General Facts and Figures
- Full name: Shawn Killinger
- Net Worth: Over $1 million
- Occupation: Journalist, QVC host
- Birthday: November 2nd, 1979
- Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan
- Birth Sign: Scorpio
- Marital status: Married to Joseph “Joe” Carretta
- Kids: 2 stepsons, and an adopted daughter
What makes Shawn Killinger famous?
Shawn Killinger is a well-known reporter, journalist, and media personality who is best known as a popular host at the QVC TV home shopping network. She gained even more popularity when she participated as a contender on “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart” NBC reality show.
Her early years
Shawn Killinger was born on November 2nd, 1979, in Detroit, Michigan. When her father had to move to Mexico City in Mexico, because of his work, his family including Shawn, moved with him. She was 11 years old, and in the next 4 years, spent her time in a local school, and managed to master the Spanish language.
Later on, Shawn Killinger graduated from the International American School Foundation and then proceeded to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing at Penn State University.
During her studies at PSU, Killinger reportedly spent some time working at the World Health Organization and the International Labor Organization in Switzerland, Europe.
Shawn Killinger’s Journalism and TV career
After graduating from Pen State University, Killinger moved to New York City, where she began pursuing a career in journalism.
Her first steps in broadcasting were at the CBS Television Network, where she worked for 2 years as a reporter for different shows, including “CBS 60 Minutes”, “The Late Show with David Letterman,” as well as for the “Evening News with Dan Rather.”
Through the years, Shawn Killinger continued developing her reporting and journalism skills by working at several other different TV stations, including WKMG-TV, a CBS affiliate TV station in Albany, as well as in New York, Florida and Orlando.
She also appeared as a co-anchor for the CBS Channel 6 Morning News for some time.
Overall, she has been actively working as a journalist, broadcaster, and TV host since 1995.
Her participation in “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart”
Shawn Killinger gained nationwide popularity in 2005 when she was chosen as one of 16 competitors in the NBC reality series “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart” from tens of thousands of applicants from around the USA.
The reality show depicted Martha Stewart testing the 16 participants for their various skills, including media, entertainment, design, culinary expertise and style to find the perfect apprentice for her business.
The competitors were divided into two competing teams and were given weekly assignments and quests to compete while battling for the spot of the apprentice of business tycoon Martha Stewart.
Shawn Killinger made it to the third week of the show when Martha Stewart dismissed her following her alleged statement “Fake it till you make it” while filming the reality series and preparing for a quest.
Even though Shawn Killinger was dismissed early on from the popular show, and won nothing material, her fame and popularity grew throughout the country.
She actually joined Martha Stewart later on to promote a QVC apparel line.
Life as a QVC host
Shawn Killinger started working for the leading US TV shopping network giant QVC in 2007. Since then, she has established herself as one of the faces of the broadcast, cable, and satellite shopping network.
She is a program host with daily online live appearances and hosts four hour TV shopping broadcasts which are unscripted, and yet manages to keep the viewers entertained, and the sales volumes growing.
Killinger is also the host of the annual Oscars red carpet beauty coverage “Live from L.A.,” as well as the yearly coverage of NYC fashion week.
Through the years at QVC, she has established herself as a primetime lifestyle, beauty, and fashion authority.
She is also a famed philanthropist, who has been highly active in the Make-A-Wish Foundation since 2008 as a wish granter meeting children with terminal diseases.
Her net worth
Through the years, Killinger has earned a net worth of over $1 million. Her salary as a QVC host is over $150,000 per year.
Her personal life
Shawn Killinger is married to consultant and Executive Director of one of the largest assisted living providers „Sunrise Senior Living, “Joseph “Joe” Carretta.
The couple reportedly met through social media and still shares sweet posts online about their relationship. They were married in 2013.
Shawn and Joe have two sons from Joseph’s previous relationships and adopted a daughter after Killinger suffered a miscarriage in 2014. Shawn tragically lost her unborn daughter when she was 5 months pregnant.
She and her husband went on to adopt their daughter 3 years later in 2017.
Today, the couple lives in West Chester, Pennsylvania, with their three children.
The cancer rumors
There have been ongoing rumors for some time that Shawn Killinger is suffering from cancer. None of these rumors have been confirmed by her or by anybody associated with her.
Some sources claim that she was diagnosed with cancer but managed to overcome the disease and is cancer-free.
The TV host posted a sweet Father’s day post and photo of her grandfather, who managed to beat pancreatic cancer at the age of 80.
Controversies surrounding Killinger
Shawn Killinger, who is now 41 years old, has a toned body, with a height of 5ft 5inches, and an approximate weight of about 110 lbs. Her body measurements are 33-24-33 inches, which along with her beautiful hair and face, make her quite camera friendly.
The 41-year-old TV host regularly posts on the most popular social media platforms. Her official Instagram account is @shawnkillingerqvc, and she has a massive following of 87.5K people. She had an impressive audience on Twitter as well, where she was very active until 2015.
Her Facebook profile https://www.facebook.com/ShawnKillingerQVC/ has over 153,900 likes and more than 155,500 followers.
It seems that the stars have aligned perfectly for the famous media persona Shawn Killinger, so hopefully, we will be seeing much more of her in the future years.