Linda Vester Biography – Linda Vester Wiki
Linda Vester is an American former television news host. She was the anchor of NBC News at Sunrise on NBC and Dayside with Linda Vester on the Fox News Channel. She quit television in 2005 to raise her children. Later, she was the producer of an award-winning documentary and most recently founded a website for mothers.
She started her journalism career while she was an intern for CBS News’s Paris Bureau in 1985 and Boston bureau from 1986 to 1987. In 1987, her first on-air position as a general news reporter was at KHGI-TV in Kearney, Nebraska. After pausing to pursue her Fulbright Scholarship in Egypt, she was hired by NBC News to be groomed as a foreign correspondent. Her training at NBC started in 1989 as a researcher and field producer in New York. In early 1990, NBC News management sent her to affiliate WFLA-TV to continue her on-air training, with the provision that they could call on her to report for the network when needed.
NBC exercised that provision when Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, which led to Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. Because of her Arabic language ability and background in Middle East Affairs, NBC temporarily pulled her from WFLA-TV to report from Saudi Arabia for its affiliate stations. When the Gulf War ended, she went back to WFLA-TV until 1992, when she was dispatched to NBC’s Washington affiliate, WRC-TV, in a shared agreement during which she reported for the affiliate on weekdays and for the network on weekends. During that period she covered the White House, Pentagon, and State Department as well as the humanitarian disaster from Somalia.
In mid-1993, she got a promotion to full-time network correspondent, reporting for NBC’s Weekend Today program. Assignments included reporting from Haiti during a coup d’étatt. In early 1994, she was posted to NBC’s London bureau, covering foreign affairs for all of the network’s newscasts. Among her assignments was the Rwandan genocide, about which she later produced the award-winning 2005 documentary “Back Home”, directed by Rwandan refugee J.B. Rutagarama. In 1996, she was reassigned back to the United States, reporting from NBC’s Chicago bureau. A year later, she was promoted to anchor of NBC News at Sunrise and moved to New York. During this time she also anchored afternoon news coverage on MSNBC.
She was hired by Fox News Channel in 1999 to host its afternoon newscasts. She anchored part of the channel’s live coverage during 9/11 and hosted an exclusive interview with O.J. Simpson. In 2003, Fox News Channel debuted a news program with a live audience, Dayside with Linda Vester. She continued in this position until July 2005, while pregnant with her second child. Then-CEO Roger Ailes agreed to release her from her contract to be a stay-at-home mom.
She graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987. She received an honors diploma from the Sorbonne in France after attending for one semester in 1985. In 1998 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study Arabic and Middle East Affairs at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. She learned to speak both French and Arabic fluently.
She also serves as a trustee for the Institute of International Education, which administers the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship. She is a trustee for Summer Steps, an early-childhood education program in New York that prepares low-income preschoolers for kindergarten. With her husband, they have endowed a psychiatry chair at Yale Medical School for the study of PTSD. They were inspired to do so after she experienced PTSD in the Gulf War and Rwanda. They are avid supporters of the Warrior-Scholar Project, an academic boot camp that helps Iraq and Afghanistan veterans complete their college education after combat. They also are involved with the Posse Foundation, currently financially supporting the college education of a group of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. To add to that, she has endowed a college scholarship for girls at her former high school, Ursuline Academy, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Linda Vester Age
She was born on June 11, 1965, in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States.
Linda Vester Husband
She got married to her husband Glenn H. Greenberg in 2001. He is an investor and son of baseball Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg and Caral Gimbel. Together they have four children in addition to her husband’s three grown children from his previous marriage.
Linda Vester Parents
She is the daughter of the late Joan Vester Schoettinger and the late Dr. John Vester of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Linda Vester Children
With her husband, they have four children in addition to Greenberg’s three grown children from his prior marriage.