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April 21st, 2009
01:38 PM ET

AM's surprise arrival

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Happy Tuesday!

How's this for dedication? Our graphics operator, Charleen Toussaint, worked up until the very last second of her pregnancy, literally! She went into labor in the control room during the show yesterday!

After promptly heading to the hospital, she gave us word of her precious little arrival. Morgan Geneva Sharpe. Born at 5:02 pm. Weighing in at 7 lbs 11 oz and 20 ½ inches.


Meantime, imagine what it says about how used to chaos and surprise everyone in the control room is. No one even mentioned it to me out on set! There was a lot of breaking news on the hijacked plane in Jamaica, new econ numbers, etc. So I guess someone's water breaking during the show was just one more unexpected event!

My son turned one Friday and Charleen and I swapped tips about dealing with morning sickness, etc. I am so happy for her and her family. And the most ironic thing about the morning show hours... Maternity leave feels exactly the same. Youre still getting up in the middle of the night. Although there's less crying at home. Or rather at work. 🙂

See you in the morning,


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  1. Fred Robinson


    Happy birthday to your son.. Does he watch AM?

    Please say hi to Christine.



    April 22, 2009 at 10:08 am |
  2. Steven Fannell

    First of all, Congratulations to Charlene on her wonderful miracle!
    Secondly, she does what she does because she loves to;has to; or wants to. Big difference between those three.
    I hope the miracle that she experienced and the love, teaching, and learning that accompanies it will for many years to come help you see and learn more about your own self.
    Good Luck to you! I am sorry that you are on television, but maybe something better or smarter will come along in your future.
    Thanks, Steven

    April 22, 2009 at 12:10 am |