From general correspondent to senior political correspondent for CNN, Brianna Keilar has made a name for herself in the news industry. Although she has held an enviable position in her career, it has not always been a quiet run for her. The beautiful newswoman has weathered several storms, both professionally and privately. Apart from pulling out all the stops to report the latest news even in risky situations, she has suffered the loss of a loved one, as well as a divorce. In all these difficult times, Kielar has never allowed anything to interfere with what is fundamental to her: family and career. Learn more about her in this interesting article.
Brianna Keilar Career Dynamics
Keilar has come a long way in her career amidst family crises since she started as a production assistant somewhere in San Francisco in 2001 as an intern. She studied at Viejo High School, graduated in 1998, and earned a double Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Psychology from the University of California in 2001.
Determined to establish herself in the journalism business, she dedicated her time to learning the business from scratch. She also completed an internship at KTVU-TV, a subsidiary of CNN and Fox. From then on, she must have cherished the dream of one day working for the 24-hour news channel CNN as one of the leading ladies in news reporting. She is currently a senior political correspondent and anchor for CNN in the Washington DC office.
Before joining KTVU, she had her first on-air job as a general reporter at KIMA-TV, a CBS subsidiary based in Yakima, Washington, in 2001. Keilar also worked for the radio station KFFM as co-host of Billy, Blue, and Brianna: The Morning Zoo. Shortly before her CNN appearance, she worked as a presenter, reporter, and producer at CBS News for MTVU, the college channel of MTVU.
Also, she served as a substitute host for the CBS News nightly news show, Up to the Minute, and as a freelance reporter for the CBS Evening News Weekend Edition. When she joined CNN in 2006, she had acquired so many skills and led the coverage of many important stories.
Rise to the CNN Senior Position
Keilar has not always served as a senior political correspondent for CNN; she has worked her way up from a congressional correspondent to a senior White House correspondent.
She joined the huge news network in Washington in 2006 as a national correspondent for CNN Newsource. She then served as a general affairs correspondent covering a wide range of issues, including the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007. Kielar was reportedly the first CNN reporter to arrive on the scene.
As a Congressional correspondent, Kielar reported on the activities of both the U.S. House and Senate, including the $700 billion allocated for the bank bailout in 2008. She received the 2009 Everett McKinley Dirksen Award from the National Press Foundation for outstanding coverage of Congress. In 2011, Brianna Kielar was appointed White House correspondent reporting on the Obama administration. She received the Aldo Beckman Memorial Award for her coverage of the Obamacare launch in 2014.
CNN appointed her to the new role of senior political correspondent in February 2014 to oversee major political stories and breaking news in Washington. Brianna Kielar led the coverage of Hillary Clinton and the Democrats during the 2016 presidential election, and in November 2018 she co-hosted CNN’s 1:00 pm, CNN Right Now with Brianna Keilar. The news program was created to replace the political analysis program, The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, for which Kielar served as a temporary host.
Challenges and Personal Woes
As she progressed in her career and gradually climbed to the top, Kielar suffered the dissolution of her first marriage only two years after she had tied the knot. From 2009 to 2011 she was married to a film producer named Dave French. As if that weren’t enough, 2016 heralded a separate version of the pain for the beautiful newswoman. This year was quite eventful for Brianna Kielar; grueling campaign coverage, devastating personal loss, and more.
Kielar was hit by a deep personal loss in 2016; her mother Mariam unfortunately died. She learned that her mother had fallen ill only 24 hours before her death. By chance, this happened while she was in Kentucky for the state primary. Her mother suffered and died of acute leukemia on May 17, 2016.
On a positive note, she celebrated several celebrations in the same year. On July 4, she got engaged to Fernando Lujan, a director on the National Security Council at the White House, four years after their first meeting at a “happy hour after work”. The duo tied the knot two days before an art gallery in Las Vegas rang in 2017. Kielar and Lujan welcomed their first child, a boy named Antonio Allen Martinez Lujan, in June 2018.
In all the dramas that have taken place in her life, Brianna Keilar has braved every storm that came her way and has continued to make enormous progress in her career. In 2019, the spouse began writing a column for the military entitled Home Front.