Ainsley Earhardt Net Worth, Bio, Career & Personal Life

Ainsley Earhardt is a famous American journalist, author, and TV host. She is known for co-hosting “Fox & Friends” and has won awards for her work.

One notable story she covered was after the September 11 attack about South Carolina middle school students who raised a lot of money to help firefighters. The students raised almost half a million dollars to buy a new fire truck, replacing one lost at the World Trade Center site.

Ainsley Earhardt Net Worth

Ainsley Earhardt has earned a decent living from her career.

As reported by Glassdoor, the average annual salary of an American journalist is $59k to 110k. 

However, Earhardt is no ordinary journalist and is believed to earn more than average.

In addition to her Journalism career, Earhardt makes money from her book sales and other sources of income. Overall, Earnhardt is said to have an estimated net worth of $6 million.

Profile Summary

Full Name Ainsley Hayden Earhardt
Age47 years old
Date of BirthSeptember 20, 1976
Place of BirthSpartanburg, South Carolina
OccupationJournalist, TV host and Author
ParentsLewie Wayne Earhardt and Dale Elise (Giles) Earhardt
SiblingsElise Giles Earhardt and Trenton Graham Earhardt
Ex-HusbandsKevin McKinney
Will Proctor
1.73 m
173 cm
X (formerly Twitter)

Ainsley Earhardt Biography

Ainsley Earhardt was born on September 20, 1976, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA to a Christian family. She is currently 47 years years old.

Ainsley is the daughter of Lewie Wayne Earhardt and Dale Elise (Giles) Earhardt. Also, she has an older sister named Elise Giles Earhardt and a younger brother named Trenton Graham Earhardt.

Education-wise, Ainsley graduated from Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina, in 1995. After that, she pursued higher education at the University of South Carolina, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism.

Professional Career

Ainsley Earhardt began her professional career as a reporter for WLTX, the local CBS station in Columbia, South Carolina, even before completing her education at the University of South Carolina. Prior to that, her first job was in a Hallmark store.

From 2000 to 2004, she served as the morning and noon anchor. In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, Earhardt covered South Carolina middle school students’ fundraising efforts for firefighters, which gained attention.

In 2005, she moved to San Antonio, Texas, anchoring weekday morning and noon newscasts at KENS-TV.

During her time in Texas, Earhardt completed a half-marathon in Austin, went skydiving with the U.S. Army’s Golden Knights, and flew in an F-16 with the United States Air Force Thunderbirds.

A significant turn in her career came in 2007 when Earhardt moved to New York City to join Fox News Channel. Initially unfamiliar with politics, she became a prominent figure, co-hosting “Fox & Friends” since 2016.

Notably, President Donald Trump frequently mentioned the show on Twitter during the early months of his presidency. Earhardt has interviewed both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence.

While praised by some for her contributions, Earhardt has faced criticism for certain statements.

Notably, she made inaccurate statements about historical events, defended controversial decisions by the Trump administration, and faced backlash for mischaracterizing a Christmas tree as a symbol of Hanukkah in December 2021.

Her accomplishments in her career have been featured in several influential magazines, including POWER Magazine’s 2022 spring issue and South Magazine’s 2020 winter issue.

Awards and Recognitions

Ainsley Earhardt has received notable recognition for her achievements. She was honored with the University of South Carolina’s Young Alumni Award. In addition, she was named the School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s 2007 Outstanding Young Alumni, highlighting her exceptional work in the field.

Ainsley’s impact on the media industry was further acknowledged when she was voted “Best Personality of the Year” in Columbia Metropolitan Magazine.


As an author, Earhardt has published three children’s books and one memoir.

  • Take Heart, My Child: A Mother’s Dream
  • I’m So Glad You Were Born: Celebrating Who You Are
  • Through Your Eyes: My Child’s Gift to Me, and
  • An inspirational memoir titled “The Light Within Me.”

As of the time of writing, the books above are available on Amazon.

Personal Life

Ainsley Earhardt’s first marriage was to Kevin McKinney in April 2005, but unfortunately, they divorced in 2009.

Later, in October 2012, she married Will Proctor, a former quarterback at Clemson University. They had a daughter together named Hayden Dubose Proctor.

Hayden was born on November 6, 2015; she is 8 years old. Sadly, Ainsley’s marriage to Will Proctor also ended in a divorce in 2019.

In August 2019, Ainsley was reported to have started a relationship with Sean Hannity, a colleague at Fox News. According to Vanity Fair, this was noted after they attended a wedding together at Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, there were claims that Ainsley hosted her Fox & Friends show from a studio in Hannity’s Long Island mansion. Despite these reports, Ainsley denied any romantic involvement at the time.

Ainsley has two small dogs named Stash and Little Stash.

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