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On March 27, 2013 NBC news reporters Jenna Wolfe and Stephanie Gosk announced not only that they have been a couple for three years but that they are expecting a baby in August 2013.

Wolfe (b. 1974), is a correspondent for NBC News and serves as the weekend news anchor for the Today show. Before joining NBC is 2007, she was a sports anchor for WABC in New York City and had previously worked as a sportscaster for television stations in Binghamton and Rochester, New York.

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In announcing her pregnancy and relationship with Gosk, Wolfe said in a coordinated People magazine story that she decided to go public because "I didn't want to bring my daughter into a world where I'm not comfortable telling everyone who I am and who her mother is."

Gosk, who is a foreign correspondent for NBC News, joined NBC in 2006. She was based in London until 2012. Her reports are featured on all the platforms of NBC News, including NBC Nightly News, MSNBC, and Today.

Their baby was born on August 21, 2013.

Perhaps the most prominent openly gay television news journalists are the news anchors Anderson Cooper (b. 1967), Thomas Roberts (b. 1972), and Don Lemon (b. 1966); and the hosts of their own televison news shows, Jane Velez-Mitchell (b. 1955) and Rachel Maddow (b. 1973). The co-host of ABC's Good Morning American, Robin Roberts, has also recently come out.

Jane Velez-Mitchell is a veteran newscaster who currently hosts her own show on CNN's Headline News channel, Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell. She has covered a wide variety of stories over the years, but is especially associated with high-profile court cases.

Velez-Mitchell came out in mid-life, in the midst of a struggle against addiction of various kinds. Although late to recognize her homosexuality, she has no regrets about coming out. Indeed, she told Laurie Pike of The Advocate that coming out, along with getting sober and becoming a vegan, "was definitely right up there" among the best things she has done.

The immediate impetus for her coming out on the air was her reporting on homophobic Senator Larry Craig's arrest for solicitation in a men's room. "Opinionating about Larry Craig and his apparent hypocrisy, it would have been hypocritical for me not to be honest with the listeners about who I am," she told Sean Kennedy. "So I just came out and said it: 'I want to be honest. I live with a woman and have been in a relationship with a woman.'"

Don Lemon is a notably versatile newsman. He has reported on some of the most significant news stories of our time, including the D.C. snipers, Hurricane Katrina, and AIDS in Africa. He got his start with NBC News, serving as a correspondent for Today and NBC Nightly News and an anchor for Weekend Today and MSNBC. After stints in Philadelphia and Chicago, he moved to CNN in 2006, where he anchors the prime-time weekend version of CNN Newsroom.

In 2010, while interviewing members of the Atlanta church pastored by Bishop Eddie Long, who had been accused of molesting young men, Lemon revealed that he was a victim of sex abuse as a child. In Transparent, a memoir released in 2011, he publicly acknowledged his homosexuality and discussed homophobia in the black community.

Lemon was motivated to come out because of his belief in transparency and also because he was moved by the suicides of Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi and other gay youth. He wanted to assure young people in despair because they were bullied that they were not alone. He wrote his book in the hope that "in being honest, I can help others, too."

Thomas Roberts, after 15 years as a television news reporter and a stint on CNN, was named a full-time anchor on MSNBC in 2010. In addition to anchoring his own news show, he frequently serves as substitute newsreader or host on such shows as Today as well as on several MSNBC programs. In 2014, he will become host of MSNBC's Way Too Early newsshow and a member of the Morning Joe team.

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