SUMMIT, NJ - Encouraging students to keep an open mind and let their passions drive their paths relative to their futures, FOX News anchor Martha MacCallum spoke to Oak Knoll students and their parents in two presentations at the school.
Presented as part of the school's Parents Association Speaker Series, MacCallum, a resident of Summit and parent of the a 2014 Oak Knoll graduate and Trustee Emeritus, talked about her career in journalism, the current political climate and the upcoming midterm elections.
“When I was in your shoes I had no idea what I wanted to do with my future,” MacCallum admitted to students from the Upper School. “One thing that I would encourage all of you to do is to just really keep an open mind.”
Though she always had an interest in politics, earning her bachelor’s degree in political science at St. Lawrence University, MacCallum said she didn’t consider a career in journalism until two years after she graduated.
“Nobody expects you to know right now what you want to do with your life,” she said.
Once she entered the journalism field, however, she said she was hooked.
“The thing that I really love is traveling around the country and spending time in places like Iowa, New Hampshire and Texas, and really getting out there and seeing the rest of the country and listening to people and seeing what they feel about the different topics and all the issues,” she said.
As part of a Q&A format, with Head of School Timothy J. Saburn moderating, MacCallum also fielded questions from students and parents, leading her to discuss her all-time favorite interviews, who she would like to interview in the future, the current political climate, the impending midterm elections and the ongoing Supreme Court hearings of Brett Kavanaugh.
MacCallum also recalled when she first brought her daughter to attend Oak Knoll and how it differed from her family’s prior educational experiences, particularly regarding God being central in the life of the school.
“Having grown up in a public school, and my kids had all gone to public school, it was such a big moment for me,” she said. “I was just so happy that she had the opportunity to marry those things together with her education here at Oak Knoll.
“It was just an incredible opportunity for her, and it opened all of us up to this community, which we’re so proud to be a part of,” she added.
Prior to addressing members of the Oak Knoll community, MacCallum enjoyed the other end of the equation with which she is so familiar and sat down for an interview with Emma McTague ’19, editor of Oak Knoll’s student newspaper, Untucked.
Following the presentation to students, MacCallum also met members of Oak Knoll’s Women of Vision club.
MacCallum, who hosts her own prime-time show, “The Story with Martha MacCallum,” has been with the cable TV news network since 2004. The show was reformatted from “The First 100 Days” that she also anchored, and which chronicled the early days of the Trump Presidency.
In addition to anchoring other programs and reporting on national and international issues, MacCallum also co-moderated two Republican presidential primary debates during the 2016 presidential election. She has also covered the 2004, 2008 and 2012 presidential elections.
Prior to FOX News, she worked as an associate in corporate relations at Dow Jones & Co. as well as a correspondent or anchor with Wall Street Journal Television, the Wall Street Journal Report, NBC and CNBC.
She is also a two-time winner of the Grace Award for Women in Journalism and recipient of the Soldiersocks Commitment to Serve Award.