Anna Kooiman

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Anna Kooiman
Born(1984-02-07) February 7, 1984 (age 29)[1]
Charlotte, North Carolina
ResidenceNew York, New York
NationalityUnited States
EducationUniversity of North Carolina at Wilmington (2005)
OccupationReporter
Years active2004-Present
EmployerFox News Channel
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Website
Anna Kooiman bio at Fox News.com
 
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Anna Kooiman
Born(1984-02-07) February 7, 1984 (age 29)[1]
Charlotte, North Carolina
ResidenceNew York, New York
NationalityUnited States
EducationUniversity of North Carolina at Wilmington (2005)
OccupationReporter
Years active2004-Present
EmployerFox News Channel
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Website
Anna Kooiman bio at Fox News.com

Anna Kooiman serves as a general assignment news reporter for Fox News Channel (FNC) based in New York City. Kooiman joined the network in 2011 and is host on FNC's "FOX & Friends weekend."[2]

Biography[edit]

Early years[edit]

Kooiman grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina, where her parents still live and own businesses – Southeast Oasis Pool and the Peppermint Forest Christmas Shop. Of Dutch ancestry, she went to Myers Park High School (2001 Graduate), where she played softball, and also played with the SouthPark Youth Association.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Anna's early work in TV broadcast journalism began with her working as a sideline reporter for Fox Sports during her college years at UNC Wilmington in 2004. After graduation, Anna continued her work as a Reporter/Anchor/Video Journalist for WWAY in Wilmington, NC in 2005. January 2007 brought bigger changes in Anna's career as she moved to Toledo, Ohio and began working for the local NBC affiliate, WNWO, as Morning Anchor/Reporter. While there, Kooiman served as franchise reporter for a partnership with US Marshals that helped catch over 100 fugitives. [2]

Her career continued to show much promise as just 17 months after her move to Toledo, she again relocated to more familiar territory when, in May 2008, Anna moved back to Charlotte, North Carolina to work as an Anchor/Reporter/Host for "Fox News Rising," a four-hour news and entertainment morning show on the then-FOX affiliate WCCB (as of 2013, WCCB became a CW-affiliated network). While at WCCB-TV, she reported on local news stories, entertainment, weather, and traffic.[2] In December 2011, she moved yet again, this time to the nationally syndicated cable news network, Fox News Channel in New York City.[4]

Controversial remarks[edit]

On October 5, 2013, whilst covering the government shutdown which had led to the closing of veterans museum, Kooiman claimed on Fox & Friends that the Republican National Commission had offered to pay for the opening of the veterans museum whilst President Obama offered "to pay out of his own pocket for the museum of Muslim culture". The story seemed to have been sourced from a spoof news website (NationalReport.net).

Kooiman corrected the error a day later when she tweeted an apology stating "Just met w producers- I made a mistake yday after receiving flawed research abt a museum possibly closing. My apologies. Won't happen again".[5]

Kooiman made an on-air apology on 12 October, stating “Last weekend, we mentioned a story about the President funding a Muslim museum during the shutdown,” Kooiman said. “We made a bad mistake by reporting a story based on poor research that was not true. We apologize for not checking the facts, and for allowing the story to make air.”[6]

Personal[edit]

Anna ran varsity track while a student at UNCW and served as the philanthropy chair of her sorority, Alpha Delta Pi. Beginning in August 2008, Kooiman was a Fitness Instructor in Charlotte. She is AFAA and Turbo Kick Certified. She taught up to 10 classes each week… sometimes exceeding 100 people. She also served as a fitness instructor to kids in an inner-city after-school program. Anna said in an interview that her favorite book is "Rick Warren’s 'The Purpose Driven Life'. I have read it 4 or 5 times!" [7] [8]

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