Megyn Kelly transitions from Fox News’ rising star to Fox News’ “brightest star” with a long profile in the Washington Post‘s style section today. Kelly, a “recovering perfectionist,” talks about how she relates to her audience, how Roger Ailes convinced her to be herself on the air, and how her upbringing influenced her career:
The real Megyn Kelly, the Megyn Kelly you can see every weeknight, grew up the youngest of three in a vanilla suburb of Albany. No, she says, politics were not discussed in the Kelly household; “The Jeffersons” or “The Golden Girls” were watched more than the nightly news. Her upbringing was “standard” until her father, an education professor who traveled often, died suddenly of a heart attack when she was 15.
“I think that event had the single greatest impact on who I am as a person,” she says. “I do think it made me keenly aware of my own mortality, and I think in many ways that has been a gift. It’s forced me to change my life when I’m unhappy. I don’t know I would’ve gotten out of my law job or my first marriage if I hadn’t been keenly aware of that.”