Born on September 20, 1976, Ainsley Hayden Earnhardt is an American TV correspondent for the Fox News channel. She is currently a co host on “FOX and Friends First,” a program presented on weekdays at 5 AM Eastern Time The program is an interactive news presentation where viewers and special guests are also allowed to contribute. It is a one hour long extension of “Fox & Friends”, which is anchored by a pair of rotating hosts. Earnhardt also works as a reporter for “Fox’s Hanity” and has her own segment dubbed “Ainsley across America.” Since joining the news channel, Earnhardt has also been a panelist on “The Live Desk”
Ainsley Earhardt Background
Ainsley Earnhardt was born to Mr and Mrs Lewie Wayne Earnhardt. She has a brother,Trenton Graham Earnhardt and a sister, Elise Giles Earnhardt. Ainsley grew up in south Carolina and graduated from Spring Valley High School in Columbia, south Carolina in 1995. She then went on to attend Florida State University on a leadership and academic scholarship, majoring in biological sciences. While a student at the university, she served as a senator in the student government. After deciding to pursue a career in journalism, Earnhardt transfered to the University of South Carolina where she graduated as the top student in her program with a bachelors degree in journalism.
Ainsley Earhardt Career
Earnhardt was hired by WLTX-New 19, South Carolina’s local CBS TV station soon after graduating. She worked as the noon and morning news anchor at the station from 200 to 2004. while at WLTX-News 19, she was voted by viewers for the “Best Personality of the year” award in the Columbia Metropolitan Magazine. One of her most notable acts while at WLTX-News 19 was when she travel with middle class students from South Carolina to cover them donate close to half a million dollars to firefighters in New York City in the wake of the September 11 terrorist attacks. The money was used to buy a new fire truck to replace the one destroyed during the attack. She later lived and worked in north Carolina, Florida and Massachusetts.
In 2007 Earnhardt joined the Fox News Channel where she worked as an anchor at KENS-TV in Texas. She has also anchored “Eyewitness News This Morning” which runs from 5 am to 7:30 am and KENS 5 “Eyewitness News at Noon.”
Since being hired, fox have tried to put the attractive blond on camera as much as possible, besides providing live news cuts during the day, she also appears on her own segment in “Hanity in America” and was added to the rotating line up of the “Fox & Friends” show which she occasionally co hosts with Dave Briggs.
Awards and recognition
In 2007, Ainsley Earnhardt was awarded the Young Alumni Award by the University of South Carolina and was named the ‘Outstanding Young Alumna by the university’s school of journalism. While working at WLTX-News 19, Earnhardt was also voted Columbia metropolitan magazine “best personality of the year.”
Ainsley Earhardt Marriage
Earnhardt married fellow University of South Carolina graduate, Kevin McKinney shortly after arriving in San Antonio in 2005. McKinney is a medical supplies salesman. The marriage ended in divorce in 2009 when Earnhardt came back from a vacation without her wedding ring. She is currently married to Will proctor, a retired Pro football player whom she wed on October 13 2012.
Earnhardt had a dubious mention by Jay leno after a clip of her “fox and friends” co host Dave Briggs ogling at her backside was aired. A similar incident also reportedly took place during Barrack Obama 2008 presidential campaign. The reporter, who has a thing for short skirts while on air, also attracted lots of attention after a 2010 interview with financial expert Uri Man that looked more like a first date than an interview.
Depending on whom you ask, Earnhardt is either an entertainer or a journalist because the Fox and Friends First host has certainty learned how to meld the two. During the course of her career so far, the gorgeous blond has performed a number of camera pleasing stunts such as skydiving with the United States Army’s Golden Knights and flying in an F-16 with United States Air force Thunder Birds. She also participated in the Austin half marathon in Texas, successfully completing the course.