MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle Opens Up About ‘Struggles’ of Balancing Motherhood and a Full-Time Career

At age 36, MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle took a risk by moving from her high-paying banking career to one in media — where she had no experience and was warned not to pursue.

“A mentor of mine said, ‘Don’t go back to journalism school,’ ” Ruhle, now 43, tells PEOPLE.

So as she continued to work in the banking industry, Ruhle started doing public speaking to recruit girls to study math and science.

“One day I was giving a speech for a nonprofit called The White House Project, which is a group that was aimed at helping women just advance,” she recalls. “I said I’ve always wanted to work in the media and there was a woman at the table who said, ‘I work at Bloomberg and I think you’d be great.’ ”

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The next day, Ruhle met Andy Lack — then the chairman and CEO of Bloomberg Media Group — and began her transition into the world of on-camera news reporting.

“Making the transition to Bloomberg was an easier transition for me because I knew the content so well,” the New Jersey native says. “I went there with two kids. While I was there, I had a third, which is always challenging in a new career.”

Image zoom Stephanie Ruhle and her husband Andy Hubbard with their sons in L.A. in August. Faye Sadou/MediaPunch

Now, as the anchor of two shows on MSNBC and a contributor on the Today show, Ruhle says she’s happier than ever.

“I didn’t expect this,” the MSNBC Live with Stephanie Ruhle host says. “The best part about getting older is I’m actually happier as a 43-year-old than I was a 33-year-old and a 23-year-old because I’m trying to be somebody else and fit in somewhere that I don’t.”

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Finding that balance hasn’t come without making demands in the workplace. For example, Ruhle takes her daily 6 a.m. meeting from home so she can spend the mornings with her husband, Andy Hubbard, and three kids: sons Harrison, 13, and Reese, 10, and daughter Drew, 6.

“For working parents, specifically working moms, everything that does go wrong at home — and that’s obviously a lot — the thing I struggle with is I always blame myself,” Ruhle admits. “I always think, if only I was there, if I saw their face in the morning, or after school. One of the real struggles for women in having careers and families, we don’t have generations before us that were like, she did it, she did it, she did it. I’m just trying to get through the day.”

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Ruhle constantly advocates for working moms on her show and through blog posts on NBC Better. She’s also defended celebrity mom Amy Schumer when mom shamers criticized the comedian for getting back to work after welcoming son Gene in May.

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The news anchor hopes to additionally empower stay-at-home moms who want to get back into the workplace, a topic she’s discussed previously on Today. “Moms don’t realize all the work they were doing,” she says. “If you are the head of your PTA, if you are running a kids’ little league team, if you were organizing a charity, if you were just running your family, think about the management and organizational skills.”

At the end of the day, Ruhle knows, “Everybody is trying to take care of their families and live their best life,” she says. “I’m super lucky. I’ve had so many awesome blessings and I want that for the next generation. I get to live the American dream.”

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Stephanie Ruhle Biography

The popular American Combat Journalist and former anchor of American news show “MSNBC Live”, Stephanie Ruhle has made a complete switch from financial analysis to the world of journalism. The classy Stephanie Ruhle is the host, editor and served as a managing editor at large for Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg GO” in America. She has been an NBC correspondent since April 2016 and also as a columnist in “Shape.com”.

What is Stephanie Ruhle Famous For?

– Ruhle is famous as a leading news correspondent and anchor of “MSNBC Network”.

Source: @Zimbio.com

When was Stephanie Ruhle born?

Stephanie Ruhle was born on December 24, 1975, in Park Ridge, New Jersey, the U.S. Her birth name is Stephanie Leigh Ruhle.

The 44-aged Ruhle was born to Louise Ruhle(mother) and her father’s name is unknown. She has a sister who resides in Ridgewood and her grandparents resided in Fort Lee.

How was Stephanie Ruhle’s Early Life?

Ruhle was raised up in her hometown Park Ridge, New Jersey by her mother. She is very close to her mother and in October 2017, she brought her mom to her show, to deliver a lecture and speak about President Trump‘s outputs.

