Zbigniew Brzezinski reportedly died on Friday. One of the top American foreign policy expert, he was an academic, a consummate author and a former National Security Advisor. At the time of his death he was 89.
His death was announced to the world by his daughter Mika Brzezinski. “My father passed away peacefully tonight. He was known to his friends as Zbig, to his grandchildren as Chief and to his wife as the enduring love of her life. I just knew his (sic) as the most inspiring, loving, and devoted father any girl could ever have” Mika said in an Instagram post. Zbigniew Brzezinski is survived by his wife and three children.
Mika Brzezinski is the most well-known of all his children and has been in limelight for a long time. Mika Brzezinski wears many hats and is regarded as one of the top broadcasters in the US. She co-hosts MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
50-year old Mika is also a top-notch author and her memoir All Things At Once became a New York Times best seller in January 2010. Her second book, Knowing Your Value, which examines the role of women in the workplace, reached #1 on the New York Times bestseller list for business books in 2011. Her third book, Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction and My Own, debuted on the bestseller list in spring of 2013. In 2015, Mika released Grow Your Value, which is a sequel to Knowing Your Value and explores the intersection between self-fulfillment, family, and career. Most recently, Mika, along with host Joe Scarborough, was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame.
She has a very long and distinguished career in journalism. Prior to joining MSNBC in January of 2007, Mika was an anchor of CBS Evening News Weekend Edition and a CBS News correspondent who frequently contributed to CBS Sunday Morning and 60 Minutes. She reported live from Lower Manhattan for CBS News during the September 11, 2001 attacks.
She has stood against trivializing journalism and has fought for it. On June 26, 2007, she Brzezinski refused to read a report about Paris Hilton’s release from jail. Her producer Andy Jones again pushed the story as the lead, ranking it over Indiana’s Republican Senator Richard Lugar’s break with President Bush on the Iraq war, which Brzezinski considered more important. After several sarcastic remarks from host Scarborough, she attempted to set the story’s script on fire on the air, but was physically prevented from doing so by co-host Geist. She then tore up the script, and one hour later, got up and ran another copy of the script through a paper shredder retrieved from Dan Abrams’s office.
On October 23, 1993, Brzezinski married TV news reporter James Patrick Hoffer, now of WABC-TV. They met when both worked at WTIC-TV. They have two daughters, Emilie and Carlie Hoffer. Hoffer and Brzezinski divorced in 2016. In early 2017, Brzezinski became engaged to her co-host Joe Scarborough.
Earlier this month, it was revealed that Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough, the co-hosts of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”, are engaged to be married. Both have children from previous marriages– Joe has three sons and one daughter, while Mika has two daughters.