5 Megyn Kelly Facts You Might Not Have Known, Like She's Not Actually A Republican
On Monday, Megyn Kelly will return to her day job on Fox News after a much-needed vacation. The cable news channel asserts that Kelly's vacation was planned long before her debate-inspired feud with Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, but the timing probably couldn't have been better. Now that she's back, here's to hoping we can all focus more on her hard-hitting journalism and less on whether or not Trump likes her. In honor of her return, here are five things to know about Kelly — because, after all, she's so much more than that feud.
Kelly grew up in Delmar, New York, a suburb of Albany. Now, she lives in New York City with her husband, Douglas Brunt, a writer, and their three children. Currently, Kelly anchors Fox News' The Kelly File, which airs Monday through Friday. On the show, she focuses on breaking news and investigative stories, and she's known for her interviews with controversial or newsworthy figures. In June, she sat down with members of the Duggar family, including sisters Jessa Seewald and Jill Dillard, following the news of Josh Duggar's molestation scandal. She has worked for Fox News since 2004 — but she hasn't always been a journalist.
1. She Has A Law Degree
Kelly got her B.A. in political science from Syracuse University and her J.D. from Albany Law School. She previously practiced law at two different law firms before leaving the field for a career in journalism.
2. She Isn't Republican
Fox News may be known for its conservative bias, but Kelly maintains that she is more moderate. She identifies as an Independent with some conservative leanings.
3. She Has A Highly Popular Show
According to Fox News, Kelly's weeknight program is the second most popular show in cable news. Typically, Bill O'Reilly's show, The O'Reilly Factor, draws the largest cable news viewership. In June and July, though, The Kelly File's viewership surged, reaching more than 450,000 people and surpassing The O'Reilly Factor.
4. She Used To Be A Cheerleader
Once upon a time, Kelly was a member of her local Pop Warner cheer team. She also played the clarinet from fifth to ninth grade.
5. She's Influential
Maybe this one is obvious, but it's also official. In 2014, she was named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People. For her accomplishments, TIME dubbed her "an authoritative force in cable news."
She might not have gone on vacation to spite Trump, but either way, it's good to have her back. Hopefully, Kelly will get back to asking the tough questions this election season in no time.