She is an American by nationality and belongs to White Caucasian ethnicity. Capricorn is her zodiac sign.

Ruhle completed her school level from a local school in Park Bridge. Later, she went on to enroll at Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, from where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in international business in 1997.

She also studied in Guatemala, Italy, and Kenya as part of her major subject. Ruhle returned to her old University in 2017 to give the commencement speech.

Before fame, she spent fourteen years in the finance industry. While in high school, she did a summer interning for Merril Lynch.

Source: @Zimbio.com

How is Stephanie Ruhle’s Career?

Certainly, after her graduation in 1997, Ruhle started working at Credit Suisse where she spent six years working at the hedge fund sales. Ruhle was then promoted to the post of vice president and also became one of the highest producing credit derivatives salespersons in the country.

After Credit Suisse, Stephanie joined the Deutsche Bank in 2003. She entered the bank as a credit salesperson for covering Hedge funds and during her eight years stint as a managing director of the Global Markets Senior Relationship Management, she created a “Global Women’s Network” to help women get into leadership positions at the bank.

In October 2011, Ruhle finally got into TV, when she joined Bloomberg Television started co-hosting a two-hour early morning program “Inside Track”. A year later, she joined the “Market Makers”, where the program led her to interview business tycoons and industry tycoons including Kanye West, Lloyd Blankfein, Stanley Druckenmiller, and David Tepper, Sean Combs, Kobe Bryant, Russell Simmons.

She had a big break the following year in April when she alongside her coworkers Bradley and Keoun were the first to break the London Whale, the story behind the JP Morgan trading loss.

Another of her famous stint was her provocative response in June 2013 to comment on women in trading by Paul Tudor Jones’ for the Huffington Post.

She also interviewed in 2015 the then-presidential candidate Donald Trump who faced the aggression of the public after he noted to Ruhle that the World Trade Center came down during the reign of former president George Bush.

Ruhle is also a columnist for the online website of the well-known Shape Magazine-“Shape.com” She has also been profiled by the 201 Magazine, IWantHerJob, Business Insider, and Glass Hammer as well as on Fit Pregnancy on the April/May edition of the 2013 issue.

A feminist and a supporter of women’s rights and empowerment, she founded the Corporate Investment Bank (CIB) Women’s Network for women’s rights, the Women On Wall Street (WOWS) steering committee.

She is also a member of the board of trustees for Girls. Inc. New York, 100 Women in Hedge Funds, a corporate counsel of the White House Project and also the Women’s Bond Club.

How is Stephanie Ruhle’s personal life?

The beautiful Stephanie Ruhle has dated only a single guy in her whole life with whom she is married now, Andy Hubbard. Andy works as a Portfolio Manager at USB O’Connor and by all indications.

The couple met when Stephanie was on one of her training programs at Credit Suisse and started dating afterward and got married in 2002.

They are widely regarded as a power couple and have a strong relationship where there are no rumors of divorce whatsoever. Stephanie is described as a loving and caring mother and wife and she has three children with Andy – Reese Hubbard, Harrison Hubbard, and Drew Hubbard.

She lives with her husband and children in Manhattan, New York.

What is the Net Worth of Stephanie Ruhle?

Stephanie Ruhle’s current net worth is estimated to be around $5 million. Ruhle who works as MSNBC anchor and NBC News correspondent gets a handsome amount of salary. She gets an average of $105,353 salary per year.

Moreover, the site also confirms, an average MSNBC news anchor earns $66,410 annual salary. She has a luxurious life.

How Tall is Stephanie Ruhle?

Stephanie Ruhle has a well-maintained perfect slim body. She stands at a height of 5ft. 5inch. and her body weighs 51 kg. She has a fair complexion with dark brown eyes and dyed brown hair.

Her body measurements are a waist-25 inch, bra-34 inch, and hip-34 inch.

