Gayle King Named One of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World

Time is revealing its list of the 100 most influential people in the world, including “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King

“I am so humbled,” King said Wednesday on “CBS This Morning.”

When she first heard the news, King said she asked, “Are you sure?”

“I’ve been going to [the Time 100] event for the past 10 or 12 years, and I’m just excited to be in the room. Because as you know, there’s always somebody you want to meet, somebody you want to talk to. And it’s just great to be in the company. So to be one of the honorees is very, very humbling to me. I’m very excited,” King said.

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay wrote the tribute to King, calling her “one of the all-time great broadcast interviewers.”

“What most don’t understand about Gayle is that this perfected proximity to others is a superpower that the best journalists possess. To be present, but not centered. To observe. To bear witness. Gayle has long honed this craft,” DuVernay wrote.

“I was so touched to read her words,” King said, choking up with emotion. “I actually had to read it twice. And it just made me think again how much I love this job and I love the people that I do it with. And it was so unexpected to me. You just have no idea what this means to me.”

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