Since the early 2000s, NBC News White House Correspondent Peter Alexander has been interviewing and sparring with US presidents. Even during this global pandemic, Alexander has been busy bringing essential news to people, as has his wife, who has also been involved in serious journalistic work for a long time.
The couple does, however, have parental responsibilities for their two children. So, how are they balancing their anchoring and parenting responsibilities in these perilous times? Continue reading to find out.
With his wife Alison Starling, Peter Alexander has two daughters
Alison Starling, a five-time Emmy Award-winning ABC7/WJLA-TV anchor, is Peter Alexander’s wife. They have been married for eight years.
Alexander and Starling married on the roof of the Newseum in Washington on April 21, 2012. They’ve had two children since then, and both of them are girls. On July 23, 2020, Ava, the oldest daughter, began her seventh voyage around the sun. Emma, the youngest sister, turned five this year on July 15th.
Alexander’s birthday is on July 29th, thus he shares the month with both of his little children. He will be 44 years old in 2020. As a result, Starling, who will be 47 years old in 2020, will be the odd one out in the family, having been born on October 28.
Throughout the pandemic, the couple has been working together
The COVID-19 pandemic has made life extremely difficult for everyone. While the majority of people have been obliged to remain in their houses, some have no choice but to leave even during these dangerous times. And journalists, including Alexander and Starling, are among them.
Throughout the pandemic, the two national news reporters have been reporting from their homes or work studios.
Until mid-March, the pair went to their workstations to inform people about the pandemic. “We are both working today… along with our colleagues, to provide you crucial information during this uneasy time,” Starling wrote on Instagram on March 19, 2020, indicating that she and her husband were working till that time.
In the caption of the photo, she also thanked the vital personnel and her babysitter. “We wish to express our gratitude to the doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and other healthcare professionals for their tireless efforts. “Thank you to our dear Patti and all the other parents, babysitters, and nannies out there working overtime for our children,” she wrote.
As the situation worsened, the couple had no choice but to work from home. Alison set up her workstation at home around the end of the same month and began delivering news from there. They even aired for their respective jobs, Starling for ABC and Alexander for NBC, from different rooms in the same house at one point.
Work-from-home and kids were no problem for Alexander and Starling
The couple’s ability to work from home allowed them to keep their children protected from the infection. However, this meant that the little girls would be present as they worked.
They were, indeed. The kids came into their work stations, where there were wires and bits of broadcasting equipment, for pictures with their parents on occasion. During a live broadcast, Ava even appeared behind her mother on television with a helmet on, ready to ride her bike.
The girls, on the other hand, were mostly barred from the home studios. They generally waited outside the rooms, most of the time patiently. The pandemic had affected the children’s academic situation in addition to their parents’ work circumstances. They had to start attending classes from home, which was a completely new experience for both the spouse and the children.
Alexander’s wife reported on Instagram on September 3, 2020, that there had been numerous issues with virtual learning on that particular day, which may not have been the only time.
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However, Starling praised the instructors’ effort and excitement in the caption of the photo, which shows the two kids with books and headphones, as well as the prospect of similar problems developing several times as long as this situation continues. She also urged people to persevere until the problem was resolved.
Even when the world was on the verge of collapsing, the family found ways to have fun. In one case, the ABC7 reporter took a day off to go on an “adventure” with her children. After strawberry picking, the three-headed to Oatland House & Gardens for a bit. The family also participated in a Monopoly marathon at another time.
Overall, it appears that Alexander and his wife are handling the pandemic scenario admirably, especially given their busy schedules.