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Danielle Robay
Danielle Robay Co-Host on Chicago's WCIU "The Jam" and Former Host & Producer on CBS’s Entertainment Tonight/Entertainment Tonight Online; Entertainment Journalist
over 1 year Conversation

Your questions will be answered on Tuesday, September 12th at 2pm ET. To ask a question, click here to create a Mogul profile, then post a question in the comment section below!

Hi! I'm Danielle Robay. I'm the host of WCIU "The Jam" and a former host on Entertainment Tonight Online. 

Other positions where you might have seen me are as a host on NBC 4 (KNBC-LA),  as a contributor on HLN's Dr. Drew,  the TCA's live red-carpet pre-show host for FOX,  and as a LA correspondent on Good Morning Britain (ITV).

In addition, I've appeared on national/international TV shows as a guest host and correspondent; notably, Good Morning Britain (ITV) and VH1’s Morning Buzz with Nick Lachey. My reports and interviews have been featured on CNN, ABC, CBS The Insider, Inside Edition, HBO, The Daily Mail UK., Yahoo, AOL, Huffington Post, ABC 7's Windy City LIVE, and numerous other outlets.

I was born and raised in Chicago, and have been working in entertainment and media since age 17 when I secured my first internship at Chicago’s #1 hit radio station, B96. From there, I landed positions in news and media: ABC 7’s “Windy City LIVE”, WLS radio’s “Roe and Roeper”, FOX47, NBC15, and CelebTV. For college, I graduated as a double major in Radio, TV, & Film and Political Science from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

As my blog, Pop Politics demonstrates, I am very passionate about pop culture. Seriously— I can tell you where Katy Perry went to dinner last night in the same breath that I update you on the situation in the Middle East. However, I love nothing more than a meaningful conversation, a contagious laugh, and a great story. 

Now's your chance to ask me anything! Please write your questions in the comments section below and I'll answer the questions live on Tuesday, September 12th at 2pm ET.

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  • Aweismann
    over 1 year ago

    I read in your interview with 'A Drink With' that you are a feminist. Have their been moments in your career where you've been discriminated against or put down because of your gender? And how do you deal with that?

    I read in your interview with 'A Drink With' that you are a feminist. Have their been moments in your career where you've been discriminated against or put down because of your gender? And how do you deal with that?

    • Erica Kreisler
      over 1 year ago

      YESSSS! What makes you a feminist?

      YESSSS! What makes you a feminist?

    • Danielle Robay
      Danielle Robay Co-Host on Chicago's WCIU "The Jam" and Former Host & Producer on CBS’s Entertainment Tonight/Entertainment Tonight Online; Entertainment Journalist
      over 1 year ago

      I am a FEMINIST. Until I really learned what the word meant in college, I was  embarrassed to say it out loud. I always believed in girl power but the word feminist made me nervous, especially in front of men. One day in a college class called Television Criticism I had a professor look at our class and say "I am a feminist and all of you should be too- it means you believe in equal rights for men and women." I am not sure why it took that moment for me to realize it, but it did. And I have proudly claimed the title ever since. 


      I have definitely been discriminated against. I have been put down, looked at differently, spoken to and about differently, paid differently. I also recognize that I am privileged in many ways and many women have it much harder than I do. 

      Dealing with it- this is the million dollar question. It's like saying 'I have a seat at the table, now what?' and it's a position I have found myself in time and again- one I think about quite often. I truly think each situation is so unique that there is no blanket solution. The best one I can offer is that every woman should find a mentor that they can turn to and ask questions. Whether they are in your field, or simply a woman you admire, I think everyone needs someone they can call as a sounding board and someone who has more experience than they do. 

      I will say this, the one universal piece of advice I can offer is something I learned just a few months ago from Oprah. You must always honor yourself, and keep yourself full. Shame comes in two forms 1) Am I good enough? 2) Who do you think you are? For the most part, we each ask ourselves one of these questions depending on how we understand shame. For me, it  is "who do you think you are?". I have always been ambitious and opinionated, and those two qualities can sometimes elicit a "who do you think you are?". I heard Oprah talk about this and say that she realized that she was so full of herself...so full that she was overflowing and had so much to offer others. Now, if that feeling ever comes over me, I immediately think of Oprah saying that and switch into FULLNESS mode! :)

      I am a FEMINIST. Until I really learned what the word meant in college, I was  embarrassed to say it out loud. I always believed in girl power but the word feminist made me nervous, especially in front of men. One day in a college class called Television Criticism I had a professor look at our class and say "I am a feminist and all of you should be too- it means you believe in equal rights for men and women." I am not sure why it took that moment for me to realize it, but it did. And I have proudly claimed the title ever since. 


