Meet Jo Ling Kent, The NBC News Business Technology Correspondent

Jo Ling Kent is blazing a trail in journalism and is known for the most part for her work as a journalist and news correspondent who works with NBC. Her journalism career is one that she has had for a decade and it does not look like she is retiring from the news desk anytime soon. Luckily, the news game, especially in America, has gotten really interesting with journalists being respected for their invaluable contributions to checking those in power and various institutions in a country.

Learn more about the life of a lady who has created a niche for herself in the sphere of American Journalism.

Jo Ling Kent’s Bio

On the 11th of May, 1984, a very happy Shean Yen Janice and David L. Kent welcomed their little girl Jo Ling Kent to the world. They gave birth to their bundle of joy in San Francisco, but she would come to spend most of her childhood in the Minnesota town named Minnetonka. Jo Ling Kent’s father, David, is an American man while her mother is Chinese, as a result of this she is of mixed heritage with one part of her ancestry American and the other Asian. While she was in high school, Jo partook in competitive figure skating and was part of the student government body.

For her university education, Jo Ling attended the William Marsh Rice University, which is colloquially referred to as Rice University. She spent four years there earning a degree in 2006 – a Bachelor of Art in History, Asian, and Policy Studies. This was not her final stop in her educational pursuits. In 2008, after two years of study, she graduated from Peking University – a research University in Bejing, China. Jo went on to obtain her Masters’ degree the following year from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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Jo Ling Kent is multilingual. She speaks English and Mandarin fluently. The other language she speaks is French, although she is not as fluent in it as she is in the other two languages she speaks. This natural affinity for languages may be seen as a pointer to what would later become her career pursuit as her mastery of other languages has proven to be an invaluable asset in her journalism career – especially at the international level.

Personal Life

Jo Ling Kent and husband Scott Conroy
Jo Ling Kent and husband Scott Conroy image source

Jo Ling Kent is currently married to Scott Conroy who works as a journalist as well. The couple tied the knot on the 22nd of August in 2015 after dating for a while. The wedding ceremony took place in New Hampshire at a resort in Whitefield. They have no children yet. Unlike his wife who works on TV, Conroy is a senior political reporter with the Huffington Post.

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Career as an NBC News Business & Technology Correspondent 

Jo Ling Kent has stated that as a child she had the desire to pursue different careers in different fields, but as she grew older she found herself towing a certain line which eventually led to a career in Journalism. A number of people who admire her and the way that she delivers her stories must be exceedingly thankful about the direction that her life took.

Before she became a journalist, Kent spent a significant amount of time in China working as a researcher through a Fulbright scholarship. She conducted the bulk of her research on the impact that legal aid had on the lives of underprivileged women who were victims of domestic abuse. It was while she was in China that her career as a journalist took off.

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She started her foray into journalism as a web reporter working with ABC News. While working in China, the major events she covered were the 2008 Olympics which was held in Beijing. In the same year, Taiwan went to the polls and she covered the entire process for the station. She also reported on the earthquake that shook Sichuan as well as the unrest that took place the same year in Tibet. Needless to say, 2008 was a great year for Ling to have her debut as a journalist.

Since her early days in China covering all those events, she has worked with NBC as an associate producer, and as a reporter. She quit her job in NBC in 2013 and joined Fox News, where she worked as a Business Correspondent. Her job with Fox News was for three years and by 2016, she had left to go back to NBC where she currently works as a correspondent.

During her first years working with NBC as a reporter, she covered one of the most tragic events to have happened in recent American history – the shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. For the work she did alongside her team, they were awarded a Peabody, and deservedly so as that was a pretty painful moment in America’s history that they covered with utmost care and attention.

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