Putting Down Roots: Fox & Friends co-anchor Steve Doocy is right at home in Bergen
Steve Doocy was born in Iowa, raised in Kansas, works in Manhattan, and lives in Wyckoff with his wife, Kathy, and their three children, Peter, Mary and Sally. "Yeah, how'd that happen?" laughs Doocy, co-anchor of Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends program. It did, and Doocy -- also the author of Tales from the Dad Side: Misadventures in Fatherhood and The Mr. and Mrs. Happy Handbook -- isn't complaining in the slightest. "We love New Jersey. We talked a couple of years ago about, 'Why don't we move to another town or get a bigger house?' But we decided to stay right where we are because we felt it was important that our kids knew exactly where home is, and home, even when they went to college, would be the place they grew up in.
"Peter, if he needs a plan B, can formulate that down the road, but right now I'm delighted he's following in the family business [as a Fox News Channel assignment reporter]. My wife, Kathy, I believe, was the first woman on ESPN with a show. She did Sidelines, which was sort of a sports version of Entertainment Tonight. My daughter, Mary, is 19 and she's an English major. I don't think she's that interested in journalism at this point, but her younger sister, Sally, who's still in high school, likes TV and I think she's interested in producing. And she's very interested in politics. I wouldn't be surprised if she went into some kind of political job."
"I'm very proud of what we've accomplished at Fox & Friends [which just marked its 100th straight month as the top-rated morning show on cable news]. To me, it's a testament to the fact you can start at the bottom, go in and do your job every day, and eventually people will be there to watch and support it. One hundred months is pretty amazing. When you're number one for 100 months, it means you're doing something right and you've built an audience. And I think it's because we take the news seriously, but we don't take ourselves seriously."
"We've become big fans of The Indian Trail Club (in Franklin Lakes), which is a place where you can play tennis and they have a swimming pool, and we eat there a lot. We shop frequently in Wyckoff. I'm a big home-improver. I'm at Wyckoff Paint most Saturday mornings, scoping stuff out. We love the Garden State Plaza mall. We'll usually grab a bite at one of the places where you can sit down and get a drink, and then we'll go watch a movie over at the fantastic theater there [the AMC Garden State 16]. And my number-one place for groceries is the Market Basket."