      I have definitely been discriminated against. I have been put down, looked at differently, spoken to and about differently, paid differently. I also recognize that I am privileged in many ways and many women have it much harder than I do. 

      Dealing with it- this is the million dollar question. It's like saying 'I have a seat at the table, now what?' and it's a position I have found myself in time and again- one I think about quite often. I truly think each situation is so unique that there is no blanket solution. The best one I can offer is that every woman should find a mentor that they can turn to and ask questions. Whether they are in your field, or simply a woman you admire, I think everyone needs someone they can call as a sounding board and someone who has more experience than they do. 

      I will say this, the one universal piece of advice I can offer is something I learned just a few months ago from Oprah. You must always honor yourself, and keep yourself full. Shame comes in two forms 1) Am I good enough? 2) Who do you think you are? For the most part, we each ask ourselves one of these questions depending on how we understand shame. For me, it  is "who do you think you are?". I have always been ambitious and opinionated, and those two qualities can sometimes elicit a "who do you think you are?". I heard Oprah talk about this and say that she realized that she was so full of herself...so full that she was overflowing and had so much to offer others. Now, if that feeling ever comes over me, I immediately think of Oprah saying that and switch into FULLNESS mode! :)

    • HillarySwanson
      over 1 year ago

      I loved this interview! YOU and that blog are fantastic!

      I loved this interview! YOU and that blog are fantastic!

  • PopGirl
    over 1 year ago

    What or who inspires you?

    What or who inspires you?

    • Danielle Robay
      Danielle Robay Co-Host on Chicago's WCIU "The Jam" and Former Host & Producer on CBS’s Entertainment Tonight/Entertainment Tonight Online; Entertainment Journalist
      over 1 year ago

      I feel most inspired by two groups of women. 1) The Trailblazers: women who have risked their own reputations and/or careers to push culture forward. I heard Ruth Bader Ginsburg speak last night. She lead the ACLU's campaign for gender equality, and broke down so many barriers. Women like Hillary Clinton, Gloria Steinem, Pauli Murray, Frida Kahlo and today, Lena Dunham, Tina Fey, Malala, Sheryl Sandberg, Michelle Obama. I am inspired by women who, for lack of a better mode of expression, STAND UP when they are told to sit down. And 2) I am so, incredibly inspired by the young girls who I get to meet via social media, on the street, or at events. There are a new wave of females who are empowered, inspired, and inspiring. The future really is female : )

      I feel most inspired by two groups of women. 1) The Trailblazers: women who have risked their own reputations and/or careers to push culture forward. I heard Ruth Bader Ginsburg speak last night. She lead the ACLU's campaign for gender equality, and broke down so many barriers. Women like Hillary Clinton, Gloria Steinem, Pauli Murray, Frida Kahlo and today, Lena Dunham, Tina Fey, Malala, Sheryl Sandberg, Michelle Obama. I am inspired by women who, for lack of a better mode of expression, STAND UP when they are told to sit down. And 2) I am so, incredibly inspired by the young girls who I get to meet via social media, on the street, or at events. There are a new wave of females who are empowered, inspired, and inspiring. The future really is female : )

  • Amanda_Evans
    over 1 year ago

    What is the best advice anyone gave you and what is your best career advice for others?

    What is the best advice anyone gave you and what is your best career advice for others?

    • Danielle Robay
      Danielle Robay Co-Host on Chicago's WCIU "The Jam" and Former Host & Producer on CBS’s Entertainment Tonight/Entertainment Tonight Online; Entertainment Journalist
      over 1 year ago

      -Be the best version of you: I truly believe that if you are trying to be the best version of yourself, almost everything else falls into place. When you are your best self, your most authentic, loving, diligent, inspiring self, people are drawn to you!


      -Don’t get lost in the weeds: details are important, but they should never overshadow the big picture. What is your main goal? Follow that.

