Donna Hannover


Donna Hanover

One of WKTV's most well-known alumnae is Donna Hanover who worked at the station in the beginning stages of her career. She gained national fame on the Food Network and became a well-known figure in the New York City media market. She eventually became the First Lady of New York City, being the then-wife of Rudy Giuliani.

Hanover was born in California in 1950 as Donna Ann Kofnovec. She attended Stanford University and then the Columbia School of Journalism. Upon receiving her master's degree, Hanover began her news career at WKTV in 1973. Hanover then went to bigger markets in Ohio and Pennsylvania before meeting her future husband while working in Miami.

The couple then later moved to Washington, DC and then New York, where they were married on April 15, 1984. Hanover began working for WPIX Channel 11 television in New York in 1983 and became a well known anchor. She left WPIX completely in 1990 and did some freelance work as a correspondent for New York's WNYW Channel 5 through 1993. Hanover and Giuliani filed for divorce in 2000.

Also a star as an actress, Hanover had parts in many television shows including The Practice, Law and Order, Family Law and Ally McBeal.

In 2003, Hanover married a California attorney, Edwin Oster. The two dated in high school but had not spoken in twenty years.

In 2005, Hanover authored the book My Boyfriend's Back: 50 True Stories of Reconnecting with a Long-Lost Love, helping people to reconnect with past partners such as she did. She continued to work at the Food Network, co-anchoring its In Food Today program. During 2005, she also hosted the Fine Living cable channel's Homes & Hideaways program.

Recently, Hanover filled in for New York radio station WOR and became a full-time member of the team in February 2006 She co-hosted with Ed Walsh and then with Joe Bartlett as of August 2006. The latter anchor team subsequently won an award for best broadcasting team. In May 2008 the two were replaced in the morning slot by  John R. Gambling, but she remained with the station as a film critic and fill-in host. She also returned to her teaching roots started at Utica College, working as an adjunct professor at New York University's Department of Journalism.

Hanover resides in both New York and California. 

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