When Megyn Kelly was starting out in television, a prominent TV newswoman told her, “You’re going to need to choose: you can either have a family or you can be a major anchor.”

Ms. Kelly – now a Fox News anchor…  decided to ignore her. “It was terrible advice,” she said….

Ms. Kelly, 41, is part of a new generation of TV anchors… who have juggled their careers and family life full-throttle in front of millions of viewers in a way that Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer notably did not. Rather than hide their pregnancies, they flaunt them; rather than cover up their off-hours role as mothers, they turn it into part of their on-air persona.

In the 1960s, when Ms. Walters was on the Today show, she had several miscarriages, returning quietly to work within days in each case. Her adoption of a baby girl went unannounced, and in keeping with the times, she took no time off.

“There was no having it all,” Ms. Walters said in an interview with Jane Pauley in 2003. “I never thought about it. I didn’t think, ‘Can I juggle both?’ I probably should have.”

~ New York Times, “For anchorwomen, family is part of the job,” December 9

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