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Profile of Gayle King


Profile of Gayle King

Gayle King

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Gayle King was born in 1954 in Chevy Chase Maryland and was raised in Bethesda.


Gayle and her husband, Bill Bumpus, divorced in 1993. The couple had 2 children while together, daughter, Kirby, and son, William. Her dating life, and sometimes lack there of, has been discussed many times on the Oprah Show.


Gayle King received her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Maryland. King's interest in broadcasting began when she was still in college while working at WTOP-TV in Washington, DC.


WTOP-TV in Washington, DC

WJZ-TV in Baltimore, Maryland (Where she met Oprah)

WDAF-TV in Kansas City, Missouri

WFSB-TV in Hartford, Connecticut

Host of Cover to Cover and The Gayle King Show

How Gayle and Oprah Met:

While working at WJZ-TV in Baltimore, Maryland, Oprah and Gayle were both in their early 20s. While Gayle was still living with her parents outside of Baltimore, Oprah had relocated from Nashville and lived in an apartment close to the studio. Due to a snowstorm, Gayle was not able to make the drive home, and Oprah invited her to stay the night - the friendship developed from there, and has continued for more than 30 years.

Gayle's Role at Harpo:

Gayle often makes appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, though she also has her own responsibilities within Oprah's empire. Gayle holds the Editor at Large position for both O : The Oprah Magazine and O at Home -- and has since their inception. Gayle also hosts her own radio show on Oprah and Friends where she discusses everything current and newsworthy, as well as interviews celebrities and other public figures.

Fun Facts:

  • Gayle's favorite color is yellow
  • Oprah's middle name is Gail
  • Oprah and Gayle wear the same shoe size -- 10!
  • When Oprah and Gayle met, they wore the same clothing size and had the same contact lens prescription
  • Oprah threw Gayle a 50th birthday party -- organized by Colin Cowie
  • Gayle is afraid of heights
  • Josh Groban is one of Gayle's favorite singers
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