KOKOnista Of The Day: Gayle King Is Oprah’s Famed Bestie And Talk Show Extraordinaire

Gayle King is an American television personality, author and broadcast journalist for CBS News, co-hosting its flagship morning program, CBS Mornings, and before that it’s predecessor CBS This Morning. She is also an editor-at-large for O, The Oprah Magazine.

Gayle King

King was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2019.

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King was born in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and from age six to eleven she lived in Ankara, Turkey, before eventually returning with her family to the United States. She graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a degree in psychology.

King’s career began as a production assistant at WJZ-TV in Baltimore, where she met Oprah Winfrey, an anchor for the station at the time. King later trained as a reporter at WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C. After working at WJZ, she moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where she was a weekend anchor and general-assignment reporter at WDAF-TV In 1981, she was hired as a news anchor for WFSB in Hartford, Connecticut, where she worked for 18 years. Part of that time, she lived in Glastonbury, Connecticut.

King worked as a special correspondent for The Oprah Winfrey Show. In 1991, King briefly co-hosted an NBC daytime talk show with Robin Wagner called Cover to Cover, which was canceled after 13 weeks. In 1997, she was offered her own syndicated talk show, The Gayle King Show, which was canceled after one season due to low ratings. In September 2006, King began to host The Gayle King Show on XM Satellite Radio.

On January 3, 2011, King began hosting a new show, also called The Gayle King Show, on OWN. The Gayle King Show ended on November 17, 2011, as a result of King going to CBS to co-anchor CBS This Morning alongside Charlie Rose and a series of third co-anchors including for a time Norah O’Donnell. The show succeeded in the ratings. King and Rose were noted as having good on-air chemistry. The two became friends as well even as Rose exited from CBS due to the sexual misconduct allegations against him.

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