Kiran Chetry

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Kiran Chetry
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Kiran Chetry at the Fandomonium Panel in June 2010
BornKiran Carrie Chetry
(1974-08-26) August 26, 1974 (age 40)
Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal
EthnicityNepalese father;
Ukrainian, German, Dutch mother
EducationUniversity of Maryland, College Park
OccupationUnemployed
Years active1995–2012
Spouse(s)formerly Chris Knowles - separated
ChildrenMaya Rose Knowles (b. February 8, 2006)
Christopher Chetry Knowles (b. April 17, 2008)
 
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Kiran Chetry
Kiran Chetry.jpg
Kiran Chetry at the Fandomonium Panel in June 2010
BornKiran Carrie Chetry
(1974-08-26) August 26, 1974 (age 40)
Kathmandu, Bagmati, Nepal
EthnicityNepalese father;
Ukrainian, German, Dutch mother
EducationUniversity of Maryland, College Park
OccupationUnemployed
Years active1995–2012
Spouse(s)formerly Chris Knowles - separated
ChildrenMaya Rose Knowles (b. February 8, 2006)
Christopher Chetry Knowles (b. April 17, 2008)

Kiran Carrie Chetry (Nepali: किरण क्षेत्री, born August 26, 1974) is a Nepali-born former American television broadcast journalist anchor who, until 2011, was a cable news anchor for CNN's early morning program. From 2001 to 2007 she reported – and then anchored – cable news at Fox News. She is currently working as a co-anchor with Errol Barnett for CNN International.


Early life and education[edit]

Kiran (Sanskrit: किरण, kiraņ) means "ray of light".[1]

Kiran was born in Patan Hospital (Shanta Bhawan), Kathmandu, Nepal. Seven months later her parents moved their new family to the United States. Her surname, Chetry, (Nepali: छेत्री, Chhetrĩ) refers to the large traditional caste of rulers and soldiers among Hindus in the Middle Hills of Nepal. Kiran's father Hom Chetry belongs to this caste and uses it as his surname. Kiran's mother Nancy is of Ukrainian, Dutch and German ancestry.[2] Her parents met while Nancy was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal. Kiran grew up in Gaithersburg, Maryland and attended Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland, where she served in student government, danced on the pom squad,[3] and competed on the swim team.[4] Upon graduation she enrolled at the University of Maryland, College Park's College of Journalism, where she joined the Alpha Pi chapter of Delta Delta Delta sorority[5] and received her Bachelor of Arts in broadcast journalism.

Career[edit]

Chetry began her career in 1995 at News 21 in Rockville, Maryland. The next year she moved to WICU-TV in Erie, Pennsylvania, where she was the main anchor and health reporter. (She met her future husband Chris Knowles there who was the prime time news anchor.) She received the Best Enterprise Reporting award from the Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcasters Association in 1997 for her series "Young and Hooked," which looked at teen smoking. In 1999 Chetry went from WICU-TV to KXTV in Sacramento, California to work as a morning anchor and reporter until joining Fox News Channel.[6]

In 2001 Chetry joined the cable news network Fox News Channel as a general reporter, first appearing on March 8, 2001, in a story about eating ice cream. The next year Chetry was honored with the Making our Mark (MOM) Award from the Association of Nepalis in the Americas.[7] During her time at Fox News, she worked as a rotating anchor for Fox News Live and the early morning news program Fox & Friends First. In late 2005, she became a regular co-host on the network's weekend morning news program, Fox & Friends Weekend.

Departure from FNC[edit]

In early 2007, as Chetry's contract with Fox News neared the end of its term, the network negotiated with Chetry's agent to renew her contract. Her contract was expected to be renewed with her continuing to co-host Fox & Friends Weekend. However, talks ended when Fox News claimed in a February 15, 2007, letter to Chetry's agent, that Chetry had demanded "that Fox News include a clause in her new agreement that would have been detrimental to other Fox News Talent." The cable news network added that it would not renew her contract and that she was free to leave before the expiration of her contract:[8] Chetry exercised that option. Allegedly, Chetry wanted a clause in her contract that would have had Gretchen Carlson, a co-anchor of Fox & Friends, fired.[9][10] Chetry's agent countered that the allegation of Chetry's wanting Carlson fired was "absolutely false".[11] Another source said that the clause in question merely requested a written clarification of whether Chetry would become a "Fox & Friends" co-host and, if so, when. If that were not to happen by a certain date, then Chetry would have a window to exit her new contract.[12]

American Morning co-anchor[edit]

