Top 50 Power Women – 2016

Kristen Shaughnessy/New York 1

Kristen Shaughnessy has been with NY1 since 1995 as the station’s weekend anchor and breaking news reporter.

Shaughnessy graduated from Hofstra University with a B.A. in Communications in 1990. She started out in radio and then went on to an upstate NY television station before working for NY1. Ironically, she grew up in a house without a TV. After her family’s television broke, they decided reading was a better option.

During the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, Shaughnessy was one of the first reporters on scene. She arrived before the first tower fell. Due to the loss of cell phone service, she found the nearest pay phone to report back to the studio. Mid-way through the conversation, she had to drop the phone and run as the tower came down.

Kristen worked first in radio and then at a television station in upstate New York before coming to NY1.

Kristen is married to Joe Bush, a professional golfer. They have two girls. She traces her roots back to the mid 19th century, from the southwest of Ireland.