Mika Brzezinski Biography

Biography by Published on Updated on 23.Nov.2017
Facts of Mika Brzezinski
Date of Birth: 1967 , May-2
Age:50 years old
Birth Nation: United States of America
Height: 5 feet 5 inch
NameMika Brzezinski
Birth NameMika Emilie Leonia Brzezinski
FatherZbigniew Brzezinski
MotherEmilie Benes Brzezinski
Birth Place/CityNew York City, New York
EthnicityWhite Ethnicity
ProfessionTelevision host and journalist
Working ForNBC News
Net Worth$12 million dollars
Eye ColorHazel
Hair ColorBlonde
Face ColorWhite
Weight in KGN/A
Married toJim Hoffer (m. 1993)
ChildrenEmilie Hoffer, Carlie Hoffer
TV ShowNBC Nightly News
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Mika Emilie Leonia Brzezinski who is an American television host and journalist is a well known democratic co-host of MSNBC’s weekday morning broadcast Morning Joe. Mika has fallen into many steamy debates while on air to give importance to hard and serious news rather than news that would entertain people. She has worked in many CBS network’s program before getting fired.

Early Life and Education

Mika Brzezinski was born on 2nd May 1967 in New York City of father Zbigniew Brzezinski who is a polish-born foreign policy expert and former National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski and mother Emilie Ann Benesova who is a Czech descent Swiss-born sculptress.

Mika’s mother is the grandniece of Czechoslovakia’s former president Edvard Benes. In the late 1976 Mika’s father was named National Security Advisor by the then president Jimmy Carter. Mika has two siblings Ian Brzezinski and Mark Brzezineski ( is an American diplomat and the United States Ambassador to Sweden since 2011).

Mika went on to attend The Madeira School and graduated from Williams College located in Williamstown, Massachusetts in 1989. She majored in English after transferring from Georgetown University.


Brzezinski began her journalism career as an assistant at World News This Morning aired by ABC in 1990. In 1991 Mika began working with Tribune-owned Fox-affiliated WTIC-TV/WTIC-DT based in Hartford, Connecticut. She worked hard and promoted to general assignments reporter from assignment and features editor. The very next year she joined WFSB-TV/WFSB-DT based in Hartford which is affiliated to CBS. Then slowly in 1995, Mika became its weekday morning anchor.

Two years after working there she left it and joined the CBS network news cast and began serving as a correspondent and an anchor for the overnight news program titled Up to the Minute. Mika took a short break from CBS in 2000 and started working for MSNBC network which is CBS’s rival. In MSNBC she worked on the weekday afternoon show titled HomePage.

She and her other two women co-anchors were described as “the Powerpuff Girls of journalism” by Entertainment Weekly. Then again in September 2001 Mika returned to CBS as a correspondent and it shoved her into limelight as a principle “Ground zero” reporter for the September 11, 2001 attacks. Mika was broadcasting live from the scene when the South Tower collapsed which gave her report much public attention.

She continued working for CBS News as a correspondant and also a substitute anchor and segment anchor for braking news segments and regular updates. At the same time she began contributing hugely to CBS Sunday Morning and 60 minutes before getting fired.

 On 26th January 2007 Mika returned to MSNBC and began working in “Up to the Minute” news updates. She then filled in MSNBC Live weekdays and weekends by anchoring primetime newsbreaks during the week. Meanwhile Mika filed reports for NBC Nightly News and began appearing on Weekend Today as a news anchor. She has appeared on MSNBC’s morning program Morning Joe as co-host and news reader.

Personal Life

There have been many incidents while she was working in Morning Joe and one of them includes when she refused to read a report about Paris Hilton’s release from jail and when after another news break segment the producer Andy Johns shoved the story before the news about Indiana’s Republican Senator Richard Lugar’s break with President Bush about the Iraq war.

Mika considered the political news important and thus she tried to light the script on fire while on air but was stopped. She then tore the script and an hour later got up and ran another copy of the same script through a paper shredder. The entire cast was stunned and so was the public when it got all over the internet. Many supported her thought of giving high importance to political news rather than entertainment news.

She has shown her gratitude towards MSNBC for treating women equally and stated that she was very lucky to be working there which she was referring to her own $2 million salary. Mika has authored two books till date .Her first book All Things at Once was published in January 2010 by Weinstein Books. This book of hers focuses on helping women of all ages to confront the unique professional and personal challenges which will help them to balance both perfectly.

Her second book titled “Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You’re Worth” was published a year later by Weinstein Books which talked about her own personal story. Mika is also the cousin of famous author Matthew Brezinski.

Net Worth and Body Measurements

Mika stands tall at the height of 5 foot 6 inches and weighs 132 pounds and has a perfect body shape. If calculating her success in monetary terms Mika’s net worth is 8 million dollars. She married TV news reporter James Hoffer in 1993 and have been happy together since then.

The couple met while working at WTIC-TV and instantly fell in love after a few dates. Mika and husband are parents to their two children. There seems to be no sign of divorce as the two seem happy while out in public and they have recently purchased a beautiful 1920’s English Tudor-style house located in Bronxville.