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Kelly has raised approximately $400,000 for causes as diverse as The Wounded Warrior Project to Catholic Charities of New Orleans and the Lower East Side Tenament Musuem.

Kelly freelanced out of Belfast in 1980 and was the first reporter to break the news of the looming IRA hunger strike in Long Kesh Prison. Over the years, Kelly has contributed stories on the troubles in Northern Ireland and its New York connections to The Nation, The Boston Globe, Newsday, USA Today, America Magazine, Catholic News Service, Religious News Service and for years throughout the 1980s was a New York correspondent for the Dublin daily, The Irish Press.

A fourth generation Irish American, Kelly traces his Irish ancestry to Westmeath and Mayo.

Kelly is married to J. Patricia Walsh, the daughter of the late Kerry football great Eddie Walsh. They live in the Stuyvesant Town neighborhood of Manhattan with their three boys, Ruairi, Luke and Eamon.

Megyn Kelly

Megyn Kelly currently anchors America Live, a daytime news program on Fox News Channel which launched in February.

She previously co-anchored America's Newsroom with Bill Hemmer, and appears weekly on The O'Reilly Factor in a segment entitled “The Kelly File.”

Throughout her tenure with Fox, Kelly has covered breaking news and has reported live from numerous major events. During the 2008 election season, she covered the Democratic National Convention live from Denver and the Republican National Convention live from St. Paul.

She also reported live from Blacksburg, Virginia after the 2007 Virginia Tech campus massacre, and from Huntington, Utah as rescue efforts were underway for six trapped miners.

Kelly notably covered the Duke University rape case involving three of the school's lacrosse players. Reporting from Durham, North Carolina, she broke new details that would ultimately help exonerate the defendants.

Kelly joined Fox in 2004. Prior to her anchor role, she served as a general assignment reporter based in Washington, where she provided wall-to-wall coverage of the confirmation hearings for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Chief Justice John Roberts.

She also reported on the retirement of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and the death of Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, as well as the indictments of Scooter Libby and Tom Delay.

Before joining Fox, Kelly served as a general assignment reporter for ABC News affiliate WJLA-TV in Washington. During her tenure at WJLA, Kelly covered national and local stories of interest, including the 2004 presidential race and the D.C. sniper cases.

Previously, Kelly practiced law as a corporate litigator. She earned her BA degree in political science from Syracuse University and a JD from Albany Law School, where she also served as editor of the Albany Law Review.

 
Pat Kiernan

Pat Kiernan is the morning anchor on NY1 in New York.

Kiernan’s career in broadcast journalism began while he was attending the University of Alberta's Faculty of Business in Edmonton, Canada. Upon the completion of his bachelor of commerce degree, he accepted a full-time job as a general assignment reporter for CFRN television in Canada's fourth-largest TV market.

While at the CTV network-affiliated station, he anchored a weekly business news magazine program and at various times worked as the station's assistant news director, assignment editor, producer and news anchor.

Prior to joining Time Warner and NY1, he was the senior producer of the prime-time newscast ITV News at Ten on CITV, one of Canada's satellite superstations, where his duties included an on-air role as host of "Your Money," a popular segment he created.

Kiernan and his wife Dawn moved to New York in March of 1996. He joined the Time Warner family as the anchor and producer of the Fortune Business Report, and was named NY1's morning anchor in 1997.

Kiernan has traced his Irish heritage back as far as the Famine. He believes his ancestors came from Monaghan and Cork.

Connell McShane

Connell McShane joined Fox Business Network as a correspondent in September 2007. Prior to joining Fox, McShane worked at Bloomberg Television where he served as a news reporter and an anchor working on Evening Edition, On the Markets and Marketweek.

He also broadcasted live reports from both the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ. Before Bloomberg Television,

McShane co-anchored the syndicated morning show The First Word on Bloomberg Radio. He began his career in sports broadcasting. He served as the play-by-play voice of minor league baseball’s Pittsfield Mets during the 1998 season.

A graduate of Fordham University with a BA degree in communication and media studies, McShane was named a finalist in both the New York Metro Achievement in Radio Awards and the New York State Associated Press Broadcasters' Association.

McShane’s father was born and raised in Kilcar, Co. Donegal, where McShane remembers spending many summers there as a child with his family.

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