Brianna Keilar’s job doesn’t allow her to suffer fools, and that’s a very good thing for all of us.
CNN’s senior political correspondent unflinchingly covered the historic 2016 presidential election, earning kudos from Politico as one of the year’s breakout media stars and Time magazine for producing one of the “10 TV Moments That Mattered” in the election (more on that later).
In October, Keilar, a California native, aired an emotionally rich video for CNN, describing the unexpected loss of her mother during the campaign (Miriam Keilar, a 61-year-old school teacher, often offered gentle critiques of her daughter’s on-air performances by text: “Can you say yes instead of yeah when Wolf [Blitzer] asks you a question?”). The piece further endeared the reporter to her viewers.
Also in 2016, Keilar began anchoring an edition of CNN Newsroom, and she capped the year by getting married to Fernando Lujan, who works at the White House’s National Security Council.
Her viral moment came last August when she asked Donald Trump’s attorney, Michael Cohen, why his client’s campaign was struggling at that moment.
“Says who?” Cohen challenged.
“Polls,” she answered. “Most of them. All of them.”
Five seconds of awkward silence ensued before a desperate Cohen asked again, “Says who?”
“Polls,” she replied. “I just told you.”
You’d have to give Keilar’s mom some credit for that exchange. “My mom was very no-nonsense,” Keilar says. “There’s a lot of nonsense in politics, and she imparted to me a low tolerance for it.”
Husband Fernando, The Crown on Netflix, Tribe by Sebastian Junger, dry needling for muscle knots, balayage
Culottes, airplane seats that don’t recline, online trolling, decaf coffee
Brianna Keilar portrait shot on location at The Watergate Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Originally published in the March issue of Modern Luxury Orange County
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