As a weekend anchor on the Today show, Jenna Wolfe has made a living reporting news from all around the world. But on the morning of Wednesday, March 27, she wasn't just telling the story -- she was the story. In a special appearance on Today and, later, in a blog on the show's website, the 39-year-old NBC correspondent came out as gay and announced that she and her girlfriend, fellow NBC journalist Stephanie Gosk, are expecting a daughter at the end of August.
"Of all the jaw-dropping, head-turning, and eye-popping things I've ever told my friends and family ('I swam with killer sharks,' 'I jet-packed 30 feet out of the water,' 'I scaled the tallest building in Canada'), nothing garnered more shock and awe (and, yes, some tears) than when I told people I was pregnant," she wrote in her blog post, the first of many installments. (No further details were provided about the baby's paternity.)
"Just writing those words -- 'I'm pregnant' -- is surreal to me," she continued. "After all, I was never the kid that ran around playing house. I never had daydreams about being a mom and raising a family...As a kid, I would have chosen raising my adrenaline over raising children any day of the week. But then a funny thing happened on my way to adulthood...I grew up."
Both Wolfe and Gosk -- a foreign correspondent who has reported from "the most dangerous places on earth" -- are noted thrill-seekers. "And yet both of us agree that THIS little girl will be the biggest and best adventure of our lives," the mom-to-be wrote.
In part, that's because Wolfe is a self-proclaimed neophyte when it comes to babies. "I've never changed a diaper. I don't know how to decorate a nursery. I don't really understand what a breast pump is. And don't get me started on the feeding schedule," she joked.
That said, she's ready for the challenge. "Something just sort of told me it was time. Two years into a great relationship we felt like we wanted to share our adventures with a wide-eyed, little person," she explained in her blog. "The more we talked about it, the better the idea seemed. And so in December, we embarked on Operation Baby. And might I just add that despite the morning sickness, it's been the best decision we've ever made."