      -I THINK YOU SHOULD JUST GO FOR IT! Go for it ALL! This is the #1 pillar I live by. Every tool we need is within us. Any skill can be learned and every answer is in a book somewhere. What more do we need to succeed? We have everything it takes inside of us to 'Dare Greatly' as Brene Brown says! I don't think I've ever been "ready" for a job I've applied for or taken (I honestly don't know if anyone truly is. You can't really be ready until you get there and do it for a bit). The BEST things in life are on the other side of fear. So I always just go for it.

      -Be the best version of you: I truly believe that if you are trying to be the best version of yourself, almost everything else falls into place. When you are your best self, your most authentic, loving, diligent, inspiring self, people are drawn to you!


      -Don’t get lost in the weeds: details are important, but they should never overshadow the big picture. What is your main goal? Follow that.

      -I THINK YOU SHOULD JUST GO FOR IT! Go for it ALL! This is the #1 pillar I live by. Every tool we need is within us. Any skill can be learned and every answer is in a book somewhere. What more do we need to succeed? We have everything it takes inside of us to 'Dare Greatly' as Brene Brown says! I don't think I've ever been "ready" for a job I've applied for or taken (I honestly don't know if anyone truly is. You can't really be ready until you get there and do it for a bit). The BEST things in life are on the other side of fear. So I always just go for it.

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      over 1 year ago

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  • Tiffany Pham
    Tiffany Pham Founder & CEO, Mogul
    over 1 year ago New York, NY, USA

    You're such an inspiration. What are some key tips you have for being extra charismatic and charming on camera or on the radio? Is there anything you practice in advance or warm-ups you do, in order to have such grace and composure live?

    You're such an inspiration. What are some key tips you have for being extra charismatic and charming on camera or on the radio? Is there anything you practice in advance or warm-ups you do, in order to have such grace and composure live?

    • Danielle Robay
      Danielle Robay Co-Host on Chicago's WCIU "The Jam" and Former Host & Producer on CBS’s Entertainment Tonight/Entertainment Tonight Online; Entertainment Journalist
      over 1 year ago

      Thank you, Tiffany! YOU inspire me. You've created a place for women to connect, learn, share---knowledge is power and Mogul is helping engender that! 


      As for being on-camera or on the radio there are a few tips I've picked up:

      1) One of my mentors said "The person who relaxes the most, wins" and it is very true. People want to feel comfortable watching and listening to you and in order for them to do that, they have to feel you are comfortable!

      2) In tangent with the first tip, BE YOURSELF. Don't change your voice, tone, cadence, or imitate what you think something should sound like. I try to talk to the prompter as if it is my mom or best friend. How would I say this "_________" to a friend? And that's how I try to deliver it. Sometimes with radio you can emphasize things a bit, but that's only because people can't see your expressions so they need a little more umph! lol

      3)Research & Repitition- just like anything else, the more you do it, the better you get at it. And personally, I feel like one of my greatest assets is always being prepared. Whether that means researching the show I am a guest on, the topics I'm discussing, the person I'm interviewing etc. It both gives me the confidence I need to walk into the situation with and I really believe it helps in the situation. 

      4) LIVE- liveness is another beast. In order to combat the uncertainty of live TV I try to always read through what I am reading off of the prompter beforehand. And if producers are writing scripts for me, I always get in to work early and change the script so it's in my own words. If you are a guest on a show, you most likely won't be reading off of a prompter and in that case I would say the best thing to do is to be bold. Audiences perceive and feel hesitation and I think it's important to speak confidently. Who cares if you stumble over a word or two? (i used to care A LOT. When I started doing this morning show I realized I had to throw that to the wind and it all felt a lot better!)

      Thank you, Tiffany! YOU inspire me. You've created a place for women to connect, learn, share---knowledge is power and Mogul is helping engender that! 


      As for being on-camera or on the radio there are a few tips I've picked up:

      1) One of my mentors said "The person who relaxes the most, wins" and it is very true. People want to feel comfortable watching and listening to you and in order for them to do that, they have to feel you are comfortable!

      2) In tangent with the first tip, BE YOURSELF. Don't change your voice, tone, cadence, or imitate what you think something should sound like. I try to talk to the prompter as if it is my mom or best friend. How would I say this "_________" to a friend? And that's how I try to deliver it. Sometimes with radio you can emphasize things a bit, but that's only because people can't see your expressions so they need a little more umph! lol

      3)Research & Repitition- just like anything else, the more you do it, the better you get at it. And personally, I feel like one of my greatest assets is always being prepared. Whether that means researching the show I am a guest on, the topics I'm discussing, the person I'm interviewing etc. It both gives me the confidence I need to walk into the situation with and I really believe it helps in the situation. 

