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Kimberly Guilfoyle

Kimberly Guilfoyle

Kimberly Ann Guilfoyle (/ˈɡɪlfɔɪl/) (born March 9, 1969) is an American political analyst, journalist, attorney, and television news personality who co-hosted The Five on Fox News.[2] She left the Fox News network on July 20, 2018.[3]

Guilfoyle was a prosecuting attorney in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California. She served as an Assistant District Attorney in San Francisco from 2000–04. She married California politician Gavin Newsom and was First Lady of San Francisco during Newsom's first two years as mayor of that city. She worked at Fox News for twelve years, starting in 2006. She and that network “parted ways” in July 2018, in the phrase of a Fox spokesman.[4] She later joined America First Policies, a pro-Trump super PAC, to campaign for Republicans in the 2018 midterm elections.[5][6]

Kimberly Guilfoyle
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Guilfoyle in 2018
First Lady of San Francisco, California
In role
January 8, 2004 – February 26, 2006
MayorGavin Newsom
Preceded byBlanche Vitero
Succeeded byJennifer Siebel Newsom(2008)
Personal details
Kimberly Ann Guilfoyle

(1969-03-09)March 9, 1969[1]
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Gavin Newsom
(m. 2001;div. 2006)

Eric Villency
(m. 2006;div. 2009)
ResidenceManhattan, New York City
EducationUniversity of California, Davis(BA)
University of San Francisco(JD)

Early life

Guilfoyle was born in San Francisco on March 6, 1969, to a Puerto Rican mother and an Irish father. She was raised in her parents' Roman Catholic faith.[7] She grew up in the Mission District of San Francisco and in Westlake, Daly City, California, and is a graduate of San Francisco's Mercy High School.

Guilfoyle's mother, Mercedes, taught special education, and died of leukemia when Guilfoyle was eleven. "My mother was just everything to me, I loved her so much, I always wanted to be around her. I loved how I saw people react to her. She was a warm woman who worked in education with people with emotional challenges. I got my sense of giving back and how when you have many blessings, pay it forward", Guilfoyle said in a 2015 interview.[8]

Her father, Anthony "Tony" Guilfoyle, was born in Ennis, County Clare, Ireland and immigrated to the United States in 1957 at the age of 20 against the wishes of his family. In 1958, despite not yet holding U.S. nationality and still an Irish citizen, he was drafted and served for four years in the U.S. Army.[9] After being discharged from the army, Tony Guilfoyle took up work in the construction trades. He later became a real estate investor and a close advisor to Mayor Newsom, until his death in 2008.[10][11]


Guilfoyle graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Davis, and received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1994. While in law school, she interned at the San Francisco district attorney's office, as well as doing modelling work for Macy's and Victoria's Secret.[12]

She later studied at Trinity College, Dublin in Ireland. While there, she published research in international children's rights and European Economic Community law.[13]

Law career

After law school, Guilfoyle briefly worked as a prosecutor in San Francisco, but lost her job in 1996 when Terence Hallinan was elected District Attorney and fired 14 of the city's prosecutors.[14]

Guilfoyle then spent four years in Los Angeles as a Deputy District Attorney, working on adult and juvenile cases, including narcotics, domestic violence, kidnapping, robbery, arson, sexual assault, and homicide cases. She received several awards at the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office, including Prosecutor of the Month.[13]

In 2000, Guilfoyle was re-hired by Hallinan in the San Francisco District Attorney's Office, where she served as an Assistant District Attorney from 2000 to 2004. While Assistant D.A., she earned a conviction while co-prosecuting with James Hammer in the 2002 case People v. Noel and Knoller, a second-degree murder trial involving a dog mauling that received international attention.[15][16] In 2008, she was a member of La Raza Lawyers Association.[17]

Television career

In January 2004, Guilfoyle moved to New York to host the program Both Sides on Court TV, as well as to work as a legal analyst on Anderson Cooper 360°. She joined Fox News in February 2006, as host of the weekend show The Lineup. The Lineup was eventually canceled. Guilfoyle remained a regular contributor for the network and was later picked up as co-host of The Five, in 2011. She remained a host on the show until 2018. In 2014, she began co-hosting Outnumbered regularly, until the show settled on more permanent hosts.

She also appeared weekly on the recurring segment "Is it Legal?" on The O'Reilly Factor until that show's cancellation in 2017, and as a weekly Thursday guest on Brian Kilmeade's Kilmeade and Friends radio show.[13] Guilfoyle guest-hosted Hannity, On the Record, Justice with Judge Jeanine, and Fox and Friends.

In 2015, Guilfoyle released a semi-autobiographical book titled "Making the Case: How to Be Your Own Best Advocate" on her experiences growing up, working as a prosecutor, and encouraging people to always advocate for themselves.[18]

It was announced on June 29, 2017, that Guilfoyle signed a long-term contract extension with Fox.[19]

In the spring of 2018, Guilfoyle was appearing nightly on The Five.[20]

Possible position in the Trump administration

In December 2016, it was reported that Guilfoyle was being considered to serve as press secretary for President Donald Trump. Sean Spicer was ultimately selected.[21] On the May 12, 2017, edition of The Five, co-host Bob Beckel hinted that Guilfoyle turned the job down. However, in an interview with Bay Area News Group on May 15, 2017,[22] Guilfoyle confirmed she was in contact with the White House about the position following Spicer's resignation.[23] "I'm a patriot, and it would be an honor to serve the country", Guilfoyle said. "I think it'd be a fascinating job, it's a challenging job, and you need someone really determined and focused, a great communicator in there with deep knowledge to be able to handle that position." However, on May 19, Guilfoyle said she is under contract with Fox; indicating she turned down the White House. One month later she extended her contract with Fox.[24]

In 2018, The Washington Post described Guilfoyle as a "conservative cheerleader for President Trump."[25]

Departure from Fox News

Guilfoyle left Fox News in July 2018, reportedly to work for a pro-Donald Trump Super PAC. A week after her announcement, though, the Huffington Post reported claims by an anonymous source who said that Guilfoyle did not leave the network voluntarily, but rather had been forced out due to allegations that she had engaged in sexual harassment."[26] This was countered by other anonymous sources in The Daily Beast, where it was reported that Guilfoyle's enemies within Fox had actively planted negative stories and started a whisper campaign against her, exaggerating her alleged misbehavior.[27]

Movie appearance

Guilfoyle appeared in the 2004 film Happily Even After playing a public defender opposite Ed Asner and Shirley Temple's niece, Marina Temple Black. The film was screened at the Tribeca Film Festival.[28]

Personal life

In 2001, Guilfoyle married Gavin Newsom, then a San Francisco city supervisor; Newsom was elected mayor of San Francisco in 2003. While married to Newsom, she went by the name Kimberly Guilfoyle Newsom. In January 2005, citing the strain of a bi-coastal marriage, Guilfoyle filed for divorce from Newsom.[29] Their divorce was finalized on February 28, 2006.[30]

On May 27, 2006, in Barbados, Guilfoyle married furniture heir Eric Villency.[31] She gave birth to her first child, Ronan Anthony, on October 4, 2006.[32] In June 2009, Guilfoyle and Villency announced that they were separating;[33] their divorce was finalized later that year.[34]

In May 2018, news leaked that Guilfoyle was dating Donald Trump Jr., after the two attended an event together; Trump was separated from his wife Vanessa Trump at the time.[35] Guilfoyle had been friends with the couple and the Trump family for years.[36]

See also

  • New Yorkers in journalism


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