MEDIA
07/29/2008 03:40 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Fox Anchor Jodi Applegate Set To Announce Shocking Family Secret ON AIR

The New York Post's Michael Starr reports that Jodi Applegate, former MSNBC and NBC personality and veteran of local morning broadcasts across the country (including New York's "Good Day New York," where she currently anchors) is set to announce a shocking family secret on the air tomorrow:

Applegate's mother, Margaret, died in 1981 of breast cancer when Jodi was only 17. When she passed away, a family secret was supposed to have gone with her.

"In late 1963, she found herself pregnant and not married, which was a real scandal in those days, especially if you were Irish-Catholic," says Applegate, especially in Wheeling, W. Va.

"She hid her pregnancy, disappeared for several months and returned with a baby she said she'd gotten at an orphanage.

"She said, 'I'm going to keep her and adopt her' . . . It was a story that allowed her to live in that town and go to that church."

Applegate grew up believing she was adopted. Eventually, her mother married, but never had any more children.

Read the entire article, including how Jodi found out the truth and why she's going public, here at the New York Post website.
Applegate is also the anchor seen publicly scolding bike thief pranksters who pretended to be injured during an on-air demonstration here.