Who is Carley Shimkus?
Carley Noelle Shimkus was born on 7 November 1986, in Long Valley, New Jersey, USA, and is a broadcast journalist, best known for her work with Fox News on which she appears in programs such as “Fox & Friends”. She also works as a reporter for “Fox & Friends First” and is one of the co-hosts of “Fox Nation”.
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The Riches of Carley Shimkus
As of early-2020, Carley Shimkus’ net worth is estimated to be over $1 million, earned largely through a successful career in Fox News. She’s gained lucrative contracts with her continued work online, and her fame has led her to other opportunities including featuring in local publications.
Early Life and Education
Carley’s mother worked as a flight attendant and met her father while he was a passenger on one of her flights. His ancestry hails from Lithuania, and he worked as a chemist, while her mother had Puerto Rican blood. She grew up alongside an older sister, who leaned more towards the arts and would later become an art teacher. On the other hand Carley wanted to become a model; she attended West Morris Central High School.
The school serves Morris County in New Jersey as well as other nearby communities, with over 1,000 students in regular attendance.
During high school, Carley attained the height required to work as a model, and briefly tried for a few gigs in the industry. However, she recognized after a few jobs that it wasn’t the career she envisioned it to be, and moved away from that dream. After matriculating from high school, she then enrolled at Quinnipiac University and took up a degree in broadcast journalism. The private university offers various programs, and is also the host of the polling institute, which gathers surveys annually.
Work with Fox
While completing her degree, Shimkus got her first experience working in broadcasting with the DC bureau of Fox News.
She enjoyed her time working there, and so applied for a job after she graduated in 2012. She was quickly accepted into the company, and began working as a news producer. After a few years working there, she was then promoted and began working in the Fox Business Network as one of its associate producers.
She was mainly responsible for content for the radio show called “Imus in the Morning” hosted by Don Imus. The show ran from the 1960s up to 2018, though it changed to various stations. The show was briefly canceled in 2007 following controversy with the host, but returned later in the year.
Fox Business Network was responsible for simulcasting the show from 2009 to 2015, but their deal was prematurely terminated due to disagreements. The show then moved to Cumulus Media, but after that company filed for bankruptcy, Don Imus decided to end the show, with its final broadcast held early in 2018.
Other Fox Programs
After her work with “Imus in the Morning”, Carley was assigned to become an on-air personality, first in “Fox & Friends” where she was given the role of headline reporter, joining a cast that included Brian Kilmeade, Ainsley Earhardt and Steve Doocy. The show is the main morning news program of the network, which was created following the end of the show “X-press”.
It features a combination of news, lifestyle segments and entertainment features, with several recurring segments based on experts of a certain field like medicine.
With her work there, she also became a part of a similar program called “Fox & Friends First”, with the difference being that this second program aired during the early morning hours, intended for those just starting their day it’s a two-hour program which then leads into the three hour “Fox & Friends” morning show, but due to its early timeslot, it rarely features any guests unlike its counterpart.
She is usually seen as a part of the segment called “Fox and Trends”, which discusses the trending news stories of the day, with other cast members including Tracee Carrasco and Janice Dean.
One of her Shimkus’ latest projects is the service called “Fox Nation”, on which she is a co-host alongside Rob Schmidt. “Fox Nation” is a streaming service that was created as a spin-off from “Fox News” after the discovery of the increasing audience within digital platforms and the internet. The service is provided as an alternative to the Fox News Channel, and features a variety of programs.
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Like many digital services, it heavily features content taken online, including video clips, news articles, blogs, and links. “Fox Nation” often features commentators from various alignments within the US political sphere, with many of them taking guest posts or appearances within the service.
“Fox Nation” is also a more interactive platform compared to television, as viewers are encouraged to comment on the program, as it’s being promoted as a place for debate, discussion, and sharing. The show has been through a few controversies though, including sharing fake news reported by hoax websites.
On one occasion, “Fox Nation” reported on “The Onion” article about former President Barack Obama sending a very long email about the current political situation in the country. Fox has also been accused of biased reporting, and questionable actions by some of its personnel.
Shimkus met Peter Buchignani during her 23rd birthday celebration, and the two have been in a relationship since. They wed in 2015 and reside in New Jersey, though her husband is frequently away due to work in Chicago, while she often spends time with work in New York – she calls him her best friend. The two are very big American Football fans, and support the college football team, the Michigan Wolverines, being self-proclaimed die-hard fans.