Who is David Gregory?

David Michael Gregory was born in Los Angeles, California USA, on 24 August 1970 – his zodiac sign is Virgo, and he holds American nationality. He’s a journalist who’s probably known best for being the former host of the morning talk-show “Meet the Press”, which aired on Sundays on NBC News.

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Early life and education

David was raised in Los Angeles by his father Don Gregory who was a film and theatre producer, and his mother Carolyn (nee Fitzpatrick) who was an account manager; David’s parents are Jewish. Because he hasn’t spoken of having any siblings, most of his fans believe him to be an only child.

He became interested in journalism while attending Birmingham High School, and he wrote articles for the school newspaper, as well as sending many to a local newspaper, some of which were published. David spent the majority of his spare time outdoors during those four years, playing sports with his friends and exploring his neighborhood.

Upon matriculating in 1988, he moved to Washington D.C. to attend American University’s School of International Service, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in international studies in 1992. During his time there, David worked for the campus TV station American University Television (ATV).

Career as a journalist

He launched his career aged 18, when he worked temporarily for the TV station KGUN in Tucson, Arizona as their summer reporter, while he spent the following a couple of years working at NBC-affiliated TV station KCRA.

He started working for NBC not long after graduation, and in 2000 covered George W. Bush’s run for president; Bush was fond of David and threw a party for his 30th birthday, nicknaming him ‘Stretch’ because of his height. Bush was elected president, and David then became NBC’s White House correspondent; he was named ‘Best White House Correspondent” by the Media Research Center in 2001. David quit the job in December 2008, when he was offered a position at Meet the Press.

Between 2003 and 2014, he was a substitute co-anchor on the morning news and talk-show “Weekend Today”, and between 2005 and 2014, David was a substitute anchor on the news and talk show “Today”; during those same nine years, he filled in for hosts of “NBC Nightly News” and “Weekend Nightly News”.

He became a fill-in host for Don Imus on his MSNBC show “Imus in the Morning”, following the controversy involving the basketball team of Rutgers University involving accusations of racism and sexism; David also guest hosted the MSNBC morning show “Gregory Live”.

Starting on 14 December 2008, David became the moderator of the weekly American TV news and interview show “Meet the Press”, a job which he then held for the following six years.

He wasn’t very successful at running the show, and in 2014, the show’s ratings were the lowest in over two decades; NBC had hired a psychologist to establish how David had connected to the audience, and he was then paid $4 million by NBC to leave the network. David was replaced by Chuck Todd.

What is he doing today?

Since October 2016, David has been working as a political analyst for CNN.

Controversy

On 23 December 2012, David displayed a magazine for ammunition with 30 bullets in his show “Meet the Press”, even though the Metropolitan Police Department had denied a request to do so.

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A spokesperson for the Washington D.C. police revealed on 8 January 2013 that an investigation had been completed, and that they were waiting to see if David would be prosecuted; attorney general Irvin B. Nathan announced on 11 January that David did indeed violate the law, but that neither he nor NBC would be prosecuted.

On 23 June 2013, David interviewed American journalist and author Glenn Greenwald, and asked him a question in which he assumed that Glenn had helped the American former computer intelligence consultant Edward Joseph Snowden leak classified National Security Agency (NSA) information to media. The interview became a story itself, and was covered by various networks, but it was eventually determined that Gregory was simply repeating previously aired comments.

Love life and wife

David has been married to American lawyer Beth Ann Wilkinson since June 2000, and she’s perhaps as popular as he is. Beth’s a founding partner of the specialty litigation and trial law company Wilkinson Walsh + Eskovitz, while she was previously a partner at the law company Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. She’s probably known best for having successfully argued for the execution of Timothy McVeigh, an American domestic terrorist who killed 168 people in Oklahoma City in 1995, and was executed with a lethal injection on 11 June 2001.

David and Beth have three children together, Ava, Jed and Max, however, they are keeping them away from the media’s attention, wanting their children to be able to lead normal lives.

As of April 2022, David’s married to Beth Ann Wilkinson, and they have three children together.

Hobbies and other interests

David’s career has taken him all around the world, while he’s also vacationed in various European and Asian countries; his dream travel destination seems to be Rome, Italy.

He was physically highly active during his 20s and 30s, and worked out at the gym multiple times every week, which he still does now and then, and spends some of his spare time playing golf and tennis with his friends.

He loves to go yachting, which is just one of the reasons why summer is his favorite season; David also enjoys sun tanning at the beach, and playing beach volleyball.

He’s passionate about fishing, and some of the fish which he’s caught can be seen featured in his Instagram pictures.

David enjoys watching movies late at night – his favorite actor is Robert De Niro, while a couple of his favorite films include “The Sleepers”, the trilogy “The Godfather”, and “Taxi Driver”.

Age, height and net worth

David’s age is 51. He has short grey and brown eyes, his height is 6ft 5ins (1.95m) and he weighs around 190lbs (85kgs).

As of April 2022, his net worth has been estimated at over $12 million.

Author

Benjy is currently a reporter for BiographyPedia based in Adelaide, Australia. Prior to joining BiographyPedia in July 2019, he was a Bizarre TV reporter and theatre critic at TheSun. Benjy has also written for DailyMail and TMZ. Benjy studied journalism at Goldsmiths University of London, graduating in 2009. You can contact him at [email protected]

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