Who is Tony Berlin?
Born on 9 December 1968, in Los Angeles, California USA, Tony Berlin is an American anchor, host, reporter, producer, public relations (PR) expert and entrepreneur. A seasoned journalist with three decades of experience under his belt, Berlin has worked for some of the biggest networks in the country. He’s had stints at CNN, NBC and CBS, but fans know him best from his time as the host of “Good Morning America” on ABC. In recent years, he hasn’t appeared on TV frequently, mostly because he’s started several projects of his own. The most significant of these is, of course, Berlin Media Relations. He is also known for being the beloved husband of renowned FOX News host and anchor, Harris Faulkner.
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Early Life and Education: From LA to Arizona
While Tony was born in the City of Angels, he moved to Tucson, Arizona as a toddler, right after his parents split up; he grew up with a single mother and alongside an older sister. Not much is known about his childhood, because Tony has always been a private person. Despite being one of the most popular journalists in the last several decades, he has insisted on keeping his personal life away from the public eye. However, we do know that he harbored a passion for sports and reporting from early childhood. As for his education, he attended Amphitheater High School in Tucson, where he was a standout basketball player.
He matriculated from the institution in 1986, followed by enrolling into Occidental College, an elite liberal arts school in his hometown of Los Angeles, and in 1989 obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. In addition to his academic success, he was a staple of the school’s basketball team.
Master’s Degree and Career Beginnings
After graduating, Tony continued on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Communication at the American University – the expertise he acquired while studying there directly impacted his on-air performance in his subsequent career. While at AU, he was offered the position of intern at PBS News, which he accepted – his duties involved creating schedules, helping out anchors and working with journalists on crafting new stories.
After obtaining his Master’s Degree, he was offered a job at ABC and never looked back. The young up-and-coming star first worked as a co-host, anchor and reporter, before being offered the position of host of “Good Morning America”, a show which many Americans consider to be the staple of national media. Offering this job to an inexperienced rookie was seen as a risk at the time, but Berlin was no ordinary rookie. He had both the talent and the work ethic necessary to withstand such pressure, which included tens of millions of viewers on an almost-daily basis. This stint with ABC earned him a lot of fans, who ended up following his career in later years.
Later Career: WHIO-TV, WCCO, WCBS-TV, NBC and More
In 1995, Tony left ABC to join WHIO-TV, where he was a talk show host and anchor for three years. His eloquence and objectivity were evident during this period, as he was able to impress viewers with his knowledge of a wide range of topics. 1998 saw Berlin realize that he missed reporting, and that he wanted to be back in the field, thus he joined WCCO-TV in Minneapolis, where he would remain as the lead reporter for seven years. In 2005, he was offered an even better position – WCBS-TV wanted him to be the leader of their field reporting team in New York City. He remained with them for several years, but also had stints with CNN, NBC and ABC again; for a few months, he even worked for WJLA-TV in Savannah, Georgia.
— Tony Berlin (@TonyBerlinMedia) February 7, 2020
His writing career is also extensive, as he’s contributed to several important publications, such as The Huffington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal and many more. Not many people in the media industry can say that they’re as versatile or experienced as Berlin.
Career in Public Relations
In the late 1990s, Tony became more involved in the PR side of media. Everywhere he worked, he also served as a PR advisor, with his skills especially pronounced in cases of crises, fiascos and other situations which may tarnish the reputation of a certain channel or network.
He started working as a freelance advisor, offering services to clients who wanted to be featured on national media outlets and on big websites. To establish his influence even further, Berlin founded Berlin Media Relations in 2011. The goal of this company is to promote people, projects and ventures through social and traditional media, in an ethical manner. Initially he served as director, but would later on become the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), which is a position that he still holds today.
Personal Life: His Marriage to Harris Faulkner
Tony Berlin is married to six-time Emmy award winner and superstar reporter, Harris Faulkner.
They met during a karaoke night at a Minnesota bar, when they were both working for an ABC affiliate in Minneapolis. After several years of dating and many unforgettable moments, they decided to tie the knot. The ceremony took place on 12 April 2003, in the company of friends and family, on a private ranch in Arizona; they now have two girls – Bella and Danika. There is no information about Tony’s love life before Harris, nor have the two even been subjects of any controversy.
More About Tony Berlin’s Wife
Harris Faulkner was born in 1965, and blossomed into one of America’s most respected and most renowned journalists.
She is the anchor of “FOX Report”, “Outnumbered” and “Outnumbered Overtime”. All three of these segments have sky-high ratings, which can be attributed to Faulkner’s exceptional eloquence and knowledge. She’s won a total of six Emmy awards, the most notable of which was the 2005 Emmy for Best Newscaster and Best News Special. Harris also received a lot of publicity when she sued Hasbro, the famous toy manufacturer, for using her name and appearance without explicit permission. Eventually, Faulkner and Hasbro reached a settlement and the company stopped selling the hamster toy, which had her name and image on the box.
Net Worth: How Rich is Tony Berlin?
Have you ever wondered how affluent this renowned anchor and reporter really is? According to credible sources, Tony Berlin has a net worth of approximately $5 million, as of late-2019, accumulated through various jobs around the country. Most of his early income came due to his time as the anchor of “Good Morning America”. Instead of settling for just his monthly paycheck, Tony founded his own PR firm, which netted him a wide array of rich and powerful clients. Given the fact that he’s still active as a journalist and that he’s the CEO of Berlin Media Relations, his net worth will surely rise in the near future.
Social Media Presence
The only social network Tony’s active on is Twitter, on which he runs an account for his PR firm. He currently has 1,500 followers.