Megyn Kelly, the former star anchor of Fox News' primetime lineup, debuted her new show, "Megyn Kelly Today" on NBC at the end of September, and has already made headlines since.
Kelly has long been a staple in the media universe, but she became a household name after then-presidential candidate Donald Trump hurled what many described as a sexist attack against her when she confronted him about his treatment of women during an August 2015 Republican primary debate.
Despite Trump's comments, she continued gaining star power based on her refusal to back down from asking powerful figures difficult and, at times, controversial questions.
In January, Kelly announced on the air that she would be leaving Fox News to "pursue a new challenge."
Here's how she went from a small-town cheerleader to a leading voice in political journalism, to the daytime talk show host she is today.
Megyn Kelly was born in Illinois in 1970. She was a cheerleader throughout high school and told Katie Couric that she didn't have much ambition back then. Her father was a college professor and her mother was a nurse. Kelly's father died of a heart attack when she was 15.
Kelly became more focused on her academics when she started college. She graduated from Syracuse University with a degree in political science in 1992 and went on to earn a JD from Albany Law School in 1995.
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Soon after, Kelly joined prominent law firm Bickel & Brewer as an associate. Later, she spent nine years working for Jones Day. She credits her background in practicing law with helping her stand her ground when interviewing politicians and CEOs.
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