as host of a new nightly show called The
Kelly File. On her show, she covered major news events like Boston Marathon
Bombing, Duke University lacrosse rape case and Sandy Hook elementary school
shooting. The show ended when she exited from Fox in January 2017.
Exit from Fox News for NBC News! What was the reason?
Certainly for Kelly herself, decision to leave
Fox News wasn’t easy. Thanks to the Fox Network to for providing her a better
In the last episode of Kelly File, she cited
that for herself, a mom three children aged, 7, 5 and 3 respectively, nighttime
schedule became a prime cause for her tough decision to leave her longtime
Was there any paychecks issues? Absolutely not,
the Fox News veteran was reportedly paid $6 million per year in 2013. Still,
her salary of $9 million per year made her one of the richest news anchors. Even
reports had it that, the network was prepared to offer her over $20 million in
the new contract. Now, she owns $15 million net worth.
Announcing that she was leaving for NBC, she
posted a status on Facebook page stating that she would be appearing in a new
daytime show through weekdays in the new network. She wrote “Now I have decided to end my time at FNC, incredibly enriched for the experience I had. I will greatly miss my colleagues at Fox, I am delighted to join NBC News family and take on my new challenge.”