Linda Vester is a U.S journalist, news anchor, and TV host who has worked for the big names in the TV industry and has hosted a couple of news programs including Dayside with Linda Vester on the Fox News Channel and NBC News at Sunrise on the NBC network. Vester is also renowned for producing an award-winning video documentary on the genocide that occurred in Rwanda.
She is the founder and CEO of a website named smartmamas.com, aimed at educating young and aspiring mothers on how to manage their homes and professional careers while raising their children at the same time without any of three sufferings. She herself had to resign from her television career in 2005, to cater for and raise her kids.
Linda Vester’s Biography
Vester was born in Ohio Cincinnati on the 11th of June 1965 as Linda Joan Vester to parents John and Dorothy Vester. Her father who is late now was a medical doctor. She has four siblings. Linda discovered her love for journalism during her senior year at the Ursuline Academy high school in Ohio.
By the time high school was over, she knew she wanted to pursue a career in journalism and had issues with making up her mind about the college to attend but with the help and guidance of her father, she began at Sorbonne in France, where she obtained a diploma in 1965. After that, she headed to the Boston University where she bagged a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987.
Thanks to a Fulbright Scholarship, Vester also bagged a degree in Arabic and Middle East Affairs from the American University in Cairo, Egypt and thanks to her studies in France and Egypt, she speaks both French and Arabic fluently.
She kicked off her career in 1985 as an intern at CBS News Paris Bureau and then at Boston Bureau between 1986 and 1987. Her first appearance on air was as a general news reporter at KHGI-TV, Kearney, Nebraska. After her studies in Cairo Egypt, NBC took her to train as a foreign correspondent. While in NBC, she also began training as a researcher and field producer and was temporarily placed in an affiliate program by NBC to continue her training with the provision that she might be called upon for a bigger task when needed.
The bigger task came during the Gulf war when Iraq invaded Kuwait, Vester was Called upon to report from WFLA-TV – an NBC affiliate station based in Saudi Arabia. Doing this, her ability to speak Arabic and her background knowledge in middle east affairs paid off. After the gulf war, she remained at WFLA-TV until 1992, before she was posted to the network’s Washington affiliate, WRC-TV. During her time at the station, she covered news from both the White House, Pentagon, and State Department, she also reported the humanitarian disaster from Somalia, among others.
In 1993, Linda Vester became a full-time correspondent at NBC, reporting their Weekend Today program as well as carrying out other assignments which included reporting a coup d’etat from Haiti and covering other foreign affairs. In 1999, her long-term relationship with NBC News came to an end after she was hired by Fox News channel as a news anchor. She started as a host in Fox afternoon newscast and was also responsible for the live coverage of the 9/11 attack at the World Trade Center back in 2011. Among other hgh profile interviews, she hosted an interview with OJ Simpson.
In 2002, she started hosting a live show entitled Dayside with Linda Vester, which she continued anchoring until 2005 when she resigned to cater for and raise her kids. Right now, she is involved in a couple of philanthropic activities and other things like running a website and blog aimed at educating young and aspiring mothers on how to manage their homes, professional careers and children. Linda Vester is also popular for producing an award-winning video documentary on the genocide that occurred in Rwanda.
Vester has been married to Glenn H. Greenberg since 2001. Greenberg is a Wall Street investor born on January 22, 1947, to baseball Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg and wife Caral Gimbel, who happens to be the daughter of Bernard Gimbel – owner of the renowned Gimbel’s department store family.
Greenberg is a graduate of English from the prestigious Yale University and holds a master’s degree in literature from New York University and an MBA from Columbia University.
Together the couple has four children. Vester is also a stepmom to Glenn’s three grown-up kids from his previous marriage.
Affairs And Sexual Harassment Accusation
In 2018, Linda Vester accused her former colleague at NBC News and one of America’s most famous News Anchor, Tom Brokaw of sexually harassing her on two different occasions in the early 1990s; Brokaw denied Vester’s allegations claiming that whatever happened between him and the former News anchor in the past was “cordial and appropriate” and that he never went beyond the professional boundary of making any romantic gestures towards Linda.