      4) LIVE- liveness is another beast. In order to combat the uncertainty of live TV I try to always read through what I am reading off of the prompter beforehand. And if producers are writing scripts for me, I always get in to work early and change the script so it's in my own words. If you are a guest on a show, you most likely won't be reading off of a prompter and in that case I would say the best thing to do is to be bold. Audiences perceive and feel hesitation and I think it's important to speak confidently. Who cares if you stumble over a word or two? (i used to care A LOT. When I started doing this morning show I realized I had to throw that to the wind and it all felt a lot better!)

  • ErynLynn
    over 1 year ago

    I love your style and try to look at it ever since I found you on Clevver and now I follow you on Instagram. Who is your favorite designer or brand to wear on air? And where did you get your style from?

    I love your style and try to look at it ever since I found you on Clevver and now I follow you on Instagram. Who is your favorite designer or brand to wear on air? And where did you get your style from?

    • Danielle Robay
      Danielle Robay Co-Host on Chicago's WCIU "The Jam" and Former Host & Producer on CBS’s Entertainment Tonight/Entertainment Tonight Online; Entertainment Journalist
      over 1 year ago

      That is so nice- thank you! And I love that you watch Clevver- those ladies and Ryland are my forever friends. 


      As far as style goes, it has totally been an evolution for me. I never really cared about fashion growing up. I always wanted to look nice and feel pretty but I wasn't into trends. Honestly, I think I was just trying to figure out how to dress for my body.

      After I moved to LA and started working red carpets I quickly realized that if I had to step it up. It was helpful to see other women in LA and on Instagram and pick out what I liked and make versions of that work for my body. People I love following for inspo are Marianna Hewitt, Liz Hernandez, Style Addict, Sincerely Jules, Monica Rose, Kristin Cavallari. 

      When I am off-air I have a uniform- ripped jeans (jean or black), my favorite black booties with silver detail, white or blank tank/tee and leather jacket. 

      On-air it's so fun to try different styles out! I have always been curvy so everything I wear on-air has to be form fitting. My favorite designers right now are Likely (similar to Elizabeth & James but way better price point!) Theory, Ted Baker, Ronny Kobo, Michelle Mason, Amanda Uprichard.I've also been wearing a lot of Australian labels for some reason like Nookie and Keepsake.

      I really have gotten into fashion and love clothing (probably too much now) but I firmly believe that it comes from the inside out. If you feel good, you look good. And that's not a cop out, cliche. It's the truth.
        

      That is so nice- thank you! And I love that you watch Clevver- those ladies and Ryland are my forever friends. 


      As far as style goes, it has totally been an evolution for me. I never really cared about fashion growing up. I always wanted to look nice and feel pretty but I wasn't into trends. Honestly, I think I was just trying to figure out how to dress for my body.

      After I moved to LA and started working red carpets I quickly realized that if I had to step it up. It was helpful to see other women in LA and on Instagram and pick out what I liked and make versions of that work for my body. People I love following for inspo are Marianna Hewitt, Liz Hernandez, Style Addict, Sincerely Jules, Monica Rose, Kristin Cavallari. 

      When I am off-air I have a uniform- ripped jeans (jean or black), my favorite black booties with silver detail, white or blank tank/tee and leather jacket. 

      On-air it's so fun to try different styles out! I have always been curvy so everything I wear on-air has to be form fitting. My favorite designers right now are Likely (similar to Elizabeth & James but way better price point!) Theory, Ted Baker, Ronny Kobo, Michelle Mason, Amanda Uprichard.I've also been wearing a lot of Australian labels for some reason like Nookie and Keepsake.

      I really have gotten into fashion and love clothing (probably too much now) but I firmly believe that it comes from the inside out. If you feel good, you look good. And that's not a cop out, cliche. It's the truth.
        

      • RebeccaArtezzi
        over 1 year ago

        i love SIncerely Jules and Liz Hernandez too

        i love SIncerely Jules and Liz Hernandez too

  • Danica
    over 1 year ago

    What's the craziest celebrity interview you ever had?

    What's the craziest celebrity interview you ever had?