Reportedly, CNN signed Chetry within an hour of her release from the Fox News Channel. After the deal had been inked, Chetry stated, "CNN is the gold standard when it comes to journalism, and I am thrilled to be part of the team."[13] On February 16, 2007, Chetry began work as a CNN anchor and correspondent. That very day she served as a co-host on American Morning in the morning, and anchored Anderson Cooper 360 that evening. She went on to substitute as an anchor for Paula Zahn Now and CNN Newsroom.[6]

On April 4, 2007, CNN's President Jonathan Klein officially announced Chetry as the new co-anchor. Her first American Morning broadcast was on April 16, 2007, the same day as the Virginia Tech Massacre. Initially, Chetry co-hosted from New York whereas John Roberts did so from Washington: eventually both generally co-anchored from CNN's New York bureau. John Roberts later left CNN to become an Atlanta-based correspondent for FOX News Channel. In addition to her American Morning duties, Chetry co-hosted with Roberts two CNN prime-time previews of the 2007 YouTube Democratic debate and the 01/07/08 CNN Election Center analysis of the post Michigan-primary presidential race. Moreover, she served as the iParty correspondent on CNN's 2008 New Year's Eve Live with Anderson Cooper.

Kiran's last day on American Morning and at CNN was July 29, 2011.[14]

Although Chetry announced she would be pursuing something special as a followup to her CNN career, she has yet to appear in any substantial role and remains unemployed since her contract expiry with CNN in 2012.

Sex symbol[edit]

In 2006 Kiran made Maxim magazine's top ten list of TV's Sexiest News Anchors, placing third on the list: Kiran was ranked as America's sexiest female anchor and the world's second sexiest female anchor.[15]

On September 24, 2007, on American Morning, CNN's medical correspondent, Elizabeth Cohen, used Kiran's photo to illustrate a study on the biological reasons that people gaze longer at attractive individuals: the segment on an American Morning was entitled, "Who's Hot to You? Why You Can't Look Away." A mere month later, Kiran was featured in Esquire's "Women We Love: The Newsgirls."[16] As to the attention to her physical beauty, Kiran stated, "It's not my primary focus." She added, "It's nice, it's a compliment, [and] sometimes, it's a little out of control."[17]

Personal life[edit]

Chetry is currently married, but separated, from Chris Knowles, a former Fox News Channel and erstwhile New York City WPIX-TV weekend weatherman.[18] On February 8, 2006, Chetry gave birth to their 6 lb. 10oz. daughter, Maya Rose. (Chetry has included her in special segments on Fox & Friends and American Morning.) On October 24, 2007, Chetry announced that she and Knowles were expecting their second child in an exclusive interview published by People magazine:[19] Kiran gave birth to their first son, Christopher Chetry Knowles, on April 17, 2008 at 10:45pm weighing 7 pounds. Chetry separated from Knowles following her departure from CNN.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Monier Monier-Williams (first published 1899; revised edition not dated). A Sanskrit-English Dictionary (revised by E. Leumann, C. Cappeller, et al. ed.). Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass. p. 283. Retrieved 2011-08-09.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ Nepal Monitor: "Q&A: Kiran Chetry: On Career Transition, Nepal and Journalism" July 2007
  3. ^ "Kiran Chetry, Google, and a reminder that photos live forever". CNN. 
  4. ^ http://www.health.com/health/article/0,23414,1613801,00.html
  5. ^ Distinguished Deltas
  6. ^ a b "CNN TV - Anchors/Reporters:Kiran Chetry". 
  7. ^ http://www.anaonline.org/membership/kiran.php
  8. ^ Fox News letter to Kiran Chetry, MediaBistro, February 15, 2007
  9. ^ Chetry wanted colleague Gretchen Carlson fired, MediaBistro, February 16, 2007
  10. ^ Chetry plays hardball with Fox (and loses), NY Post, February 17, 2007
  11. ^ Fox News anchor out in contract drama. Hollywood Reporter, February 17, 2007
  12. ^ Tug of War Between TV News Rivals NY Times, February 19, 2007
  13. ^ Official Press Release of Chetry's Hire at CNN, CNN, February 16, 2007
  14. ^ The Huffington Post (2011-07-14). "Kiran Chetry Leaves CNN: 'American Morning' Host Out At End Of July". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2011-08-01. 
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  17. ^ Kirthana Ramisetti, "Kiran Chetry: A Ray of Light in Morning News," East West Magazine, June 15, 2007, p.44
  18. ^ http://www.mediabistro.com/fishbowlny/wpix-axes-weekend-weathercaster-chris-knowles_b18114
  19. ^ CNN's Kiran Chetry Is Expecting a Baby - Babies : People.com

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