Media Stars You’d Never Guess Came From Small Towns
1:15 pm, May 30th | by
As much as I love the grit and hustle of New York, there will always be a special place in my heart for small towns — and for people who were raised in such places and experienced much success upon relocating to intimidating large cities.
It’s even better to see them on TV, as they provide a sense of hope for folks outside NYC and DC who dream big and of eventually making a name for themselves. Here are some awesome television personalities who grew up in locations far removed from the media world and maintained their small town pride and charm all the while.
New York Times bestselling author and Fox News contributor, Katie Pavlich was raised in the mountains of northern Arizona. She told The Jane Dough of the experience, "I did grow up in Flagstaff, on a two-mile long dirt road and we even hauled our own water. It was awesome!"
The MSNBC anchor is from Fairport Harbor Ohio, which had a population of a little more than 3,200 in the year 2009.
Born in Arizona, Fox News's Monica Crowley was raised in Warren Township, New Jersey, which had a population of a little more than 15,000 in 2010.
The "Good Morning America" anchor is from Pass Christian, Mississippi.
The CNN reporter was born in St. James, New York, which had a 13,268 population in 2000.
The MSNBC anchor is from Luling, Texas, which had a population of 5,080 in 2000.
Fox News political analyst Kirsten Powers, whom we
interviewed last week, was raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. (portrait by Len Spoden Photography)
Martha MacCallum of Fox is from Wycoff, New Jersey, which has a little more than 16,000 residents.
Here is Fox's Gretchen Carlson with her pup, Bella. Carlson calls Anoka, Minnesota, population 17,389, home.
Former White House Press Secretary and current Fox commentator, Dana Perino was born in Evanston, Wyoming, which had a little more than 12,000 residents in 2010. During summers in her youth, she reportedly
awoke at dawn to herd cattle on her grandfather's 12,000-acre ranch.