    • Danielle Robay
      Danielle Robay Co-Host on Chicago's WCIU "The Jam" and Former Host & Producer on CBS’s Entertainment Tonight/Entertainment Tonight Online; Entertainment Journalist
      over 1 year ago

      Andy Dick was by far the craziest interview I've ever done! He was so out of control...reckless and just nuts. I had to cut it short because he got out of hand. I'm not sure if he was in his right state of mind..

      Andy Dick was by far the craziest interview I've ever done! He was so out of control...reckless and just nuts. I had to cut it short because he got out of hand. I'm not sure if he was in his right state of mind..

  • BrittanyRizzo
    over 1 year ago

    Your blog Pop Politics really interests me. I checked it out and I loved the Will & Grace post. Can you talk more about how you see pop culture and politics intersecting?

    Your blog Pop Politics really interests me. I checked it out and I loved the Will & Grace post. Can you talk more about how you see pop culture and politics intersecting?

    • Danielle Robay
      Danielle Robay Co-Host on Chicago's WCIU "The Jam" and Former Host & Producer on CBS’s Entertainment Tonight/Entertainment Tonight Online; Entertainment Journalist
      over 1 year ago

      THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY- thank you for reading it! Since I can remember I have been obsessed with both pop culture and politics. But I never understood why pop culture was considered 'trash' and politics not so. In my mind, the two have always intersected and I guess they do now more than ever. The social really is political. 


      Pop culture simultaneously shows how far we’ve come and how far we have still to go. It can be both serious and silly, stimulating and mindless. However divided we are as a country, pop culture still links us together: the music we play, the TV we watch, the memes we share—it’s all an expression of our collective experience. We’re all tapped into the same network of stories, which, if we let them, can transcend our racial, sexual, gender, geographic, and socio-economic differences. And that’s POWERFUL

      THIS MAKES ME SO HAPPY- thank you for reading it! Since I can remember I have been obsessed with both pop culture and politics. But I never understood why pop culture was considered 'trash' and politics not so. In my mind, the two have always intersected and I guess they do now more than ever. The social really is political. 


      Pop culture simultaneously shows how far we’ve come and how far we have still to go. It can be both serious and silly, stimulating and mindless. However divided we are as a country, pop culture still links us together: the music we play, the TV we watch, the memes we share—it’s all an expression of our collective experience. We’re all tapped into the same network of stories, which, if we let them, can transcend our racial, sexual, gender, geographic, and socio-economic differences. And that’s POWERFUL

  • Amber_Blynn
    over 1 year ago

    Do you ever feel like you have to give things up to pursue your dreams?

    Do you ever feel like you have to give things up to pursue your dreams?

    • Danielle Robay
      Danielle Robay Co-Host on Chicago's WCIU "The Jam" and Former Host & Producer on CBS’s Entertainment Tonight/Entertainment Tonight Online; Entertainment Journalist
      over 1 year ago

      Wow, I'm so glad you brought this up. I think people, and especially women think about this a lot. I know I did and  still do. Can we have it all? Many greats say we can have it all, just not all at once. I think it depends on what stage of life you're in. In my opinion, there are always sacrifices in life. If you spend more time working, that's less time with friends or pursuing hobbies. If you spend more time going out and with friends, that's less time doing anything else. 


      It seems important to determine what is most important to you, and it's different for everyone. I have always craved deep connection as well as growth (for myself and simultaneously at work). Many times, those don't go together so I definitely struggle with this one. I feel like I've given up some moments with friends that I wish I could have had...some birthday parties, brunches. I think I've also given up a bit of 'fun'. But I also try to make everyone really important in my life know and feel that while I may miss some events, I will always show up when it really matters. I hope they know and feel that!

      My favorite chapter in Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In is when she talks about creating imaginary lives. I remember reading about her deciding not to move to London because she thought, I'll never find a husband there. She ended up not moving, getting married, and then quickly divorced.  I did this a lot the first few years out of college. Not the getting married part lol. But I would make up this hypothetical life. We have to make decisions based on where we are at right NOW and the rest will fall into place. It's a hard thing to do and I still remind myself of that. 


      Wow, I'm so glad you brought this up. I think people, and especially women think about this a lot. I know I did and  still do. Can we have it all? Many greats say we can have it all, just not all at once. I think it depends on what stage of life you're in. In my opinion, there are always sacrifices in life. If you spend more time working, that's less time with friends or pursuing hobbies. If you spend more time going out and with friends, that's less time doing anything else. 


