Diane McInerney is many things – a wife, a mother, and a television host, and while they are all great identities, it is the latter that has made her a public personality, having worked for the flagship CBS newsmagazine, Inside Edition. The talented television host has been in the industry for several years and has shown so much excellence and dedication to her craft, earning a couple of award recognition for her talent.
Modern Journalism has risen beyond simply delivering the news to listeners. It has evolved towards exploring the human interest angle and engaging the attention of an audience that now has so many competing forms of distraction, and the ability to effortlessly achieve this is a skill that has set Diane apart from several of her peers.
Diane McInerney’s Early Years In New York And Ireland
Our talented television host was born on the 2nd of September 1971 somewhere in New York. If Diane McInerney has siblings, that is a piece of information that is yet to make its way to the public domain but what we know is that she comes from a large extended family, where father and mother have 13 and 15 siblings respectively, meaning that the TV personality has 28 uncles and aunties combined.
Diane grew up in Richmond Hills, New York, and attended a private catholic high school. For her summers, she sojourned to her grandparent’s farm in Ireland where she helped out by milking cows, feeding chickens, and cleaning after pigs. Following the completion of her high school diploma, Diane enrolled at St. John University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications. She subsequently dabbled into the public relations world and spent two good years working in that sector.
The next logical question on everybody’s mind would be what motivated Diane to switch from PR to journalism. Well, as the story goes, Diane McInerney never grew up wanting to be an anchor. She, however, loved telling stories and whilst working in PR, met some journalists from LI News Tonight – a cable program run out of the New York Institute of Technology Campus. She was enthralled by their experiences and boldly decided to enroll for journalism training. Diane, therefore, quit her job and moved back in with her parents. She also took several part-time roles to make ends meet.
Weaving Her Way Through Local Affiliates to Becoming A CBS Star
While studying at the New York Institute of Technology, Diane McInerney honed her skills in various positions including anchor, video editor, and camerawoman. She also worked on accumulating a portfolio of clips and sent this out to various networks. She later scored a breakthrough after, WFXL-TV, a local Fox affiliate in Albany, Georgia offered her a position as a reporter. Diane gladly took up the offer and spent quite some time in Albany during which she covered several news events, including the devastating floods that occurred in 1998.
After WFXL-TV, Diane McInerney returned home to New York in 1999 and joined a local channel, News 12 Long Island, as a weekend anchor and reporter. She spent two years at the channel during which she covered several breaking stories and innovative features including a thrilling flight with the famed Thunderbirds Air Force team. Diane also worked on the crime beat and her excellence earned her two Emmy nominations for Outstanding Crime Series.
Following a successful stint (2+ years) at News 12 Long Island, Diane left to join WNYW-TV, a Fox affiliate based in New York City. She endeared herself to audiences with her excellent reporting and coverage of breaking news and live events. Her savviness equally attracted the attention of CBS who were impressed with her charm and delivery. They, therefore, offered her a chance to work as a reporter for their highly-rated newsmagazine show, Inside Edition, in August 2003.
McInerney has been on the show since 2003 to date and has helped in making it the No. 1 syndicated news magazine show in the country. She has the responsibility of writing, coordinating, and producing reports on a wide range of subjects for the show, and over the course of time, she has covered several major events including the weddings of Catherine Middleton to Prince William and Meghan Markle to Prince Harry. The New York native has also done exposition pieces like the training routine of the esteemed US Navy SEALs.
How Diane McInerney Acquired Her $2 Million Net Worth
Diane McInerney, as mentioned in the introduction, is one of the better-talented hosts of television news programs today and this has been acknowledged by her peers who have awarded her two regional Emmy nominations for her excellence.
Her status as a great talent has placed her in the upper echelon of television hosts in news programs, which translates to a yearly income of $120,226 in salary, which in turn has helped her accrue an estimated net worth of $2 million throughout her career.
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Her Romance With Music Legend, Don Felder
Diane McInerney has mostly done a good job of keeping her personal life private but that has now been made difficult by the fact that she is now dating a celebrity. Before we explore that relationship, it should be known that the CBS anchor was previously married to a criminal defense attorney named Edward Palermo. When exactly the couple got married is unknown but we know that the union lasted for over a decade during which they welcomed two lovely daughters namely Ava and Olivia Claire. The couple later called it quits and Diane has now found love in the arms of legendary rock guitarist, Don Felder.
Felder was previously a member of the popular rock band, Eagles, from 1974 to 2001. During his time with the band, they dropped multiple albums and won at least six Grammys. The group was later inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998. Asides his work with the Eagles, Felder has also released some solo albums including Airborne (1983), Road To Forever (2012), and American Rock ‘n’ Roll (2019). Diane and Felder first started seeing each other in early 2018. They spent two years together before the rock star popped the question on the 19th of January 2020. The engagement took place during a stroll at a Malibu Beach and Diane gladly said yes.
She was given a custom-made five-carat diamond and proceeded to the Chable Maroma resort in Mexico to celebrate with her boo. A source later told news reporters that Don was completely in love with his fiancée while she was equally overjoyed to be engaged to the love of her life. Diane and Don are yet to announce a wedding date but if they do walk down the aisle, it would also be the second marriage for both of them. Felder was previously married to a lady named Susan Pickersgill; the marriage lasted for three decades (1971 – 2000) and produced his four children – namely Jesse, Rebecca, Cody William, and Leah Jenner (who was previously married to Caitlyn Jenner’s son, Brandon Jenner).