It’s been nearly a decade since Linda Vester anchored a newscast, but that hasn’t stopped friends from asking if she’ll ever come back to television.
“I don’t think so,” she tells them. “At least, not right now.”
That’s because she’s enjoying life as CEO of what she calls “Mommy, Inc.”
“I love it,” Vester tells TVNewser. Motherhood “is more draining, by far, than my old career in journalism, but I really love it.”
The former Fox News Channel anchor lives in Manhattan with her husband and four children – two sons and two daughters – ranging in age from 3 to 11. It was after she’d become pregnant with her second child, Vester says, that her plans became clear.
“I just really, really wanted to be a stay-at-home mom,” she reflects. “I came to it late, I’d worked in television since I was 17, in high school, and met my husband late, and by the grace of God, got pregnant in my mid-thirties, and I thought, ‘I don’t want to miss anything!””
But the decision to become a full-time mother – one that’s made her “very happy” – wasn’t necessarily easy at first.
“It really did take a solid year to take those pieces apart and say, ‘okay, now who am I?’”
Eventually, Vester made the adjustment, even losing the need to instantly devour breaking news. “I can read [about stories] a day late,” she says with a laugh, “and be just fine.”
The Cincinnati native started her broadcast career as an intern for local CBS affiliate WKRC-TV, working with anchor Nick Clooney (yes, George’s dad). Vester then got a job at CBS News’ Paris bureau during a semester at the Sorbonne.