Megyn Kelly

Newscaster and television host

Affiliations

Bickel and Brewer LLP: Associate ~(1995 - 1997)

Jones Day: Corporate Litigator ~(1997 - 2003)

WJLA - TV: Newscaster (2003 - 2004)

Fox News: Newscaster, Host of The Kelly File, America Live (2004 - 2017)

NBC News: Newscaster, Host of Megan Kelly Today, Sunday Night With Megyn Kelly (2017 - 2018)

SOURCE: Weisman, Aly (“How Fox News Anchor Megyn Kelly Landed Her First TV Job After 10 Years As A Lawyer”, Business Insider)(June 12, 2014), Rutenberg, Jim (“The Megyn Kelly Moment”, The New York Times Magazine)(January 21, 2015), DNAinfo (“Megyn Kelley’s [sic] Life as a Lawyer in Chicago Before TV)(November 16, 2016), Rutenberg, Jim (“Megyn Kelly’s Jump to NBC From Fox News Will Test Her, and the Networks”, The New York Times)(January 3, 2017), Ellison, Sarah (“Megyn Kelly’s NBC morning show has ended”, The Washington Post)(October 26, 2018), Flood, Brian (“NBC demotes Megyn Kelly’s struggling Sunday night show to ‘periodic’ airings only”, Fox News)(March 6, 2017), Stelter, Brian (“New Role Puts Anchor in Fox News Spotlight”, The New York Times)(January 31, 2010)

Bio

Megyn Kelly is an accomplished newscaster and personality, having worked with both Fox News and NBC News. Kelly became a popular figure while working for Fox News when hosting The Kelly File. She gained considerable attention in the media when Donald Trump criticized her after a 2016 presidential debate that she moderated. In light of these comments, Kelly became an advocate for women’s rights, sparking a debate about sexual harassment and double standards within the workplace and media.  In 2017, Kelly left Fox News for NBC. Kelly’s morning show on NBC was cancelled in 2017 after a racist comment about blackface

SOURCE: Ellison, Sarah (“Megyn Kelly’s NBC morning show has ended”, The Washington Post)(October 26, 2018), King, Michael (“Trump disinvited from even after Megyn Kelly ‘blood’ comment”, USA Today)(August 8, 2015)

RECENT ACTIVITY

After her racist remark defending the use of blackface in Halloween costumes, Kelly’s morning show was cancelled on NBC, it seems unlikely however, that Fox News will take her back. It is uncertain what her next career move will be. In 2016, she published an autobiography entitled Settle For More, which discusses her career as a news personality. Furthermore, she maintains an active twitter account.

SOURCE: Deerwester, James (“Megyn Kelly will not return to NBC’s ‘Today’ show following blackface controversy”, USA Today)(October 26, 2018)

Islamophobia

In her role as a news host, Kelly has pushed narratives concerning the threat that Islam and Muslims pose to the United States and Europe.

“Joining me now, Soeren Kern, a distinguished senior fellow at the Gatestone Institute, which is an international policy group and think tank. Soeren is a dual German and U.S. Citizen who lives in Europe. Soeren thank you so much for being here. So I am hearing people today say things as dramatic as Europe is lost. Suggesting the culture there is being forced to conform to the refugees and large groups of Muslims who have no desire to assimilate. Your thoughts?”

SOURCE: The Kelly File accessed via Media Matters (January 7, 2016)

“What do you make of the Attorney General Loretta Lynch who comes out today, doesn't even call it a terrorism investigation. It took the FBI director sitting next to her to say that. At the same time, she's sending a message to Muslim groups last night, saying she will make sure that any hateful rhetoric against Muslims is looked into. I was like -- Oh, by the way, we do have the First Amendment, but I'm going to look into that.”

SOURCE: The Kelly File accessed via Media Matters (December 4, 2015)

“Has there been backlash against Muslims in the wake of Boston? And is this a time for the attorney general to be effectively scolding Americans, not to be bigoted and not be ignorant?”

SOURCE: America Live accessed via Munoz, Sergio (“Fox News Attacks Attorney General’s Praise of Anti-Defamation League Support for American Muslims”, Media Matters)(April 29, 2013)

Kelly has claimed that CAIR is affiliated with a terrorist organization.

“Was it a mistake to allow, to have a couple of Democrats show up with representatives of CAIR at the State of the Union tonight? CAIR is an unindicted co-conspirator in a terrorist trial. President Obama’s DOJ says they’re directly linked to Hamas, which we recognize is a terrorist group...There’s a lot of great Muslim-Americans that could go that are not affiliated with a group that’s been named as an unindicted co-conspirator in a terror trial.”

SOURCE: The Kelly File accessed via Media Matters (January 12, 2016)

After information surfaced about the alleged beheading suspect Alton Nolen in Oklahoma, The Kelly File held a guest under the pseudonym “Noor,” who spread false information about Islam and the suspect’s mosque.

SOURCE: The Kelly File accessed via Fox News Insider (“CHILLING: Man Who Attended Okla. Beheading Suspect’s Mosque Reveals Radical Teachings”)(October 1, 2014), Obeidallah, Dean (“Megyn Kelly’s Really Scary Muslim”, Daily Beast)(October 5, 2014)