American News Anchor Alex Witt
|Date of Birth||09-04-1961|
|Net Worth||$2 Million Dollars (approx.)|
|Height||1.62 m (approx.)|
|Birth Place||Paris, France|
|T.V. Show(s)||Weekends with Alex Witt, MSNBC Live|
|Alma Mater||University of Southern California|
Alex Witt is an American news anchor mostly known through the MSNBC network ever since she joined them in January of 1999. She is currently the host of two television programmes, the MSNBC Live, also titled The Place for Politics during election seasons, and the Morning Joe First Look – also on MSNBC of course.
Alexandra was born on April the ninth of 1961 in Pasadena, California and the full name that was given to her was Alexandra E. Witt. She grew up in Hancock Park, a medium class neighbourhood of Los Angeles. Her father, Dr. Charles B. Witt, M.D., is a noted thoracic surgeon in Los Angeles.
Alex attended the Marlborough School for Girls located in Los Angeles. Marlborough school, as the name partially suggests, is a college-preparatory secondary school for grades 7 through 12. Aside from Alex, the school has a surprisingly long list of other famous alumnae, including Dolly Green, Jacqueline Emerson, Joan Riddell Cook and last but not least, Lela Cole Kitson, the renowned author and columnist.
After graduating from the Marlborough School, Witt went to the University of Southern California where she majored in both journalism and international relations. And as it happened with her secondary school, the University of Southern California (USC) also has a long list of famous alumni. Some of the best-known ones are Petros Papadakis, the sportcaster, Millicent Borges Accardi, the achieved poet and writer and Katherine Schwarzenegger, the daughter of actor/politician and above The Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Alex started her career in television journalism as a field producer for the Today show that is filmed in Burbank, California. The first on air position she was given, was at the Salinas, California station of KCBA. Later she would also work for KCBS-TV, and KNBC-TV, and even KABC-TV. All of these television stations are located in areas that are adjacent to her home town of Los Angeles.
From 1990 until 1992 she held a position on air as a reporter for KCBA. From 1996 until 1998 she worked as a reporter for WNYW-TV. In 1999 she joined the ranks at MSNBC and has been there ever since. For the MSNBC Live show, Alex has been positioned as a weekends 12pm to 2pm anchor since 2014 while she serves as a main anchor of the Morning Joe First Look program, along with Betty Nguyen. Inside the channel the American news anchor has flourished, covering numerous successful stories on politics, breaking news and even feature stories.
Behind the Scenes with Alex
Alex is married to Bill Sorensen the television producer. Together they live in Bronxville and have a daughter named Caroline and a son named Charlie.
When Alex was 37 she joined a rock band that some of her friends were putting together. The group was made up of Alex Witt, Christie Moran, Pam DeJager, and Lisa Cibelli. They called their group Mrs. Robinson. When Alex was asked why she decided to join the band she said that she loved the fact that being in a rock band defied the stereotype of what the typical Bronxville mother was supposed to be doing. She further stated that it was an excellent release that allowed her to escape from the reality of work life and home life for a short period of time in a way that did not damage either of her other lives.
What’s more interesting than all the above, is the following trivia concerning Witt’s bloodline: she has stated on-air that she is a second cousin, seven generations removed to George Washington through Bailey Washington, a cousin and contemporary of President Washington. She is even a member of the National Society of Washington Family Descendants.
Lawsuit and Scandal
According to a lawsuit filed by a friend of Alex Witts in 2009, Alex had allegedly been in financial straits during December of 2009 because her contract was up for renewal and her husband was currently not working. Alex was reported to have borrowed $65,000 from her friend Mrs. Jones. The loan allegedly had terms for Alex to repay the full amount plus a 7.5 interest rate. Alex reportedly agreed to repay the loan at a rate of $500 per month but made only to $1,375. At the time the lawsuit was filed Mrs. Jones alleges that Alex had failed to make the instalments as agreed and yet she was spending money lavishly on new cars and expensive vacations. Specifically, is was said that she was seen on a trip to Barcelona and even bought a Porsche 911, but still did not have enough cash to pay back Stephanie Jones.
Ms Jones claimed: ‘It didn't occur to me there would be a problem loaning her money. She's paid me back in the past. It's just a very sad thing’.
Alex is reported to have responded to Mrs. Jones accusations by saying that her husband had briefly returned to work and that was when she got the Porsche, but since her husband is again without employment she has had to get rid of the car. The two women exchanged a series of emails, where Witt explained thoroughly to Ms Jones the kind of strained living conditions that she had to endure. A specific email that was sent in February, a few months after the loan was given read that Alex could not afford buying new clothes for herself ‘in a business where looking the part is everything’. In the email she specifically wrote: "I could cite example after example of strained living, beginning with not affording new clothes for myself -- this is for a woman who works on TV, and whose professional existence depends on keeping up appearances." In another email she said ‘Your money went to the housing debacle with the move,’ adding that it also paid for Caroline’s trip to Scotland.
When called to comment upon the lawsuit Witt supposedly answered: “Now I feel sick. Because the last thing I want is to have this hanging over our heads like Damocles sword”. Despite the lawsuit scandal that unarguably created a lot of fuss and contradiction around Alex Witt’s name, she remains a successful professional in her respective field and a well-known and respected public figure.
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