Tamron Hall: biography
Tamron Hall is an American TV host and journalist who became the first African American woman that hosted The Today Show. Tamron has been working for WFLD-TV (1997 – 2007), NBC (2007 – 2017) and now she is working with Disney–ABC Television Group. She was born in Texas, at the present moment she lives in New York City.
Childhood and youth
Tamron Hall was born in Texas in 1970. Her parents are Mary Newton and Clarence Newton Sr. Actually, Clarence is her step-dad, who she really loves. She once said in the interview:
“I was born to a different father, but God brought in my stepfather who should be my dad.”
Clarence had spent a big part of his life in the military, and he is the one who taught Tamron to be disciplined and countenanced her will to become a journalist.
Tamron also had an older sister, Renate, who passed away in the 2004 year. She was found beaten to death in the small pool at her house after a line of abusive relationships. That affected Hall’s family really hard. This terrible murder became the main reason why Tamron started her activity in fighting against domestic abuse.
Hall went to school at her home town, Luling, and then she went to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to study at University.
Journalism and TV career
Tamron studied at Temple University and got the bachelor degree in Broadcast Journalism here. Her career started in 1997 at the WFLD-TV, a channel in Chicago owned by Fox. She worked as a host of Fox News in the Morning and as a reporter.
After that, in 2007 she joined the national news network MSNBC and NBC News, where she worked for the next ten years. She first achieved her reputation as a replacement for Keith Olbermann on the “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” program.
In 2008 Tamron hold a successful interview with Barack Obama right before the formal declaration about him running for President. Next year, Hall was a co-host (together with David Shuster) of The Big Picture (2009 – 2010). In 2010 there was weekday talk-news program launched, NewsNation with Tamron Hall. It included high-profile interviews, global and entertainment news.
In September 2013 a program Deadline: Crime With Tamron Hall started on the TV network, Investigation Discovery. Each episode consisted of two crimes, and Tamron with her team investigated these cases, uncovered its details. Hall has dedicated this series to her sister who was murdered in 2004 and whose case remained unsolved.
In 2014 Tamron became a co-host of The Today Show together with Natalie Morales, Al Roker, and Willie Geist. Hall was the first African American female that co-anchored this program. When she was signing this contract, she was wearing Lena Home’s jacket which was bought at her estate liquidation. Lena, who was civil and political rights activist, has always been an enormous inspiration for Tamron.
Leaving NBC and MSNBC in the 2017 year because of losing her 9 a.m. time slot to another host, Tamron announced that there would be a daytime talk show with her as a host. NBC offered Hall the bigger salary, but she decided to leave anyway. She signed the contract about her new job with Disney–ABC Domestic Television, and the premiere will be on September 9, 2019. The goal of Tamron’s talk show is to bring her vision of various things to others; she plans to discuss every significant and actual topic in her program. Hall's show will be broadcasted, at least, on eight stations: WABC New York, KABC Los Angeles, WLS Chicago, WPVI Philadelphia, KGO San Francisco, KTRK Houston, WTVD Raleigh-Durham, N. C. and KFSN Fresno, Calif. The executive producer of the show is Bill Geddie, who had a lot of experience in the television industry. Now all Hall’s admirers are waiting for the premiere of Tamron’s show.
Hall is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists. Besides, she has appeared in some major publications and media outlets such as Ebony Magazine, Forbes, Uptown Magazine, Huffington Post, AOL Black Voices, Women’s Health, Marie Claire and others.
Speaking about money, Hall earns around $1 million per year, and her net worth is $5 million for the 2019 year.
Tamron really keeps her personal side of life in secret. However, there were rumors about Hall dating her college, MSNBC news reporter, Lawrence O’Donnell. There was no confirmation from the couple, but supposedly, they have dated since 2011. In 2017 Tamron said something about boyfriend named Tony, but it is still unclear whether she was joking. Also that year, she had an interview with Adam Richman, the host of Man Finds Food show. After that meeting, he posted a mysterious message on his Instagram where he said “Re-united, and it feels so good", which fans didn't know how to understand.
On 26th February 2019, Tamron suddenly announced that she was happily married to Steven Greener, film producer and that they were waiting for a kid. It was rather shocking to see Hall’s 32-week belly bump on her video. Fans didn’t know at all about Hall having a husband or children; the couple has been married in secret the whole time, and the details of the wedding are still unknown. Tamron announced this happy news through the social network, on Instagram and Facebook. On her photos, we can also see a massive wedding ring.
By the way, Tamron definitely has a sense of humor which she shares on her social pages. For instance, here is her funny post on Facebook in 2015:
Playboy Magazine will no longer publish nude photos, so who are they hoping will buy it now?
Generally, Tamron is an active media person; she has more than 500k followers on Instagram and Facebook and around 400k on Twitter.
In 2004 there was a disaster for Hall’s family: her sister, Renate, was found in her house dead due to domestic violence. The murderer has never been brought to justice; there was not enough evidence. In the interview at the Television Critics Association, Tamron shared her feelings. She described the horrible day of Renate’s death, the signals of abuse that she had noticed sometimes. Hall also blames herself for her sister’s death, because she didn’t do anything to help.
By Today's "Shine A Light" campaign, Tamron battles against home abuse. This campaign supports people with issues of homelessness, hunger, and violence. Hall really wants to establish the public service announcement for schools and other foundations for spreading perception of abusive (both emotionally and physically) relationships among the teenagers. She helps Day One New York, Inc., and for the present moment, they have more than $40 Thousand.
Awards and nominations
Tamron’s first nomination was an Emmy for her consumer report at WFLD-TV named The Bottom Line (1999). Then, in NBC, her special news The Inauguration of Barack Obama got an Emmy nomination in the 2010 year. Besides, that year, she got the Lew Klein Alumni in the Media award from Temple University and an Emmy for Education Nation: Teacher Town Hall the next year. In 2016 she receiver the Edward R. Murrow Award for the report connected to domestic abuse.