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Bellini, who worked as a CNN news correspondent from 1998 until 2005, is now best known for his stint as the lead news anchor for CBS News on Logo from 2006 to 2008, where he reported primarily on gay stories. He was openly gay in press interviews almost from the very beginning of his career at CNN. In 2003, he was the youngest embedded newsman during the initial American invasion of Iraq.

Bellini's explanation of his decision to be out on the job is similar to that given by Marquez and Yang: a matter of honesty. He told James Hillis, "Skirting that issue [of sexual orientation], saying it's nobody's business, I think that's disingenuous. Because if people are interested in you outside of the parameters of your job itself, and you ignore [being gay], then you're ignoring an important part of yourself. And that's not honest."

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Richard Rodriguez (b. 1944) and Jonathan Capehart are regular contributors to news broadcasts, but are not themselves television correspondents, and both were out before they were hired as contributors.

Rodriguez is best known as a writer, especially a memoirist. But as a regular essayist for PBS's Newshour, he has gained a large audience of appreciative fans of his thoughtful and nuanced analyses of topics in the news. He frequently discusses the experience of Latinos in the United States. Although homosexuality is not his most frequent topic, he does not shy away from the issue; and he typically positions himself as an outsider in America, not merely because of his ethnicity but also because of his sexuality.

Jonathan Capehart is a regular contributor to MSNBC shows, including Morning Joe and other day-time news shows. He is a member of the Washington Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the newspaper. Before joining the Post in 2007, he was a member of the New York Daily News editorial board, where he shared the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing.

Capehart has been a prominent gay journalist for many years, writing for The Advocate and Out magazine and serving as a correspondent for the gay television newsprogram In the Life. He is active in the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. Clearly, his openness has neither harmed his career nor compromised his professionalism.

Josh Barro, who writes for Business Insider and other economic magazines, appears frequently on Bloomberg Television and on MSNBC. An articulate commentator on economic affairs, Barro is also an eloquent supporter of same-sex marriage and gay rights. A Republican who is sometimes described as a "neo-liberal," Barro is frequently critical of Republican stances regarding equal rights.

Among other recent additions to the handful of openly gay newscasters are Dan Kloeffler, Steve Kornacki, Jenna Wolfe, and Stephanie Gosk.

In the wee hours of Sunday morning October 16, 2011, Dan Kloeffler, co-anchoring ABC's World News Now, reported on the coming out of actor Zachary Quinto, who had told a New York magazine interviewer that he felt obligated to come out because of the recent spate of gay youth suicides. Kloeffler added, "He's 34, I'm 35. I'm thinking, I can lose my distraction about dating actors." Kloeffler's casual coming out on national television mimicked the actor's casual coming out but also reflected the increasingly accepting climate in television newsrooms.

In his ABC News blog, Kloeffler elaborated on his decision to come out on air: "I've never shared that I'm gay on-air, even though I've been out to my family, friends and co-workers for years. In fact, an old boyfriend--now best friend--has always given me a hard time about not doing so. But for the same reason that Zach decided to come out, I too, no longer wanted to hide this part of my life."

Kloeffler added: "As a journalist, I don't want to be the story, but as a gay man I don't want to stand silent if I can offer some inspiration or encouragement to kids that might be struggling with who they are."

Another recently out television news anchor is Steve Kornacki (b. 1979). Kornacki first came to national attention as a political writer. He published articles in the New York Observer, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Daily Beast, among others, did a stint as host of a political news show for a New Jersey television station, and reported for Roll Call before becoming senior political writer at Salon.com.

In 2011, Kornacki came out in a moving, though painful essay in Salon.com, which recounted his difficulties in identifying as a gay man. In 2012, he became a co-host of The Cycle on MSNBC with political strategist Krystal Ball, pop-culture commentator Touré, and conservative columnist S.E. Cupp. On March 19, 2013, it was announced that Kornacki would also host another MSNBC program, Up, which airs on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

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