      It seems important to determine what is most important to you, and it's different for everyone. I have always craved deep connection as well as growth (for myself and simultaneously at work). Many times, those don't go together so I definitely struggle with this one. I feel like I've given up some moments with friends that I wish I could have had...some birthday parties, brunches. I think I've also given up a bit of 'fun'. But I also try to make everyone really important in my life know and feel that while I may miss some events, I will always show up when it really matters. I hope they know and feel that!

      My favorite chapter in Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In is when she talks about creating imaginary lives. I remember reading about her deciding not to move to London because she thought, I'll never find a husband there. She ended up not moving, getting married, and then quickly divorced.  I did this a lot the first few years out of college. Not the getting married part lol. But I would make up this hypothetical life. We have to make decisions based on where we are at right NOW and the rest will fall into place. It's a hard thing to do and I still remind myself of that. 


  • KellenDeOrio
    over 1 year ago

    What qualities does a great tv host/ reporter need to have?

    What qualities does a great tv host/ reporter need to have?

    • Danielle Robay
      Danielle Robay Co-Host on Chicago's WCIU "The Jam" and Former Host & Producer on CBS’s Entertainment Tonight/Entertainment Tonight Online; Entertainment Journalist
      over 1 year ago

      Great question! I think you have to be genuinely curious, and truly care about people and storytelling. The best journalists I have met or watched are fantastic listeners and the very greatest have a deep sense of humanity. In my opinion, the BEST ones have a real desire to impact the world.

      Great question! I think you have to be genuinely curious, and truly care about people and storytelling. The best journalists I have met or watched are fantastic listeners and the very greatest have a deep sense of humanity. In my opinion, the BEST ones have a real desire to impact the world.

  • Bethany Heinrich
    Bethany Heinrich Mogul Influencer
    over 1 year ago New York, NY, United States

    Hi Danielle! Have you always been a fan of pop culture? What's your favorite movie and TV show? 

    Hi Danielle! Have you always been a fan of pop culture? What's your favorite movie and TV show? 

    • Danielle Robay
      Danielle Robay Co-Host on Chicago's WCIU "The Jam" and Former Host & Producer on CBS’s Entertainment Tonight/Entertainment Tonight Online; Entertainment Journalist
      over 1 year ago

      Since FOREVER. I like to say that my pop culture knowledge transcends my age- I have seen nearly every TV show...ever. haha. My favorite movie of all time is First Wives Club (I watch it if I am ever sad and it immediately puts me in a good mood). My favorite TV show- there are too many to choose!! 


      All time favorites: Sex & the City, The Soprano's, 90210 (original), 24, Girls, Friends, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Will & Grace, Seinfeld, The Golden Girls, The West Wing

      Right now: House of Cards, Glow, Unreal

      Talk Shows: Chelsea on Netflix, Real Time with Bill Maher, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, The View.

      Since FOREVER. I like to say that my pop culture knowledge transcends my age- I have seen nearly every TV show...ever. haha. My favorite movie of all time is First Wives Club (I watch it if I am ever sad and it immediately puts me in a good mood). My favorite TV show- there are too many to choose!! 


      All time favorites: Sex & the City, The Soprano's, 90210 (original), 24, Girls, Friends, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Will & Grace, Seinfeld, The Golden Girls, The West Wing

      Right now: House of Cards, Glow, Unreal

      Talk Shows: Chelsea on Netflix, Real Time with Bill Maher, Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, The View.

  • Jknowlesy
    over 1 year ago

    What piece of advice would you go back and give your 18 year old self?

    What piece of advice would you go back and give your 18 year old self?

    • Danielle Robay
      Danielle Robay Co-Host on Chicago's WCIU "The Jam" and Former Host & Producer on CBS’s Entertainment Tonight/Entertainment Tonight Online; Entertainment Journalist
      over 1 year ago

      I would tell myself to just 'be'. We are human beings, not human doings. I was constantly trying to 'do' and to accomplish. And while it's important to be goal oriented, I think I missed out on a few cool moments/feelings should I have been more present. The accomplishments pass by you if you don't actively make yourself enjoy them because they move so fast.

      I would tell myself to just 'be'. We are human beings, not human doings. I was constantly trying to 'do' and to accomplish. And while it's important to be goal oriented, I think I missed out on a few cool moments/feelings should I have been more present. The accomplishments pass by you if you don't actively make yourself enjoy them because they move so fast.

