Monday, January 23, 2012

Happy Birthday Norah (O'Donnell)!

Norah O'Donnell

Beautiful Lady

At work at MSNBC

Her 2nd Job

All Business

Cooking for Kids

With brother Larry

Still Beautiful

It is my great pleasure this morning to give a great big happy birthday shout out to one of my favorite television anchors, the lovely and Irish, Norah O'Donnell!
Norah was born at a very early age in the very city she would later work and report in, Washington D.C. She works there now for Jesus's sake! But somehow (no one knows) she wound up in San Antonio, Texas, where she graduated from Douglas MacArthur High School, named after Douglas MacArthur, who used to be a general in the Army. In 2007, Douglas MacArthur High School's varsity dance team, the Brahmadoras, won nationals in the kick category at NDA finals in Orlando, Florida.
I don't think Norah had anything to do with that though.
Norah is very smart and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, and a Masters Degree in International Affairs from Georgetown University, which is also in Washington D.C., and where the priest from "The Exorcist," worked.
Norah got her professional start as a writer for Roll Call, a D.C. newspaper, where she covered our dysfunctional Congress. She soon began working for NBC, which is a big time broadcast television station in the United States.
In 2001 she won the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Breaking News Coverage for the Dateline NBC story "DC In Crisis," which concerned the 9/11 attack, and aired that very night.
But before that, in June of that year, she got married to the successful restaurateur Geoff Tracy, who owns several restaurants, which is probably not surprising to many people when you think about it.
Norah continued her career with NBC as a commentator for the NBC News Today Show, Chief Washington Correspondent for MSNBC, and from September 2003 to May 2005, the White House correspondent for NBC News. She was also a contributing anchor for MSNBC Live, and a rotating news anchor on Weekend Today. I first became aware of her there as an everyday anchor on MSNBC, and her incredible laugh, which I find completely intoxicating. But I'm a sucker for things like that. Pretty ladies with incredible laughs.
I don't know why.
She's been on NBC Nightly News, The Today Show of course, hosted Hardball with Chris Matthews when Chris was off lollygagging somewhere, and Dateline NBC, as well as MSNBC. She also co-hosted the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade on WNBC beginning in 2007. You have to be Irish, like me, to do that. As a matter of fact in 2000 Norah was named to Irish American Magazine’s “Top 100 Irish Americans” list.
On May 20, 2007, she and Geoff (sounds like a foreign devil to me) became the parents of twins, whom they named Grace and Henry. Their third child, daughter Riley Norah Tracy, was born on July 5, 2008.
Her daughter's first name Riley, was suggested by Tim Russert, the anchor for "Meet The Press," when it was still a viable news program, and not a commercial for the Republican Party. Tim died just three weeks before Riley's birth.
That year Norah won an Emmy Award for NBC News' Election Night coverage in the 2008 General Election.
Two years ago she and her foreign devil husband published "Baby Love: Healthy, Easy, Delicious Meals for Your Baby and Toddler," a cookbook for parents with small human infants.
“I’m a better journalist and reporter and person because I’m a mom,” Norah says. “I’ve become less uptight on television. Many people have mentioned to me that I’m much better at my job because I’m less serious, I’m more fun. I’m not just focused on one thing, which was politics and the White House.”
This what she has said about sexual roles: “Men are never asked how they balance it all. That’s because women, at the end of the day, even if they have great, supportive husbands like I do, we’re responsible for making sure they get to their dentists’ appointments, their yearly checkups, and they get all their shots for school.”
Great, supportive husband huh?! Get the lead out Geoff! Help out with the kids once in a while, will you please. You had something to do with they're being here if you remember!
In June of last year, unfortunately for me, because I very rarely watch CBS, she moved to that network serving as their Chief White House Correspondent, which gets her right back where she began this wild ride called life, in Washington D.C.
She moved to CBS because there were just too many O'Donnell's at MSNBC (Norah, Lawrence, and Kelly). They couldn't keep track!
Well I can keep track by golly, and all of us here at Joyce's Take wish Norah and her wonderful family continued good health and success, and of course, a very happy birthday!
Happy birthday Norah!

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