This image released by NBC shows co-hosts, from left, Al Roker, Savannah Guthrie, and Matt Lauer, talking with weekend correspondent Jenna Wolfe as she announces that she is pregnant during the "Today" show in New York on Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Wolfe, who is expecting a baby in August with her partner, NBC News foreign correspondent Stephanie Gosk, will chronicle her pregnancy experience on a blog. (AP Photo/NBC, Peter Kramer) AP
Former WB17 sportscaster and current “Today” show weekend anchor Jenna Wolfe announced yesterday that she is expecting a baby girl with partner Stephanie Gosk, an NBC News correspondent. The announcement is the first time Wolfe had publicly discussed her sexuality.
“This is the most exciting thing that has ever happened to us,” Wolfe told People magazine, whose exclusive interview with the couple hits newsstands on Friday. “But I don’t want to bring my daughter into a world where I’m not comfortable telling everyone who I am and who her mother is.”
Wolfe was artificially inseminated by an anonymous donor.
After hearing Wolfe’s happy news, I called up Don Tollefson, the former Fox 29 sports director, who dated Wolfe for a little over a year during her Philly tenure. Despite their ex status, Tolly only had kind words for Wolfe.
“I have not only tremendous well-wishes from her as a person. She comes from an absolutely awesome family. She's so good on the air and I've always admired her . . . moxie is such a corny word to use, she has incredible curiosity on the air,” Tollefson told me. “I’ve followed her career from afar. I always said to her, ‘Be yourself because to be yourself is so appealing to people.’ She’s obviously taken that and run with it."
Tollefson is a new dad himself, with three-year-old Gabriella at home. I suggested a playdate between Gabriella and Wolfe’s baby-to-be and he said his girl would certainly be into the idea.
Tollefson is currently the host of WMCN “Tolly’s Awesome Friends,” showcasing local heroes in the community. For more on Tollefson, visit employyoungadults.com.