TALK RADIO NETWORK's AMERICA'S MORNING NEWS has named MATT RAY as its new permanent host. RAY has worked as an anchor at CUMULUS News KGO-A and Talk KSFO-A/SAN FRANCISCO and has also worked at KXL-A/PORTLAND and KPAY-A/CHICO, CA.
RAY said, “It is an exciting opportunity to work with the team at AMERICA'S MORNING NEWS ... Our focus continues to be journalism without agenda – the key ingredient to the success of AMERICA'S MORNING NEWS: compelling, breaking news and interviews delivered in a fast-paced environment.”
TRN CEO MARK MASTERS added, “MATT was a natural fit and he tested overwhelmingly positive. His credentials are impressive and we think MATT will take the morning news to new levels of success in the years to come. We are thrilled to see MATT on board at AMN.”
Ms. Holmes has served as senior speechwriter to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) from May 2003 to July 2006, writing on topics ranging from economic and energy policy to judicial nominations and the Iraq war. Before that she worked for the CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which oversees AmeriCorps, and helped build the non-profit Independent Women's Forum (IWF) as economic project director and campus project director. While at IWF, Holmes oversaw and edited the organization's labor statistics guide, "Women's Figures: An Illustrated Guide to the Economics of Women in America."
Holmes, a registered independent, has been a familiar face on television news and talk programs. She has guest-hosted ABC's The View and appears regularly on HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher. In 2002, she hosted Lead Story on Black Entertainment Television, where she interviewed administration officials, journalists and top newsmakers.
Holmes began her career on television as a Fox News Channel contributor and was later a commentator for MSNBC. She has appeared on PBS's To the Contrary, The Montel Williams Show, NBC Nightly News, CBS Early Morning Show and co-hosted PBS's Millennium 2000 broadcast.
From 1999 to October of 2001, Holmes wrote a monthly guest column for USA Today. She has also been published in The Washington Post and National Review. Her political commentary has been cited in numerous national publications, including Newsweek, Glamour, Mademoiselle, Honey and Harper’s Bazaar. In May 2000, she was named one of PEOPLE magazine's "50 Most Beautiful."
Holmes holds a degree in economics from Princeton University