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Abby Huntsman

Abby Huntsman
File:Abby Huntsman.jpeg
Born Abigail Haight Huntsman
(1986-05-01) May 1, 1986 (age 29)
Residence New York City, United States
Other names Abby Livingston
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania
Occupation Anchor/Producer
Television HuffPost Live and The Cycle
Political party
Spouse(s) Jeffrey Livingston (2010-present)
Parent(s) Jon Huntsman, Jr.
Mary Kaye Huntsman

Abby Huntsman (born Abigail Haight Huntsman, May 1, 1986) is an American television personality and co-host of The Cycle on MSNBC. She is the daughter of 2012 presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, Jr. and Mary Kaye Huntsman.


In 2012, during and after her father's presidential campaign, Huntsman appeared as a political commentator for ABC News in Washington, D.C., and Good Morning America in New York City.[1] In October 2012, Huntsman was profiled in ABC News's 'Five Questions,'[2] a part of This Week with George Stephanopoulos. In August 2012, she was interviewed by Brian Williams on Rock Center about Mitt Romney's run for president and her own relationship with the Mormon faith.[3] Previously, she held a position at the international public relations firm Burson-Marsteller.[4]

On July 16, 2013, she announced that she would be joining MSNBC's afternoon news program The Cycle, filling the vacancy left by S.E. Cupp. Huntsman is the second replacement host to join the show, after Ari Melber.

Prior to joining MSNBC, Huntsman was a host/producer for HuffPost Live,[5] the Huffington Post's streaming network. She had also been a frequent guest on CNN.[6]

Jon Huntsman campaign

Huntsman worked on her father's 2012 campaign as a media advisor and surrogate.[7] On the campaign trail Abby, along with her sisters Liddy and Mary Anne, earned attention for their social media presence. The Huntsman Daughters were profiled by The New Yorker,[8] GQ,[7] and BuzzFeed.[9]

Personal life

Huntsman was born in Pennsylvania.[10] She grew up in Utah but has spent many years living in Asia, most recently Beijing.[11] She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008, with a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE). In 2010, she married her college sweetheart, Jeffrey Bruce Livingston.[12]

She, along with Meghan McCain and Margaret Hoover released an ad in early 2013 in support of gay marriage. "I think it's a generational issue, and I think over time you're going to see more and more Republicans support the freedom to marry. I'm happy and proud of that movement."[13]


  1. ^ "Huntsman daughter parlays campaign into media gigs | The Salt Lake Tribune". Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  2. ^ "Five Questions ‘This Week’: Abby Huntsman - ABC News". 2012-10-26. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  3. ^ "Huntsman clarifies mysteries of Mormon church - Video on". Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  4. ^ "PressReleases - Burson-Marsteller Hires Slate of Top Media". 2012. 
  5. ^ "Abby Huntsman". Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  6. ^ "Abby Huntsman: Mitt Romney won't pick dad, Jon Huntsman, to be VP – CNN Press Room - Blogs". 2012-04-19. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  7. ^ a b Alex PappademasPhotographs by Danielle Levitt. "Jon Huntsman's Daughters, Mary Anne, Liddy, and Abby - GQ January 2012: Politics". GQ. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  8. ^ Lizza, Ryan. "Are Jon Huntsman’s Daughters Helping his 2012 Campaign?". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  9. ^ "The Huntsman Daughters: A Guide". 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  10. ^ Magid, Judy (2005-09-12). "Open House: Public mansion not always ideal .. | The Salt Lake Tribune". Retrieved 2013-08-02. 
  11. ^ "Abby Huntsman Livingston". Retrieved 2012-12-13. 
  12. ^ "Abigail Huntsman, Jeffrey Livingston". The New York Times. August 27, 2010. Retrieved April 24, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Meghan McCain, Margaret Hoover and Abby Huntsman star in GOP gay marriage ads". On Top Magazine. Retrieved 2013-06-13. 

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