Michelle Kosinski

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Michelle Kosinski (born October 29, 1976) is a White House correspondent for CNN .[1] She was a foreign correspondent for NBC News based in London from 2010–2014, before that she was a correspondent based in Atlanta from 2005–2009.[2]

She has covered such world events as the war in Afghanistan, terrorist plots in Europe, international court cases, and the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

In 2009, she won a national Emmy award for live reporting during NBC News' special coverage of the presidential election.

Kosinski began work in broadcast journalism in Rockford, Illinois for WIFR while earning her BA and MA from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Leaving WIFR, she moved to Charlotte, North Carolina at WSOC-TV and founded the Piedmont Bureau. In 2001, she was voted the Best Reporter in Charlotte by readers of the city’s arts and entertainment magazine. In Fall of 2001, she left WSOC-TV for WTVJ in Miami. She is a 2003 Suncoast Regional Emmy Awards Craft Winner for reporting on Haitian immigrants and was named Woman of the Year in 2005 by Women in Communications of South Florida.[3]

Kosinski became best known in 2005 for paddling a canoe in water less than two feet deep during an NBC Today Show report about flooding in New Jersey. Two men were seen walking in front of her canoe during the report. This prompted hosts Matt Lauer and Katie Couric to make fun of Kosinski on air. The humorous clip soon spread throughout the internet and was featured on shows such as The Daily Show. Kosinski blamed her producers for the gaffe. [1]

In 2005, Rolling Stone magazine named her "hot reporter" in its annual Hot List.

2010 saw Kosinski named foreign correspondent, moving from NBC's Southeast Bureau to London.[4]

In 2014, she moved networks to CNN. She will join Jim Acosta as White House Correspondent.[5][6]

NBC News[edit]

Kosinski first joined NBC News in 2005 as a correspondent based in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. In 2010 she became a foreign correspondent and moved London, United Kingdom. She was with NBC News for a total of nine years, five years in the United States and fours years in London. During her tenure as London correspondent she reported from all over Europe and Eastern Asia. She appeared on all platforms of NBC News including, NBC Nightly News, Today, Early Today, MSNBC and Dateline NBC.

Stories covered[edit]

At NBC News Kosinski covered many stories including:


In 2005, Kosinski made Rolling Stone's Hot List, as "hot reporter."[7][broken citation]

In August 2005, while covering the Natalee Holloway disappearance in Aruba, NBC arranged an interview with the director of Aruban prisons and a tour of suspect Joran van der Sloot's prison. During the tour, she ran into van der Sloot and conducted an off-camera interview. Prison director Fred Maduro appeared live on MSNBC and admitted that he offered her the tour. After Van der Sloot's attorneys called for a hearing on the matter, NBC declined to air the footage.[8]

In 2009, Kosinski purchased a $5.6 million, 12,000-square-foot (1,100 m2) home in Coral Gables, Florida.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Kosinski was born in Willingboro Township, New Jersey in the early 1970s[citation needed] and grew up in Cinnaminson Township, New Jersey, a quiet suburb of Philadelphia. She is one of four children of Jeanette, a chemist, and Robert, a retired biologist who worked for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

Michelle attended St. Charles Borromeo school, graduating with the top honors of her class, then was class valedictorian at Holy Cross High School. She was a cheerleader and trained in classical ballet,[citation needed] also exhibiting early proficiency in writing and the creative arts.[citation needed]

At Northwestern University, Michelle was accepted to the Accelerated Master's Program in journalism,[citation needed] attaining a Bachelor's and Master's degree at graduation.[citation needed] Originally in the magazine writing program, she later switched to the broadcasting division.[10] She performed on campus and in the community as a member of NUDE, the Northwestern University Dance Ensemble.[citation needed]

While working as a television news photographer and reporter in Charlotte, NC, Kosinski also performed with the award-winning Piedmont Players theater group,[citation needed] in roles such as Elvira in Blithe Spirit and Suzanne in Don't Dress for Dinner.[11]

As of 2011 she is living in London.[4]

In August 2013 Michelle announced she was engaged to 48 year old retired investment banker Kimbell Duncan.


For several years, Kosinski has served on the executive host committee for Amigos for Kids,[citation needed] a charitable organization based in Miami. Kosinski has volunteered for and supported numerous community organizations. She has sought out and highlighted innovative charitable work around the United States, as a regular contributor to Nightly News' "Making a Difference" series, which has in turn positively impacted those efforts.[12][13]


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