Professionally Virginia Donald is an American Socialite and TV Personality from Mississippi, the United States who is famous as the ex-wife of an American broadcast journalist Shepard Smith. Her ex-husband Smith is famous for his former role as the chief anchor and managing editor of its breaking news division. Besides, he is the former host of Fox News’ evening newscast.
Virginia Donald entered this earth in 1966 in Mississippi, the USA. She is of Native North-White American. Virginia holds an American nationality and belongs to white ethnicity. Regarding her education, she attended the University of Mississippi in the 1980s where she studied journalism as well as acting.
There she is remembered as one of the sweetest students in the University. At that time she met her ex-husband Shepard and studied together. After she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism, she tried her hand to make her career in the entertainment industry as an actress. She has worked for multiples minor roles in several theaters as well as the TV series.
Her Ex-Husband Career
In 1986, her ex-husband worked with WJHG-TV in Panama City Beach, Florida. After that, he worked for WBBH-TV in Fort Myers. There he worked as a reporter. Then he worked as reporter/anchor in Miami with WSVN, and at WCPX-TV (now WKMG-TV) in Orlando. Further, he was a correspondent for A Current Affair in Los Angeles, California. Later in 1996, he joined the Fox News Channel at its inception.
In the year 1997, he reported about Diana’s death and funeral in Princess of Wales. In November 2000, he was sent to Florida to cover the presidential ballot-counting controversy. The next year, he traveled to Terre Haute, Indiana, to be one of the media witnesses to the execution of Timothy McVeigh. In late August 2005, he spent a little over a week in New Orleans, Louisiana, to provide news reports on the events and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Moreover, he also worked for Fox News as an anchor. At that time, he anchors most prime time news presentations provided by Fox News for the broadcast Fox television network. According to The New York Times report, Smith had signed a three-year contract giving him between $7 million and $8 million per year. At that time, he was placed in the same pay league as Brian Williams of NBC and Charles Gibson of ABC. On October 26, 2010, he renewed his contract with Fox for another three years.
In October 2013 he Reporting began airing in the 3 p.m. ET time slot. In November 2017, he worked as a Fox News host. At that time, he debunked the alleged Uranium One scandal, infuriating viewers who suggested he should work for CNN or MSNBC. On March 15, 2018, Smith came with a new multi-year contract. He worked for Fox News for 23 years since its first broadcast in 1996. He left the Fox News On October 11, 2019.
Net Worth of Her Ex-Husband
Her ex-husband Shepard Smith is an American broadcast journalist who has a net worth of around $25 million as of 2019. Likewise, he receives an annual salary of $10 million per year. On 19th November 2007, Shepard had signed a three-year contract giving him between $7 million to $8 million.
Virginia Donald Life after Divorce
Virginia Donald is a divorced woman. Previously, she was married to an American broadcast journalist Shepard Smith. They met when the pair were studying at the University of Mississippi. It is claimed that it was Shepard who had a crush on Virginia.
The couple tied the knot in the year 1987. Their married life was a happy one without children. However, they divorced in the year 1993 due to some mysterious reason.
As of now, Virginia’s ex-husband is in a romantic relationship with his boyfriend, Gio Graziano since 2013. In the year 2017, Shepard confirmed in a speech that he is gay. Though he never himself as “in the closet”, stating,
“I don’t think about it. It’s not a thing. I go to work and manage a lot of people. I cover the news and deal with holy hell around me while I go home to the man I’m in love with.”