Linda Vester, the former war correspondent for NBC News and Fox News anchorwoman who accused Tom Brokaw of sexual harassment, is married to the wealthy son of one of America’s most famous baseball players, has a website devoted to motherhood, and is said to speak both French and Arabic.
Vester, now 52, sometimes goes by her married name, Linda Greenberg. Her website biography states that “she chucked it all to stay home with her kids,” giving up her journalism career for motherhood. Vester and her husband, Glenn Greenberg, are heavily involved in charitable giving, including a gift of $10 million to Yale University to establish a teaching space.
Brokaw launched into a scathing defense of himself, denying the accusations, which date to the 1990s, and directing criticism both at Vester and the news media after the story broke in The Washington Post and Daily Variety. A second, anonymous woman has also accused Brokaw of unwanted behavior, which he also denies. He labeled Vester “a woman with a grudge against NBC News” with “no distinctive credentials” and a “modest career.”
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Vester Worked as a War Correspondent in the Middle East for NBC News & Was a Fulbright Scholar
Vester worked as a war correspondent for NBC News in the 1990s and “spent three tours of duty in the Middle East and took two assignments in Africa,” Variety reported.
“I had just finished a Fulbright in the Middle East, and I had been doing freelance work for CBS in Gaza,” Vester told Variety. “When I was interviewing at NBC, the network offered me a job where I could work my way up through the ranks. They started me as a researcher, then a field producer, then I was sent to the NBC Tampa affiliate to get more on-air experience.”
She then reported from the Middle East during the Persian Gulf War. You can watch a news segment that includes Vester and Brokaw together here:
Vester was at the anchor table the day after Princess Diana died:
According to The Washington Post, Vester was a “Fulbright student fellow who had pursued graduate studies in Arabic and the Middle East, Vester had reported for NBC from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait during the first Gulf War.”
Vester’s wedding announcement says she “graduated magna cum laude from Boston University and also from the Sorbonne in Paris. She studied Middle East politics in Egypt as a Fulbright scholar.”
After her time at NBC, she transitioned to Fox News, where she worked as an anchorwoman. “She left NBC in 1999 and went on to anchor her own show on Fox News through 2006,” Variety reported.
2. Linda Vester Married the Son of the Famous Baseball Player, Hank Greenberg
Linda Vester married Glenn Hank Greenberg in 2001, according to the wedding announcement in The New York Times. The announcement states that Vester’s husband is the son of Hank Greenberg, the famous baseball player. You can see a photo of Vester and her husband here.
According to the Baseball Hall of Fame website, Hank Greenberg, who played for the Detroit Tigers, “is widely regarded as one of the best hitters ever.” Moneyweek labeledGlenn Greenberg as one of the world’s best investors.
At the time of the announcement, Vester was an anchorwoman for Fox News Channel in Manhattan. Her father was director of medical research at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, and her mother was a nurse and malpractice claims investigator.
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She was 35 and her husband was 54 at the time of the marriage and was a “managing director of Chieftain Capital Management in Manhattan” at the time. His mother was an art collector and a daughter of the chairman of the Gimbel Brothers department store, according to the announcement. The Gimbel family was so wealthy they even acquired Saks Fifth Avenue. “Her family owned the old Gimbel’s department stores,” reported IMDB of Glenn Greenberg’s mother.
Glenn was divorced at the time of the marriage (from a woman named Judith Bruce), and he and Vester met on a blind date. Greenberg was impressed that she “spoke Arabic and French” and had “covered the Persian Gulf War, and wars in Rwanda and Somalia,” according to the wedding announcement. He won her over by serving her “herbal tea by a crackling fire” as he played the guitar, it says.
The couple runs a charitable foundation in New York. They also donated $10 million to create a teaching space at Yale University called the Linda and Glenn H. Greenberg Engineering Teaching Concourse.
In 2014, Stockopedia reported of Glenn Greenberg: “Once named as ‘the next Buffett’, Greenberg’s returns over the past few decades have been almost second-to-none.” He runs a firm called Brave Warrior.
3. Vester Left Television News to Run ‘Mommy Inc.’ & Founded a Website Devoted to Motherhood
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SOURCE: Heavy. – Jessica McBride