Anqunette Jamison: Morning Pro.
By Jackie Headapohl, Photography: Jerry Zolynsky
Casting and Production: Constantina for Talent Media Services, Creative Director: Deborah Schultz, Wardrobe Stylist: Michelle Hutchins, Hair Stylist: Raimonda Gjekaj-Pepaj for Fiaz Salon & Spa, Make-Up Stylist: Sigal Levine, Camera Assistant: Ron Shelton, Special thanks to Scott Shuptrine, Royal Oak
Anqunette Jamison, co-anchor of FOX 2 Morning News, wakes up about 3 a.m. and is at work by 4 a.m. She does her own hair and makeup (“I can get everything done in 8 minutes,” she says) and is on the air by 5 a.m. before most people have even rolled out of bed.
The transplanted Hoosier from Gary, Ind., came to Detroit seven years ago via a transfer from Boston, where she helped to launch the FOX morning news program there. “I’ve known since second grade that I wanted to be a journalist,” she says. “I really like telling stories.” She earned a degree in radio-television and journalism from Butler University in Indianapolis.
She met her Russian-born husband, Richard, on Match.com. “We went out to lunch, and that was it. He was the only date I ever met online. We’ve been married five years.”
Anqunette has two stepsons, ages 20 and 17, and two dogs, Chico and Zayka, who are “pretty spoiled.”
She’s on the air for four hours straight. “It can be pretty tiring, and often the stories are so sad,” she says, “they can get to us emotionally, too.”
During commercial breaks, you’ll find her reading ahead and preparing for interviews. She produces stories for Fox 2’s “Style Files,” a segment focusing on fashion, design, beauty and trends. And on Mondays, she hosts Living the Life, with co-anchors Deena Centofanti, Sherry Margolis and Monica Gayle. The women dive into the issues affecting their own lives as well as the everyday lives of most women in Metro Detroit.
Once the news is done, she heads home. “I really try to focus on what’s important, and while I love what I do, it’s just what I do, not who I am,” she says. “In the end, you only have family and friends. Also, when living with a health issue, your body forces you to put things in perspective.”
Two years ago, Anqunette was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. She said she began to have memory problems and noticed she just didn’t feel right. “I know what it feels like to be tired, but my feet were going numb and my arms would go to sleep while I was watching TV. One day, I fell, did a face-plant right in my kitchen.”
A WebMD quiz led her to seek out a doctor to test her for MS. An MRI and a spinal tap later, the diagnosis was made. Now on treatment, “I’m feeling better,” she says. “I have some good days and not so good days. I take them as they come.
“When I think I have a bad day, I just have to read a news story and chances are someone is having a much worse day than I.”
Her most thrilling moment in Detroit so far? “Getting an invitation to Aretha Franklin’s Christmas party. I was like, ‘Wow, Aretha Franklin knows who I am!’”
She enjoys giving entrepreneurs the chance to showcase their businesses on “Style File.”
“Every day is a different challenge and I learn something new,” she says.
She enjoys speaking at area schools about television reporting and anchoring. “I tell them what you see on TV is just 10 percent of what’s going on.”
Anqunette makes it home to Indiana to see her family every few months, but she says she’s in Detroit to stay. “My husband is settled here and so am I. I hope I’m done moving.” NS
“My wardrobe is my own and I have a lot of clothes. My husband keeps telling me I should get rid of some of the stuff in my closet that I’ve had for 20 years.
“I am a big consignment shopper. My favorite place is
therealreal.com, a designer consignment website. Many of the clothes still have tags on them and you can get great deals — 60 to 70 percent off retail prices.
“I mainly buy dresses — they’re just easier —and I love prints, so my favorite designer is Diane von Furstenberg. I like Victoria Beckham, Etro and I also love Roland Mouret. His dresses are architectural masterpieces.”