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Jenna Wolfe discusses her pregnancy with Matt Lauer on the Today show.
NBC news reporters Jenna Wolfe and Stephanie Gosk have announced that they are expecting a daughter in August and plan to wed soon in New York. Wolfe, who is Today's weekend news anchor appeared on Today on March 27, 2013 to say that she and Gosk, who is a foreign correspondent with NBC News, have been a couple for three years and have now embarked on the "biggest adventure of their lives."
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."
In a Today.com blog, Wolfe said that "Just writing those words--'I'm pregnant'--is surreal to me. After all, I was never the kid that ran around playing house. I never had daydreams about being a mom and raising a family. I was the kid who jumped out of trees and skinned my knees and taunted bees. . . . But then a funny thing happened on my way to adulthood . . . I grew up. I ran smack into the old nursery rhyme: 'First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes Jenna pushing a baby carriage.'"
Acknowledging that she and Gosk, who "spent years in war-torn countries, risking life and limb in the most dangerous places on earth to tell amazing stories," have seen and done more than most will in a lifetime, she added, "yet both of us agree that THIS little girl will be the biggest and best adventure of our lives."
In response to the question, "So why now?," she wrote, "Something just sort of told me it was time. Two years into a great relationship and we felt like we wanted to share our adventures with a wide-eyed, little person. The more we talked about it, the better the idea seemed. And so in December, we embarked on Operation Baby. And might I just add that despite the morning sickness, it's been the best decision we've ever made."
Wolfe and Gosk join such other high profile television news anchors and reporters who are openly gay as CNN's Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon, ABC's Sam Champion, and MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, Thomas Roberts, and Steve Karnacki.
In the video below, Wolfe discusses her pregnancy with Today host Matt Lauer.