Mika Brzezinski is a popular name in American journalism as he has been working in this field for over two decades, especially with MSNBC and CBS. She comes from a family with a rich political history. Brzezinski’s career took a huge leap after she became a Ground Zero reporter for CBS during the coverage of the September 11, 2001 attacks. In recent years, she has appeared alongside Joe Scarborough as the host of MSNBC’s morning news show Morning Joe Joe.
Mika Brzezinski Biography
Mika Emilie Leonia Brzezinski was born on 2 May 1967 in New York City. Her father, Zbigniew Brzezinski of Polish descent, was a famous political figure who served as a foreign policy expert and as national security advisor to President Jimmy Carter. He worked with a total of three Democratic presidents, including Lyndon B. Johnson and John F. Kennedy. Zbigniew Brzezinski died in May 2017.
Mika’s mother, a sculptor, Emilie Anna Benešová, was born in Sweden and has Czech roots. She was known for her gigantic woodwork. When Mika was born of her parents, her father Zbig, whom Mika and her two brothers called Chief, taught at Columbia University.
As a child, young Mika occasionally accompanied her father to White House events. One cannot help but speculate that these trips influenced Mika’s passion for journalism.
Her two brothers Mark and Ian were also influenced by their father’s political activities. While Mark worked in the government of George W. Bush and served as the nation’s ambassador to Sweden from 2011 to 2015, Ian served as a military expert in the Obama administration.
Mika received her BA in English from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts in 1989. She immediately began her journalistic career as an assistant at ABC World News This Morning. Over the next 7 years, Mika worked fast forward, working in Hartford, Connecticut for Fox subsidiary WTIC-TV and CBS subsidiary WFSB-TV. At the latter, she became a weekday morning anchor in 1995.
In 1997, Mika became a correspondent for CBS News, where she also hosted the night news show “Up to the Minute”. In between CBS, Mika worked briefly at MSNBC as co-host of the afternoon show HomePage, which is broadcast during the week.
The big break in her career came when she returned to CBS News to serve as the lead “ground zero” reporter for the 9/11 attacks. For years she continued to work at CBS News as a segment anchor, correspondent, and replacement anchor for programs such as 60 Minutes and CBS Sunday Morning.
Her tenure at CBS ended with a layoff, after which she returned to MSNBC, where she occasionally hosted Weekend Today. Shortly before she was about to renew her contract to continue the show, in early 2007 MSNBC employee Joe Scarborough offered her the role of co-host on his show Morning Joe, which was created to replace a similar morning news talk show. She accepted the offer and joined him and Willie Geist as co-host.
Unusually for journalists, Mika had her fair share of controversy, from an intentional refusal to read news about Hollywood celebrities to a Twitter brawl with Donald Trump, who called her “crazy Mika with a low IQ.
Husband and Relationship With Joe Scarborough
Mika Brzezinski was married to investigative reporter Jim Hoffer from 1993 to 2016. Together they had two daughters, Carlie and Emilie. While Mika was still married to Hoffer, rumors began to circulate that she was having an affair with her Morning Joe co-host Joe Scarborough, but both denied it.
So when news of her divorce came out in 2016, the rumors could not have seemed truer. Her undeniable chemistry onset has led to her romance being called the worst-kept secret on TV.
Her divorce was completely shrouded in secrecy, with the details hidden from the media. However, it was revealed as amicable and friendly. In June 2016, Page Six reported that Mike and Hoffer had reached an agreement.
About a year later, in May 2017, it was reported that Mika and Joe Scarborough were engaged to be married. Not many people were surprised. In a statement to Vanity Fair, Mika said she could no longer hide her feelings. “Over the past year and a half, I realized that I had to face these feelings and that it was time to stop pigeonholing them,” she said.
While their marriage to Joe would be their second, Joe had already been married twice. First to Melanie Hinton from 1986 to 1999 and to Susan Waren from 2001 to 2013, with the former he had two sons and with the latter a daughter and a son.