Mika Emilie Leonia Brzezinski is an acclaimed political commentator, author and an incredible television host that America clearly adores.
Brzezinski co-hosts MSNBC’s weekday morning broadcast “Morning Joe”, which was her claim to fame, with her fiancé, former Republican representative Joe Scarborough. Additionally, Brzezinski serves as a visiting fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics, a part of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Brzezinski was born on May 2, 1967, in New York City, the daughter of Polish-born foreign policy expert and former National Security advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski and Swiss-born sculptor Emilie Anna Benešová. She had a multicultural upbringing which later was put to great use in her career in Journalism.
Brzezinski attended The Madeira School during her high school years. She graduated in 1989 from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where she majored in English, after transferring from Georgetown University as a junior. She was a prolific speaker and debater throughout her academic life. She was also an avid advocator of issues she deemed important enough. This later reflected when she refused to read out celebrity tabloid gossip over the political content of the shows that she hosted.
Since the program’s inception, Brzezinski has appeared as co-host and news reader on MSNBC’s morning program Morning Joe, alongside Joe Scarborough and Willie Geist. Her father was a frequent guest. She was destined for a star studded future as she began her journalism career as an assistant at ABC’s World News This Morning in 1990. A year later, she moved to Tribune-owned Fox affiliate WTIC-TV/WTIC-DT in Hartford, Connecticut.
In 1992, she joined CBS affiliate WFSB-TV/WFSB-DT in Hartford to become its weekday morning anchor in 1995. In 1997, she left that role to join the CBS News, where she served as a correspondent and as an anchor for the overnight Up to the Minute news program. She has written two books. Her first book was a memoir, All Things at Once, published by Weinstein Books in January 2010. In 2011, Brzezinski wrote the book Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You’re Worth.
In her last position at CBS News, Brzezinski served as a CBS News correspondent, substitute anchor, and segment anchor for breaking news segments and routine updates. During this period she became an occasional contributor to CBS Sunday Morning and “60 Minutes.” She returned to CBS News as a correspondent in September 2001, a move that thrust her into the limelight as a principal “Ground Zero” reporter for the September 11, 2001, attacks. Brzezinski was broadcasting live from the scene when the South Tower collapsed. This stands as testimony about how much courage this woman holds within her.
In December of 2015, Brzezinski officially split with her ex-husband. As many in their station know, secrecy can make public life easier. And days later, they are still somewhat uneasy about their decision to bring their relationship public for the first time. Between them, there are six children, several exes, executives, not to mention their little universe of politics, and their audience. She is a woman of substance who never feared to voice her opinions on national television. Till date, she continues to inspire aspiring journalists worldwide