Gayle King born on December 28, 1954, was to Scott and Peggy King. She spent several years as a child in Ankara, Turkey, where her father was stationed; he later became an electrical engineer and King enjoyed a comfortable, middle-class upbringing in Maryland. She is the well-regarded best friend of one of the most popular and financially successful personalities in television history. The Connecticut newscaster has been close pals with Oprah Winfrey since their humble beginnings at a Baltimore television station, and Winfrey often recounts “Gayle” anecdotes to her viewing audience, which numbers in the millions daily. Gayle also Editor at Large of O, The Oprah Magazine.
In contrast to Winfrey, King has led a far more sedate life as a news anchor at a Hartford CBS affiliate since the early 1980s, and is a divorced mother of two. In 1997, she hosted her own half-hour nationally syndicated talk show that enjoyed a year-long run. King, the envy of many, has occasionally found herself on the receiving end of Winfrey’s well-publicized generosity. As she told Jim Calio in a 1998 Redbook interview, “Who wouldn’t want to be her best friend?”
Gayle King a co-host of “CBS This Morning.” An experienced television journalist, King interviews top newsmakers and delivers original reporting to “CBS This Morning” and all CBS News broadcasts and platforms. She is also editor-at-large of the award-winning O, the Oprah Magazine.
“CBS This Morning”, CBS’ most successful morning news broadcast in more than three decades. Since joining CBS News in 2011, King has conducted revealing and news-making interviews with world leaders, political figures and celebrities. Recently, King sat down with Michelle Obama and her mother, Marian Robinson, in their first TV interview together and King co-anchored CBS News coverage of the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Other interviews include former President Barack Obama; former House Speaker Paul Ryan; Tina Turner; Cher; Taylor Swift; Cicely Tyson; Dave Chappelle; Amy Schumer; Elizabeth Smart; Ivanka Trump; Dylan Farrow; Elon Musk; Starbuck’s executive chairman Howard Schultz and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
King has handled a number of high-profile assignments, including leading “CBS This Morning”‘s on-the-ground coverage from the Texas border to report on the administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy. She co-anchored live broadcasts from Orlando following the mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub, The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C. prior to the museum’s opening, as well as broadcasts from Cleveland and Philadelphia for the 2016 Republican and Democratic Conventions.
King also contributed to CBS News’ Election Night coverage in 2014, 2016 and 2018. She also reported from Newtown, Conn. in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012 and co-anchored CBS News’ special coverage of several breaking news stories, including the Paris terrorist attacks, the San Bernardino shootings, and the Supreme Court’s landmark decision to legalize same-sex marriage.
King previously hosted “The Gayle King Show,” a live, weekday television interview program on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. The program, which featured a discussion of a broad variety of topics that included politics and cultural developments, was also broadcast on XM Satellite Radio, where it premiered in 2006.
Before that, King worked for 18 years as a television news anchor for CBS affiliate WFSB-TV in Hartford, Conn., during which period, she also hosted her own syndicated daytime program. Prior to joining WFSB, King worked at several other television stations, including WDAF-TV in Kansas City, Mo., WJZ-TV in Baltimore, Md., and WTOP-TV in Washington, D.C.
King has received numerous awards for her extensive work as a journalist, including three Emmys. She was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame in 2018. In 2017 she was a Variety Power of Women honoree and in 2010 honored with both the Individual Achievement Award for Host-Entertainment/Information and the New York Women in Communications’ Matrix Award recipient. She was honored with an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award as part of CBS News’ division-wide coverage of the Newtown tragedy. King was honored in 2008 with the American Women in Radio & Television Gracie Award for Outstanding Radio Talk Show.
King spent several years of her childhood in Ankara, Turkey, before returning with her family to the United States. She graduated from the University of Maryland in with a degree in psychology.
The mother of a daughter, Kirby, and a son, Will, she currently resides in New York City.
- Gayle King Biography and Profile (CBS)