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Alexandra E. Witt is an American television news journalist based in New York City. She currently hosts Weekends with Alex Witt on MSNBC, after previously hosting MSNBC Live and Morning Joe First Look. Witt joined the network in January 1999. She was born on April 9, 1961, in Pasadena, California, and grew up in Hancock Park, a middle-class neighborhood in Los Angeles. Her father, Dr. Charles B. Witt, M.D., is a thoracic surgeon who practices in Los Angeles. She is a second cousin, seven generations removed, of George Washington through Bailey Washington, a cousin and contemporary of the former president. She is also a member of the National Society of Washington Family Descendants.
Alex attended the Marlborough School for Girls located in Los Angeles. The school is a college-preparatory secondary school for grades 7 through 12. Aside from Alex, the school has a long list of other famous alumni, including Dolly Green, Jacqueline Emerson, Joan Riddell Cook, and Lela Cole Kitson, the renowned author and columnist. After graduating from the Marlborough School, Witt attended the University of Southern California, where she majored in journalism and international relations.
Alex is married to television producer Bill Sorensen. They live together in Bronxville and have a daughter named Caroline and a son named Charlie.
Alex Witt began her career in television journalism by working as a field producer for "The Today Show." Her first on-air position was at the Salinas, California, station of KCBA. She later worked for KCBS-TV, KNBC-TV, and KABC-TV.
From 1990 to 1992, Witt held a position as an air reporter for KCBA. From 1996 to 1998, she worked as a reporter for WNYW-TV. In 1999, she joined MSNBC and has been there ever since. For the "MSNBC Live" show, Alex has been a weekend anchor since 2014. She also serves as the main anchor for the "Morning Joe First Look" program, alongside Betty Nguyen. She has flourished working for MSNBC and has covered numerous political, breaking news, and feature stories. In the wake of the September 11 terror attacks on the United States, Alex Witt broadcast from the World Trade Center. She continued to follow the war on terrorism in the Middle East and has done features on the War in Iraq. Alex is passionate about equality for women in the workplace, education, and gun control. She also worked as a consultant on Aaron Sorkin's HBO series "The Newsroom" final season.
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 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 in a way that did not damage either of her other lives.
According to a lawsuit filed by a friend of Alex Witt's in 2009, Alex had allegedly been in financial struggles during December of that year due to her contract being up for renewal and her husband not working. It was reported that Alex had borrowed $65,000 from her friend, Mrs. Jones, with 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 had only managed to repay $1,375. When the lawsuit was filed, Mrs. Jones alleged that Alex had failed to make the installments as agreed, yet she was spending lavishly on new cars and expensive vacations, such as a trip to Barcelona and a Porsche 911. 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 was 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 was again without employment, she had to get rid of the car. The two women exchanged a series of emails, in which Witt explained thoroughly to Ms. Jones the kind of strained living conditions that she had to endure. A specific email sent in February, a few months after the loan was given, read that Alex could not even afford to buy new clothes for herself, as "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 on the lawsuit, Witt supposedly answered, "Now I feel sick, as the last thing I want is for this to hang over our heads like the sword of Damocles." The case was believed to have been settled out of court.
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