“In my office at CBS, I have a painting of a little black girl on a swing, because we’ve all been on a swing at some point in our lives. It’s pretty ginormous — I’d say it’s three feet tall — and underneath it I had a plate made that reads, “Wheee.” That’s how I feel about life in general; I’m just so happy to be here, like the little girl on the swing.”

 Gayle King, How I Get It Done: Gayle King

BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Remember that interview with singer R. Kelly where he acted irrationally and the woman conducting the interview was calm?

You may not remember her name. You may not have heard her name before her interview with Kelly, but you remember the calm composure she had while Kelly exploded during the sit-down.

That woman’s name is Gayle King. If that was your first time hearing her name or seeing her face, it won’t be the last.

You might have heard of one of King’s closest friends, Ophrah Winfrey. Winfrey and King met while working at the same news station. Winfrey was an anchor and King was a production assistant.

Fast forward to now, Oprah is a journalistic powerhouse and King is as well. King is the morning anchor for CBS Mornings. She’s been at CBS for over a decade. She’s interviewed everyone from celebrities to politicians including former President Barack Obama, comedian Dave Chapelle, actor Chris Rock to name a few.

In 2019, King interviewed R. Kelly about his sexual assault allegations. She then interviewed two of the women who had accused him.

King worked for 18 years as a television news anchor for CBS affiliate WFSB-TV in Hartford and had her own daytime program. Before Connecticut, King worked at several other stations, such as WDAF-TV in Kansas City, WJZ-TV in Baltimore, and WTOP-TV in Washington, D.C.

She’s won three Emmys and has been inducted in the Broadcasting + Cable Hall of Fame.

I have followed King off and on since I was little. There aren’t many journalists I know at the top of my head but a name like Gayle King is hard to forget.

FILE – In this Oct. 22, 2019 file photo, Gayle King attends the 2019 Women’s Media Awards, hosted by The Women’s Media Center, at the Mandarin Oriental New York in New York. King is facing death threats following a social media backlash caused by an interview with retired WNBA star Lisa Leslie that concerned the late Kobe Bryant. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP, File)

“Everybody can always get better. So, I’m never under any illusion that, despite the success that I’ve had, that there’s never another rung I can climb on the ladder. I don’t know what that is, but I think that there’s always a way to get better and do better.”

Gayle King