04/03/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Jane Velez-Mitchell Goes From "Glorified Freelancer" To Ratings Gold Mine On HLN

Jane Velez-Mitchell is a true-crime author, a television talking head, a lesbian, an animal activist, a recovering alcoholic and a vegan. She was until recently a glorified freelancer for Headline News, the sister channel of CNN.

Now she is one of Headline News's nightly hosts -- and her 7 o'clock show is setting ratings records for the network.

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