Many Fox Business viewers enjoyed watching the perky, Wall Street-wise former anchor on “Money for Breakfast” from 2007 to 2009, But Glick has been largely out of the public eye since she left the network two years ago when her contract expired. (Fox Business, like MarketWatch, is owned by News Corp.
She had also been well known from her many years of work on CNBC
and NBC’s “Today” show.
“I just dropped off the face of the earth,” Glick told me over breakfast in Manhattan. When you hear about her harrowing family saga, you can understand why television work was no longer a priority.
Glick, who is currently helping to lead a nonprofit boosting nutrition in schools while combating childhood obesity, has come all the way back from a family crisis that left her husband in awful shape.
Shortly after she left Fox, her husband, a vigorous man who had been a collegiate wrestler, had agonizing back problems and could barely walk. “We were in a panic and we didn’t know how to explain it to our kids, when we didn’t have the answer.” Glick said.
The Glicks went to several hospitals in the New York area, trying to understand what had happened. The pain got so bad that her husband couldn’t even lie still during an MRI. She was frightened by his deterioration.
“He became incoherent because the doctors had to keep sedating him.” she recalled. “I’d been with him for 15 years and I’d never seen him like that.”
Finally, he could undergo a procedure at the Hospital for Special Surgery in Manhattan that sent him on the road to a recovery. “Pieces of his discs separated and basically they traveled up his spine and into the nerve column. He couldn’t do physical therapy until (last) March,” she said.
Her husband, who owns his own business, has returned to work. Glick told me: “This experience changed us in ways we’ll never forget. We learned so much. I take nothing for granted now.”
The ordeal also altered her life outlook. “I had been getting up at four in the morning for years to go to work,” she mused. “One day, my father said to me, ‘Ali, you’ve been a raving lunatic for years. Now, take a deep breath.’”
Her 9-year-old son hammered home the point one morning when she walked him to school. “He turned and said to me, ‘Mommy, this is the fifth day you’ve ever taken me to school.’ When I pulled the knife out of my heart, I knew it was time to stop.”
Does she miss being on TV? Well, of course. “I do miss it, definitely!” she shot back. “Talking about the deficit, the jobs situation, the economy — those subjects are right in my wheelhouse,” said Glick, who had worked for Morgan Stanley on Wall Street before making the move to TV news.
I had a feeling that Glick might want to get back in the TV news game at some point. Is it fair to say you’ll be back? I asked her. She smiled that familiar grin and nodded. “I will be back on TV.”
For now, her preoccupation is working for the GENYOUth foundation. New York public-relations leader Richard Edelman recruited her to be the CEO of the nonprofit group.
It’s a nationwide movement dedicated to reversing childhood obesity rates and enlists participation by health, business, government, education and community relations leaders.
The flagship program is “Fuel Up to Play 60.” The “fuel up” part relates to the involvement of dairy farmers and “60” is the number of minutes of physical activity that children should have each day.
Plus, there are 60 minutes in a football game. The National Football League is a partner, too. in helping Glick to reach students, teachers and administrators around the United States.
“Why wouldn’t I go and do this?” said Glick, the mother of three children, aged 9, 7, and 4. “I can help affect real change in a terrible epidemic. This is the hardest and most rewarding job I’ve ever had. I’ve been on more planes than ever.”
Glick, a fanatical sports fan who could go toe to toe talking shop with anyone on ESPN, enjoys working with current and former NFL players. She also gets to hobnob with the league brass. “I think I have a crush on Roger Goodell,” she laughed, referring to the NFL commissioner.
Glick waved off my question about the three-year plan for her life. After what she has been through, she has learned how her life can change drastically without a warning.
“I live with not knowing what the plan is,” she said. “I find that the challenge of the unknown is exciting.”
Fair enough. For my two cents, I expect to see her back on the tube before too long. It’s in her blood.
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