American television personality, author, and broadcast journalist Gayle King, born on December 28, 1954, is widely known for her morning show on the C.B.S. network — “C.B.S. Mornings.” A popular face on daytime television, King is also known for her friendship with Oprah Winfrey and serves as editor-at-large for “O, The Oprah Magazine.” She is also an actress and producer with small appearances in several television shows and movies. She was named one of “Time” magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2019. Celebrate the birthday of this renowned personality with some insights and trivia on her life and career.
December 28, 1954
Well-known and well-regarded for her journalistic work as much as for her friend circle, American television personality Gayle King is one of the most influential celebrities of her time. Born on December 28, 1954, in Chevy Chase, Maryland, she is of African-American descent. She is the daughter of Scott King, an electronic engineer, and Peggy King, a homemaker. She is the oldest of four siblings and has three younger sisters. She spent several years of her childhood in Ankara, Turkey, where her father worked. When her family returned to the U.S., she enrolled at the University of Maryland, College Park, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. After graduating, King decided to pursue a career in media, and in 1976, began to work as a production assistant at W.J.Z.-T.V. in Baltimore. It was here that she met and befriended Oprah Winfrey, then an anchor for the station, and the two formed a lifelong friendship. Two years later, in 1978, King moved to Kansas City, Missouri, to work for W.D.A.F.-T.V. as a weekend anchor. In 1981, she moved again, this time to Hartford, Connecticut, working as a news anchor for W.F.S.B. The following year, she married Bill Bumpus, a local police officer.
While working for W.F.S.B., she began to venture into other career opportunities, the most notable of which was her work as a special correspondent for “The Oprah Winfrey Show” in 1986. In 1991, she co-hosted the N.B.C. daytime talk show, “Cover to Cover,” with Robin Wagner. In 1997, she was offered a syndicated talk show titled “The Gayle King Show.” Poor ratings, however, caused the show to be canceled after just one season. In 1999, she joined “O, The Oprah Magazine” as an editor. In 2006, she moved “The Gayle King Show” to radio and aired on X.M. Satellite Radio. This same show returned to T.V. in 2011 through the Oprah Winfrey Network. Later that year, C.B.S. offered her a morning television show alongside Charlie Rose which was called “C.B.S. This Morning,” and she was signed on to start in 2012. It was also in 2012 that she guested on the television show “30 Rock.” King reached a career milestone when she was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame in 2018 and “Time” magazine named her one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2019. Then, in 2020, she began to host a weekly call-in radio show called “Gayle King in the House” on SiriusXM, a satellite radio provider. In 2022, she renewed her contract with C.B.S. to appear as co-host on the morning show, which had been renamed “C.B.S. Mornings.”
King is an influential personality who has received several awards for her work. In 2010, she was given the Matrix Award by New York Women in Communications. She has been nominated thrice for the Emmy Awards with the team of “C.B.S. This Morning” and has also been recognized for her contributions to Variety Power of Women: New York. Her close friendship with Winfrey and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex has also grabbed many headlines. Nevertheless, the discussion of important issues in her shows makes her a popular figure among her fans who look forward to her new episodes.
Gayle King works as a production assistant at W.J.Z. T.V. after graduation.
She moves to Hartford, Connecticut to work as a news anchor for W.F.S.B.
While working for W.F.S.B., King also starts working as a special correspondent for “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”
Called “The Gayle King Show,” the radio show marks her venture into a new medium.
She is signed on as co-host of “C.B.S. This Morning” alongside Charlie Rose.
C.B.S. renews King’s contract, and her daytime show is renamed “C.B.S. Mornings.”
Why We Love Gayle King
She is dedicated to supporting those in need
Gayle King is known for her support of several charities and philanthropic causes. She actively contributes to the fight against H.I.V. and AIDS, children’s education and well-being, arts, and more.
She is a role model for women
King has risen through the ranks to become a successful celebrity in her own right. While making major gains in her career, she has also been a hands-on mother to her children and managed her commitments too.
She has never compromised on her integrity
Throughout her career, King has been known to maintain journalistic standards. She keeps her composure even during tough interviews and is known to never compromise on her integrity.
5 Surprising Facts
She loved giving unsolicited advice
The reason that Gayle King chose psychology in college was that she loved giving out unsolicited advice to people.
She is a double major
Alongside her first major in psychology, King added a second one — sociology.
She has used Weight Watchers
When she wants to get in shape, King makes use of the Weight Watchers program.
She is a fan of Bradley Cooper
King is known for supporting actors she likes, and one of her favorites is Bradley Cooper.
She sleeps fewer hours than most
King has confessed that she can get by with just four to five hours of sleep in a day.
Gayle King FAQs
Are Gayle King and Oprah Winfrey still friends?
Yes, King and Winfrey continue to remain friends to this day.
Does King have a child?
King shares two children with his former husband, William Bumpus.
Why did King’s marriage break down?
King divorced Bumpus due to the latter’s infidelity.
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