Bryant Gumbel, Suzanne Malveaux Find Their Roots

By Alissa Krinsky 

If you’re catching up on television while things are a bit quieter over the holidays, a recent episode of Finding Your Roots may hold appeal for our readers.

Episode six – titled “Black Like Me” – aired on PBS last month and looks at the family trees of HBO host Bryant Gumbel and CNN’er  Suzanne Malveaux, along with writer and producer Tonya Lewis-Lee.

Program host and professor Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. surprises Gumbel and Malveaux with what he discovers (as he usually does with his guests).  We won’t completely spoil the reveal of Dr. Gates’ findings, but suffice it to say that Gumbel is stunned when his roots – and the origin of his last name – are traced back to Germany, while Malveaux is told that her family tree – which includes French-Canadian branches – involves quite a twist right here in America.


Here’s the full episode: