CNN anchor Kasie Hunt gives birth to baby on her bathroom floor
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Grey Hunt Rivera, a girl, was born Wednesday, March 1, 2023, at Hunt’s home in Washington, D.C., delivered by her father.
This all played out on the floor of one of Hunt’s bathrooms after she unexpectedly went into labor.
According to Hunt, she was only in labor for about 13 minutes before Grey made her appearance.
Grey had been scheduled to be born by C-section the following day.
Hunt’s husband, Matthew Mario Rivera, was talked through the birthing process by Washington, D.C.-area 911 operators and emergency services.
The paramedics arrived at Hunt’s house shortly after Grey was born and transported both the mother and child to a local hospital.
They were checked out and doing well as of Friday, March 3, 2023.
Grey joins big brother Mars.
People magazine was first to report the news of the unexpected birth. It appears Hunt provided the magazine with first access to the news of the birth, including photos credited to both Hunt’s husband and a birth doula.
Public figures sometimes work out deals with entertainment magazines and shows for exclusive first access to news and photos of major life events such as births and weddings. In some cases, this can include a payment from the publication, though it is not clear if Hunt had such a deal with People.
In some cases, celebrities donate any funds they receive to charity.
Hunt made news in 2021 when she left NBC News, where she had anchored “Kasie DC” until 2020 and “Way Too Early.”
She later announced that she would be joined CNN to host a daily show on CNN+, becoming the first major on air talent announcement.
“The Source with Kasie Hunt” debuted March 29, 2022 and ended less than a month later when new owners Warner Bros. Discovery announced CNN+ would shut down in what would become one of the biggest and most expensive media blunders in history.
Hunt remained at CNN as chief national affairs analyst. She continued to appear on panels as well as anchoring on a substitute basis.
She notably was not among the names CNN announced as a new dayside anchor earlier in 2023.