Martha MacCallum, co-host of the Fox News program America's Newsroom, fell in love with journalism very early.
"When I was a little kid," she says, "my sister sat me down in front of the TV to watch the Watergate hearings. I was barely old enough to understand what was going on, and she explained everything to me. I've always been fascinated by the presidency. So I think that news and history are wonderful, and being able to have a front seat to watch these stories unfold is the greatest privilege of what I do, and it's why I love it so much."
MacCallum joined Fox News in 2004 and has been with America's Newsroom since 2010. Previously, she worked as a journalist at CNBC and Wall Street Journal Television.
"We are living in really incredible and really important times right now," she says. "We have a presidential election coming up. Our mantra at America's Newsroom has always been to tell people what they need to know in an unbiased way. That's what we bring to the table every day. We cover everything from politics to foreign policy to a couple of fun stories here and there that are thrown in.
"And I have both been in the business a long time," MacCallum says. "We take that mission seriously and we're just delighted that we get an opportunity to basically talk to folks every day from 9 to 11."
And, as you might guess from her presence on these pages, MacCallum is a Bergen gal through and through. She was born and raised in Wyckoff, and these days she and her family -- her husband, Daniel, and their three kids -- live in Ridgewood.
"My memories of Wyckoff," she says, "are growing up with my friends and riding our bikes into town and going to The Market Basket and a place called The Candy Box that used to be on Sicomac Avenue.
"I could ride my bike anywhere," MacCallum recalls fondly. "I went to Sicomac School and have great memories of the playground there. And some of my closest friends are a small handful of girlfriends that I grew up with. It's a very special place to me. My parents still live there. I was just there the other day, because I took my kids to Abma's Farm.
"And I live in Ridgewood," she says. "It has great schools, great people, and it's a great community. So obviously I love the (201) area code. It's our home and we love it."
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