If you think you know everything about Today‘s new cohost, Jenna Bush Hager, then think again! Not only is the 37-year-old journalist a published author, but she was also named after someone very special in her family.
Scroll below to learn five fun facts about Jenna!
I didn’t set out to be a morning show anchor
“It wasn’t something I’d always dreamed to do,” Jenna once said, according to the NY Daily News. Jenna was originally hired by Today to do a single story about education. “But I think one of the most important things in life is to be open-minded,” she added.
I have a passion for reading
Like her mom, Laura Bush (a former school librarian), Jenna loves books. She’s even started her own book club on Today — the first selection is Tara Conklin’s novel The Last Romantics. Jenna previously said on Today, “In a world that can feel technologically obsessed, it’s fun to go back to the old-school book clubs.”
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And APRIL’s #readwithjenna pick is here!!! The Unwinding of the Miracle made me both weep as I read along with the author’s journey and hopeful—encouraged to live every day to the fullest. Join me and read a beautiful book about how we live and die; it’s sure to create awesome conversation!
I’m a published author
Her first book, Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope, profiled an HIV-positive 17-year-old single mother Jenna met when she was working for UNICEF in Latin America. She and sister Barbara Bush will be releasing a kids’ version of their best-selling memoir, Sisters First, in November.
I was named after my maternal grandmother
Jenna Welch, 99, lives in Midland, Texas. “She never graduated from college but never stopped learning,” her namesake granddaughter said via Instagram in November. “She taught me about every constellation in the night sky.”
I’m most grateful for my family
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