The women of MSNBC are reshaping the television landscape

“We should have been blasting ‘9 to 5,’” said Stephanie Ruhle, sitting at her anchor desk in the MSNBC studio at 30 Rockefeller Center in midtown Manhattan. It was nearing 9 a.m. in late May and Ruhle, who anchors “MSNBC Live With Stephanie Ruhle,” was referring to the photo shoot two days earlier when she and four other female anchors on MSNBC’s daytime schedule — Katy Tur, Hallie Jackson, Nicolle Wallace and Andrea Mitchell — had gathered in Manhattan for a group photo.

“When I started at NBC, I’m quite sure there wasn’t a plan or initiative that we need to make sure the girls are anchoring the shows,” said Ruhle, a former managing director at Deutsche Bank, who began her show in July 2016. “I think it worked out that way because it’s who rose to the level at that point.”

But the fact is that they did rise. This morning, as Ruhle readies herself to take control from the unwieldy forces of “Morning Joe” and begin her own hourlong program, she does so as a leadoff hitter for a lineup that has helped reshape the landscape of television. Between the bombast of Joe Scarborough in the early-morning hours and the opinion-driven fist-pounding of Chris Matthews, Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell in the evening, the news anchor positions these five women now hold at the network reflect a telling shift in the ever-changing, ever-shuffling world of cable news.

To be certain, these moves have not occurred within a vacuum. As Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan recently pointed out, the BBC has gone to considerable lengths to make sure that women take prominent roles on its airwaves. And in the United States, women are now the executive producers of all three network morning shows.

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But MSNBC’s on-air efforts stand out.

Before going into journalism, Stephanie Ruhle spent 14 years as an investment banker at Deutsche Bank. (Christopher Dilts / MSNBC)

“Nothing happens by accident,” said Andrea Mitchell, NBC’s chief foreign affairs correspondent, who has anchored her own show, “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” at noon ET since 2008. “Our leaders, our company are so committed to women’s advancement. I know this better than anyone, having been here 41 years. I’ve seen it evolve. I’ve seen it when it was not so great in the ’80s and ’90s.”

This has been the result of the directive set forth by Andrew Lack, who returned to NBC in 2015, this time as chairman of both NBC News and MSNBC. While the company has come under considerable criticism for its perceived sluggish investigation of sexual harassment claims at NBC (see: Matt Lauer) and the controversial handling of Ronan Farrow’s reporting on Harvey Weinstein (which Farrow took to The New Yorker and then won a Pulitzer for his work), it was also he who oversaw a major overhaul of MSNBC, and who believed reporting should drive the dayside hours, with the nighttime serving as the home for more opinion-led content.

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Of building that daytime lineup around women, Lack said, “It was not conscious, but it is enjoyable for me.

“I’m glad that it worked out that way,” he added. “They have to have done the work, had the experience and the skillset to get these jobs.”

And while all five women are decidedly less opinionated (at least on air), than Maddow, O’Donnell, et al, they are all characterized by a certain toughness when it comes to the current occupant in the White House and his administration. Make no mistake, these are not “Fox & Friends.”

When Katy Tur was nine months pregnant, she anchored three straight hours of coverage of the Robert Mueller report. “There was no way I was going to miss that moment,” she said. (Christopher Dilts / MSNBC)

When the lawyer for Brett Kavanaugh came on Tur’s show after a third woman came forward to accuse the then-Supreme Court nominee of past sexual misconduct, Tur burrowed in, demanding to know if Kavanaugh thought the woman was lying and whether his accusers, including the original one, Christine Blasey Ford, were part of a Democratic plot to derail his nomination.

“Let me read you something the president said about this this morning,” Tur said to Beth Wilkinson, Kavanaugh’s lawyer: “‘You don’t find people like this. He’s outstanding. He’s a gem and he’s being treated unfairly by the Democrats who are playing a con game. They know what they’re doing, it’s a con. They go into a back room and they talk with each other and they laugh at what they are getting away with.’”

“Does your client believe it’s a con game by the Democrats?” Tur asked. “That these women are part of a con by the Democrats and that the Democrats are laughing in a backroom about what they are able to pull off?”