  • Julia J Roman
    over 1 year ago

    What qualities do you believe a great tv host/ reporter needs to have?

    What qualities do you believe a great tv host/ reporter needs to have?

  • SarahEssenhaus
    over 1 year ago

    One beauty product you can’t live without?

    One beauty product you can’t live without?

    • Danielle Robay
      Danielle Robay Co-Host on Chicago's WCIU "The Jam" and Former Host & Producer on CBS’s Entertainment Tonight/Entertainment Tonight Online; Entertainment Journalist
      over 1 year ago

      L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara. I've tried every mascara, expensive-inexpensive and there is nothing better!

      L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara. I've tried every mascara, expensive-inexpensive and there is nothing better!

  • mka
    mka
    over 1 year ago New York, NY, United States

    Hello! I haven't heard of Pop Politics before but I'm so glad I saw this now! How did you find a sweet spot to combine such polar topics into one?

    Hello! I haven't heard of Pop Politics before but I'm so glad I saw this now! How did you find a sweet spot to combine such polar topics into one?

    • Danielle Robay
      Danielle Robay Co-Host on Chicago's WCIU "The Jam" and Former Host & Producer on CBS’s Entertainment Tonight/Entertainment Tonight Online; Entertainment Journalist
      over 1 year ago

      Thanks lady! Every time I report on an entertainment story my brain immediately views it from a sociological or political perspective. For instance, when Kim Kardashian was getting a ton of backlash from her Paper Magazine cover, most of the condemning comments were about her being a mother, so how could she pose nude like that? Now, I am not saying I am a huge Kim Kardashian fan, but I felt like on a larger scale this was such a tangible example of how we view mothers in our society. We totally de-sexualize them.


      I see pop culture as this generation’s cultural currency. More than ever, pop culture lives within the context of larger cultural conversations, though the substance may come dressed up as gossip and reality TV drama. Kanye West's views on money and race, people's reaction to Lena Dunham's naked body, Fifty Shades of Grey, all of these pop culture moments say so much more to me than just the moment. They are visible examples of deeper social trends and societal beliefs.

      Thanks lady! Every time I report on an entertainment story my brain immediately views it from a sociological or political perspective. For instance, when Kim Kardashian was getting a ton of backlash from her Paper Magazine cover, most of the condemning comments were about her being a mother, so how could she pose nude like that? Now, I am not saying I am a huge Kim Kardashian fan, but I felt like on a larger scale this was such a tangible example of how we view mothers in our society. We totally de-sexualize them.


      I see pop culture as this generation’s cultural currency. More than ever, pop culture lives within the context of larger cultural conversations, though the substance may come dressed up as gossip and reality TV drama. Kanye West's views on money and race, people's reaction to Lena Dunham's naked body, Fifty Shades of Grey, all of these pop culture moments say so much more to me than just the moment. They are visible examples of deeper social trends and societal beliefs.

      • mka
        mka
        over 1 year ago New York, NY, United States

        I love your term "cultural currency". Thank you so much for taking the time to respond @Danielle Robay ! 

        I love your term "cultural currency". Thank you so much for taking the time to respond @Danielle Robay ! 

  • Danielle Robay
    Danielle Robay Co-Host on Chicago's WCIU "The Jam" and Former Host & Producer on CBS’s Entertainment Tonight/Entertainment Tonight Online; Entertainment Journalist
    over 1 year ago

    Hi everyone! Thank you for these thoughtful questions. I'm excited to dig in..

    Hi everyone! Thank you for these thoughtful questions. I'm excited to dig in..

  • MTFan93
    over 1 year ago Cornell University, Broad St, New York, NY, USA

    Did you ever do acting when little?

    Did you ever do acting when little?

    • Danielle Robay
      Danielle Robay Co-Host on Chicago's WCIU "The Jam" and Former Host & Producer on CBS’s Entertainment Tonight/Entertainment Tonight Online; Entertainment Journalist
      over 1 year ago

      I did! I begged my parents to let me act/audition. I did a few commercials, ads, small parts. But my whole life revolved around theatre growing up. I did all of the school plays in middle school and continued in high school. In high school I started singing more! Somewhere buried deep in the internet are a few songs I recorded haha.

