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Five Caribbean Roots US Television Personalities You Should Know

News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. June 7, 2019: It’s another Caribbean American Heritage Month and while many Caribbean nationals and Caribbean roots nationals remain largely hidden as part of the black or Asian ethnic groups of the US, millions are part of the fabric of these United States, including appearing on U.S. mainstream television. Here are five you should know:

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Kendis Gibson

Kendis Gibson started
as a weekend anchor on MSNBC this past January 2019, after a stint at ABC News.
He is the latest hire by the NBCUniversal cable-news network as it continues to
emphasize live news programming on Saturdays and Sundays with Live Weekend.

Gibson was born in
Central America, Belize City in Belize to parents Alrick Gibson, who was a
cabinet maker in the city of Belize and his mother Hortense Gibson, a simple

His parents moved
the family to the United States in the 1980s where he completed his high school
education and proceeded to the State University of New York, Oswego where he
studied Political Science, earning a degree in the discipline in 1994. Having
graduated, Gibson sought work in journalism. He applied and got a job at the
NBC station in Rochester in New York and spent three years as a news reporter
for the station, delivering the news to the ears of New Yorkers before he moved
to Philadelphia and joined WTXF as a morning anchor and news reporter.

There he two Emmy
Awards for Outstanding News Reporting and Sports Feature. A completed stint at
Philadelphia meant a return to New York for the New York-raised Belizean turned
American. He became a lead reporter for the WNBC News Channel.

He joined ABC News
in 2014 and served as anchor of “World News Now” and “America This Morning,” an
early-morning program.  At ABC, he was
the first network correspondent at the Santa Barbara oil spill; reported on the
FIFA scandal in Switzerland and covered the shooting of an unarmed black man by
a white police officer in South Carolina.

Gibson has also worked for CBS News’ Newspath; for CNN and its sister network, HLN; and for Washington D.C.’s WJLA, among others.

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2: Abby Phillip

Abby Phillip joined
CNN in 2016 and covers the Trump Administration. Before CNN she worked at the
Washington Post, where her roles included national political reporting and
general assignments.

She was born to
Trinidadian parents, June C. Phillip and
Carlos W. Phillip, and grew up in Bowie, Maryland. Phillip
later attended and graduated from Harvard University in 2010 with a degree in

Phillip began her
journalism career as a White House reporter and blogger for POLITICO covering
campaign finance issues and lobbying.

She also worked at
ABC News, where she was an ABC News Fellow as well as a digital reporter in New
York City.

Philip appears occasionally on Washington Week with Robert Costa, on PBS. She lives in Washington D.C. with her fiancé Marcus Richardson before they married in May 2018.

3: Yamiche Alcindor

Yamiche Léone
Alcindor is the White House correspondent for the PBS NewsHour and a political
contributor to NBC News and MSNBC. She was born in Miami to Haitian parents.

When she was in
high school, she was an intern at the Westside Gazette, a local
African-American newspaper, and the Miami Herald (2005) She would go on to earn
a bachelor’s degree in English and government with a minor in African-American
studies at Georgetown University in 2009. She would go on to work as a reporter
for USA Today, Newsday and The New York Times.

In 2015, Alcindor
received a master’s degree in “broadcast news and documentary
filmmaking” at New York University. In January 2018, she was named White
House correspondent of the PBS NewsHour, replacing John Yang, who was named the
NewsHour’s national correspondent. In this position Alcindor covers the Trump

4: Rachel McNeill

Born in Jamaica, Rachel
McNeill currently anchors the Today in AZ weekday mornings from 4:30 – 7 a.m. in
Arizona and the Today in AZ Facebook Live After Show at 7:30 a.m.

An Emmy-Award
winning journalist, she joined 12 News in April 2019 from KPRC 2, the Houston
NBC affiliate, where she anchored and reported for over 17 years. McNeill moved
to the Houston-area when she was 6-years old, after living in Galveston for two

Earlier in her
career, she worked in the New Orleans, Raleigh, and Midland markets.  A proud graduate of the University of Texas
at Austin, McNeill earned her degree in Broadcast Journalism.

During her career,
Rachel has covered everything from the Newton School shootings, 2013
Presidential Inauguration, and Sochi and Rio Olympic Games.

Committed to
community service, Rachel volunteers her time with at-risk youth, and works
closely with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and Dress for Success.

She relocated to Arizona at the beginning of 2019 with her husband, Dr. Wayne Franklin, the Co-Director of the Heart Center at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, and their two sons, Hudson and Lionel.

5: Marlie Hall

New York-born, Haitian
American Marlie Hall is currently a morning anchor at Early Today on NBC, News.

Hall earned a
bachelor’s degree in journalism from St. John’s University and also has an
M.B.A. from Dowling College.

Skilled in front
of and behind the camera, Hall began her career in broadcast journalism as an
anchor and correspondent for News 12 The Bronx. She was a general assignment
reporter for WCBS-TV; hosted her own show, Recipe for Success, and several
specials on the Food Network; and was a news anchor and correspondent for Cablevision’s

Hall has also worked
for PHL 17 in Philadelphia, One Caribbean Television and Cablevision’s HDNews
where she earned a Bronze Telly Award for her commentary on Haiti’s healthcare


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