Wilkinson refused to take the bait, instead repeating, “My client knows that he didn’t do this.”

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Tur admits to some hesitancy in taking the 2 p.m. anchor slot in 2017, thinking she would miss the on-the-ground reporting that had brought her fame — and even some death threats from people who apparently thought she was being too hard on then-candidate Donald Trump. (Tur, who also fills in for Chuck Todd on the Monday edition of “Meet the Press Daily,” is currently on maternity leave following the birth of her son with newly named “CBS Morning News” co-host Tony Dokoupil.)

“I think I had an incorrect assumption that anchors had it easy because they had writers and producers who were helping them,” Tur said. “And then when I sat in that anchor chair, I realized, ‘Oh no, you’ve got a lot of help but you are the one that’s on television.’ You’re the one who’s responsible for all this information and there’s only so much a producer can do — even the best producer, and I’ve got some great producers on my team.”

Jackson, now the chief White House correspondent for NBC News, had been on the campaign trail in 2016 when she was asked to do a daily afternoon show. It was a moment in which she remembers thinking, “This is the busiest point I’ve ever been in my life and now I’m going to anchor a show on the road?”

As with the others, Jackson pulls double duty, appearing at various points during the day before and after her program, which now runs in the 10 a.m. time slot, regularly appearing on both “The Today Show” and “NBC Nightly News With Lester Holt.” Asked to run through her day, Jackson admitted, “It looks insane.”

In addition to anchoring her 10 a.m. show on MSNBC, Hallie Jackson is chief White House correspondent for NBC News. (Christopher Dilts / MSNBC)

It could be said that whatever developments have come at this point wouldn’t have happened without Mitchell, who began holding down her own show in 2008. “Andrea Mitchell Reports” is now the network’s longest-running program, with executive producer Michelle Perry on board for the duration. To be certain, even Mitchell, who has witnessed the total transformation of American politics, has adapted her coverage along with it.

Mitchell pointed to a recent conversation on her show to illustrate the importance of women’s voices on air. In addressing the passage of Alabama’s bill essentially banning abortion, Mitchell turned to NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund president Sherrilyn Ifill and MSNBC legal analyst Maya Wiley to discuss its broader consequences.

“That’s a conversation women will respond to because we’re talking about something that involves women’s bodies and women’s health and women’s reproductive systems,” Mitchell says. “I just don’t think that same conversation would have taken place had there not been women involved and women producers.”

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Likewise, the Post’s Sullivan certainly applauds women anchors but finds the more pressing issue lies with “the experts and pundits and commentators that are brought on to give their expertise.”

“There clearly has to be a basis of knowledge and merit and expertise,” Sullivan says. “You don’t want to trade that off. In my experience, when you pay attention to more diverse voices in my work, it actually always helps the work because you’re going beyond the usual suspects and you’re getting a broader array of experience and expertise and knowledge. There’s plenty of knowledgeable people and experts out there who aren’t only white men.”

So far MSNBC’s efforts seem to have worked. According to Nielsen data, MSNBC’s dayside programming saw increased total year-to-year viewership, compared to May 2018. In contrast, Fox News and CNN daytime programming lost viewers over that same period, according to Nielsen.

To Wallace, whose panel program “Deadline: White House” at 4 p.m. is seen by Lack and others as a bridge to the network’s nighttime programming, those viewership numbers are telling. “All the women are there because they’re the best at their job,” Wallace said. “It’s this critical mass of women at the top of their fields and every one of them are having incredible success with the viewers and breaking stories.”

THE TALE OF THE TAPE

Hallie Jackson (Béatrice de Géa / For The Times)

Anchor: Hallie Jackson

Age: 35

Show: “MSNBC Live With Hallie Jackson”

Premiere: Sept. 6, 2016

Background: Jackson was hired by NBC in 2014, after working as a national correspondent for Hearst Broadcasting and as a reporter for local TV stations.

DNA: NBC News’ chief White House correspondent uses the hour to grill lawmakers on the show before heading off to the White House to confront the president directly.

