Janeé Bolden: You’re such an accomplished journalist, is there anyone who you haven’t interviewed before who would be a dream guest for your new show?
Tamron Hall: I don’t have a dream guest, it really is about a feeling. I’ve been a journalist for 25 years. I’ve interviewed all types of people, as have you. You can have a celebrity in mind and it turns into the weakest interview you’ve ever done because that person doesn’t want to talk about something. Then you can interview someone who doesn’t live their life in the public eye and that person is opening up and you’re inspired and you identify with a part of them. So for me whether they live their life in the public eye or they’re someone who’s more private, I think it’s more just about your journey and the conversation.
When I was seven years old, I saw Iola Johnson, the first Black woman to anchor in Texas, on my television, and my dad said “that could be you”. When I tell that story that’s a part of my journey. Young journalists, young women identify with that feeling that what you can see is what you can be. For me it’s less about the person than how much they’re going to share about their journey. Yes we have celebrities lined up but we also have people who are ready to talk and ready to have a conversation. I just did an interview with O Magazine and Gabrielle Union interviewed me and she was on my first pilot and she came and talked about her journey with IVF then we turn around and then subsequently she’s interviewing me for Oprah’s magazine and I’m telling her my journey. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love some free Fenty if Rihanna wanted to come on, but it’s not about the person as much what they want to share about their journey and that’s the tone of the show.
We’d love to see her interview Rihanna as well! Free Fenty aside… Check Tamron’s website to check your local listings and find out when you can catch her show!