Who is Carley Shimkus?
Born on November 7, 1986 in Long Valley, New Jersey, USA, Carley Noelle Shimkus is a broadcast journalist, best known for her work with Fox News on which she appears on programs such as “Fox & Friends”. She also works as a reporter for “Fox & Friends First” and is one of the co-hosts of “Fox Nation”.
The Wealth of Carley Shimkus
As of early 2020, Carley Shimkus’ net worth is estimated to be over $1 million, largely earned through a successful career at Fox News. She has landed lucrative contracts with her continued work online, and her fame has led her to other opportunities, including performing in local publications.
Early life and education
Carley’s mother worked as a flight attendant and met her father when he was a passenger on one of her flights. His ancestry is from Lithuania and he worked as a chemist, while her mother had Puerto Rican blood. She grew up next to an older sister, who leaned more towards art and would later become an art teacher. On the other hand, Carley wanted to be a model; she attended West Morris Central High School.
The school serves New Jersey’s Morris County and other nearby communities, with over 1,000 students attending regularly.
During high school, Carley reached the height necessary to work as a model, briefly trying out for a few gigs in the industry. However, she acknowledged after a few jobs that it wasn’t the career she envisioned, and abandoned that dream. After graduating from high school, she enrolled at Quinnipiac University and studied journalism. The private university offers several programs and also hosts the polling station, which collects polls annually.
Work with Fox
While completing college, Shimkus gained her first experience in broadcasting at Fox News’ DC bureau.
She enjoyed working there and that is why she applied after graduating in 2012. She arrived quickly accepted in the business and started working as a news producer. After working there for a few years, she was promoted and started working at the Fox Business Network as one of the associate producers.
She was mainly responsible for the content of the radio program “Imus in the Morning”, hosted by Don Imus. The show ran from the 1960s to 2018, but changed to different stations. The show was briefly canceled in 2007 after controversy with the host, but returned later in the year.
Fox Business Network was responsible for simulcasting the show from 2009 to 2015, but their deal was ended early due to disagreements. The show then moved to Cumulus Media, but after that company filed for bankruptcy, Don Imus decided to end the show, with his last broadcast held in early 2018.
Other Fox Programs
After her work with “Imus in the Morning”, Carley was assigned to become an on-air personality, first in “Fox & Friends”, where she landed the role of a headline reporter, and joined a cast with Brian Kilmeade, Ainsley Earhardt and Steve Doocy. The show is the network’s premier morning news program, created after the end of the “X-press” show.
It offers a combination of news, lifestyle segments, and entertainment features, with several recurring segments based on experts in a particular field, such as medicine.
With her work there, she also became part of a similar program called “Fox and friends first”, with the difference that this second program was broadcast in the early morning hours, intended for those who are just starting their day. It is a two hour program which then transitions into the three hour “Fox & Friends” morning show, but due to time slot, there are rarely guests unlike its counterpart.
She is usually seen as part of the segment called “Fox and Trends”, which discusses the trending news stories of the day, with other cast members including Tracee Carrasco and Janice Dean.
One of her Shimkus’ latest projects is the service called “Fox Nation”, on which she co-hosts with Rob Schmidt. “Fox Nation” is a streaming service that came into being as a spin-off of “Fox News” after discovering the growing audience within digital platforms and the Internet. The service is offered as an alternative to the Fox News Channel and offers a variety of programming.
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Like many digital services, it features a lot of content taken online, including video clips, news articles, blogs, and links. “Fox Nation” often features commentators from different directions within the American political sphere, and many of them take guest posts or make appearances within the agency.
“Fox Nation” is also a more interactive platform compared to television as viewers are encouraged to comment on the program as it is promoted as a place for debate, discussion and sharing. However, the show has faced a number of controversies, including sharing fake news reported by hoax websites.
On one occasion, “Fox Nation” reported on the article “The Onion” about former President Barack Obama sending a very long email about the current political situation in the country. Fox has also been accused of prejudiced reporting, and questionable actions by some of its staff.
Shimkus met Peter Buchignani on her 23rd birthday, and the two have been in a relationship ever since. They marry in 2015 and live in New Jersey, although her husband is often away due to work in Chicago, while she often spends time doing work in New York – she calls him her best friend. The two are huge American Football fans and support the college football team, the Michigan Wolverines, as self-proclaimed die-hard fans.