Signature moment: On July 6, 2017, when she was not in her anchor role but at a press conference in Poland, Jackson asked Trump, “Will you, yes or no, definitively say that Russia interfered in the 2016 election?” Trump’s response? “I think it could very well have been Russia, but I think it could well have been other countries and I won’t be specific. But I think a lot of people interfere. I think it’s been happening for a long time.” Says Jackson: “Few people get the opportunity to directly question the most powerful person in the country, so I feel a real sense of responsibility to make sure our questions are sharp, direct and relevant.”

Andrea Mitchell (Béatrice de Géa / For The Times)

Anchor: Andrea Mitchell

Age: 72

Show: “Andrea Mitchell Reports”

Premiere: 2008

Background: Mitchell joined NBC in 1978, serving as, among other things, chief White House correspondent and chief congressional correspondent. The ultimate Washington insider, she has been married to Alan Greenspan, the former chairman of the Federal Reserve Board, since 1997. Supreme Court associate justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg officiated at their wedding.

DNA: The established journalist engages with the country’s power brokers and media commentators to understand the world at the midday hour.

Signature moment: On July 19, 2018, in an interview with Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats at the Aspen Security Forum, Mitchell informed him that “the White House has announced on Twitter that Vladimir Putin is coming to the White House in the fall.” Coats responded, “Say that again?” Mitchell repeated: “Vladimir Putin coming to …” Visibly shocked, Coats said. “OK, that’s going to be special.” Recalls Mitchell: “I was stunned by his candor in this live moment.”

Stephanie Ruhle (Béatrice de Géa / For The Times)

Anchor: Stephanie Ruhle

Age: 43

Show: “MSNBC Live With Stephanie Ruhle”

Premiere: June 27, 2016

Background: A former investment banker who spent 14 years at Deutsche Bank, Ruhle made the transition to the media world by working at Bloomberg TV as a news anchor and managing editor before coming to NBC as a correspondent and then to MSNBC as an anchor.

DNA: A relative newbie not only to political journalism but to broadcast journalism, Ruhle hammers home how policy decisions affect the lives of her viewers, often diving into detailed explanations of tax policy or tariffs.

Signature moment: June 2018, anchoring coverage of the crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Katy Tur (Béatrice de Géa / For The Times)

Anchor: Katy Tur

Age: 35

Show: “MSNBC Live With Katy Tur”

Premiere: Jan. 10, 2017

Background: A foreign correspondent pressed into covering presidential candidate Donald Trump when few people took him seriously, Tur was often the object of Trump’s scorn — he regularly referred to her as “Little Katy” — and once had to rely on Secret Service security to escort her out of a rally.

DNA: “I have the witching hour,” Tur said. “Everything happens at 2 o’clock — 2 o’clock seems like the time of day when everything falls apart.”

Signature moment: On March 23. 2019, when she was nearly nine months pregnant, Tur anchored three straight hours of network coverage following Attorney General William Barr’s four-page summary to Congress of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. “The bosses were literally taking bets on when I would go into labor,” Tur recalled. “But I had been covering Trump since June 2015. There was no way I was going to miss that moment.”

Nicolle Wallace (Béatrice de Géa / For The Times)

Anchor: Nicolle Wallace

Age: 47

Show: “Deadline: White House”

Premiere: May 9, 2017

Background: The former campaign strategist for John McCain’s 2008 presidential bid (she was played by Sarah Paulson in HBO’s “Game Change”) and communications director for George W. Bush, Wallace later did turns at “The View” and as a political pundit on cable shows such as “Morning Joe” before finding her place as the GOP voice of reason on MSNBC.

DNA: A lapsed Republican taking on the president for, in her view, damaging the reputation of the party of Reagan, Bush and McCain.

Signature moment: On Feb. 20, 2019, in a wide-ranging interview, former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe spoke about a number of subjects including the first “rambling” draft by Trump to fire James Comey as FBI director. “Andy McCabe’s interview was so haunting,” Wallace said. “Everything he said was a revelation.”

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