      I did! I begged my parents to let me act/audition. I did a few commercials, ads, small parts. But my whole life revolved around theatre growing up. I did all of the school plays in middle school and continued in high school. In high school I started singing more! Somewhere buried deep in the internet are a few songs I recorded haha.

  • HillarySwanson
    over 1 year ago

    What’s been the most meaningful moment in your career so far?  

    What’s been the most meaningful moment in your career so far?  

  • MollyQuinn
    over 1 year ago

    Have you ever had your heart broken?

    Have you ever had your heart broken?

    • Danielle Robay
      Danielle Robay Co-Host on Chicago's WCIU "The Jam" and Former Host & Producer on CBS’s Entertainment Tonight/Entertainment Tonight Online; Entertainment Journalist
      over 1 year ago

      of course! I wouldn't have said it at the time (it's so painful, isn't it?) but I am SO grateful for all of the guys that broke my heart. I learned so much from each of those experiences. And they each forced me to know myself better and be myself more in the next relationship!


      Also, I'd love to know what you think, but I think the first broken heart is the worst one. Once you get through it the first time, you know you can and will get through it again. During the first one it feels like the pain will never go away.

      of course! I wouldn't have said it at the time (it's so painful, isn't it?) but I am SO grateful for all of the guys that broke my heart. I learned so much from each of those experiences. And they each forced me to know myself better and be myself more in the next relationship!


      Also, I'd love to know what you think, but I think the first broken heart is the worst one. Once you get through it the first time, you know you can and will get through it again. During the first one it feels like the pain will never go away.

  • Erica Kreisler
    over 1 year ago

    I saw you write a blog post on Hillary Clinton when she lost. Why do you like her so much?I saw you write a blog post on Hillary Clinton when she lost. Why do you like her so much?

    I saw you write a blog post on Hillary Clinton when she lost. Why do you like her so much?I saw you write a blog post on Hillary Clinton when she lost. Why do you like her so much?

  • SophiaBrady
    over 1 year ago

    I’ve watched you since Clevver and I really love your interview style. You are very gracious with your interviews and some people make it all about themselves. Just wanted you to know that! 

    I’ve watched you since Clevver and I really love your interview style. You are very gracious with your interviews and some people make it all about themselves. Just wanted you to know that! 

    • Danielle Robay
      Danielle Robay Co-Host on Chicago's WCIU "The Jam" and Former Host & Producer on CBS’s Entertainment Tonight/Entertainment Tonight Online; Entertainment Journalist
      over 1 year ago

      That is a huge compliment- thank you! I get so excited for interviews because I love hearing people's stories. Sometimes, I can't believe I get to ask questions for a living- they are questions I want to know the answers to! haha. 


      I try to pay close attention to their stories and learn from them. I like to be a student of people's lives and learn to live better from their stories. I'm with me all of the time...I love hearing about them! : )

      That is a huge compliment- thank you! I get so excited for interviews because I love hearing people's stories. Sometimes, I can't believe I get to ask questions for a living- they are questions I want to know the answers to! haha. 


      I try to pay close attention to their stories and learn from them. I like to be a student of people's lives and learn to live better from their stories. I'm with me all of the time...I love hearing about them! : )

  • EsserandaRamirez
    over 1 year ago

    What on behind the scenes that we all don’t know about or get to see? I'm a stylist and we do so much that no one knows about or sees. I assume it must be the same for you...

    What on behind the scenes that we all don’t know about or get to see? I'm a stylist and we do so much that no one knows about or sees. I assume it must be the same for you...

    • Danielle Robay
      Danielle Robay Co-Host on Chicago's WCIU "The Jam" and Former Host & Producer on CBS’s Entertainment Tonight/Entertainment Tonight Online; Entertainment Journalist
      over 1 year ago

      Yes, it sounds very similar! I wake up at 2:30AM, and don't stop until 9PM when I go to sleep! 

      Yes, it sounds very similar! I wake up at 2:30AM, and don't stop until 9PM when I go to sleep! 

  • JanaBataglia
    over 1 year ago

    What do you want people to take away from you and your work?

    What do you want people to take away from you and your work?

    • Danielle Robay
      Danielle Robay Co-Host on Chicago's WCIU "The Jam" and Former Host & Producer on CBS’s Entertainment Tonight/Entertainment Tonight Online; Entertainment Journalist
      over 1 year ago

      SO much! The big picture stuff mostly involves the way women are portrayed, viewed, spoken to and about. 


      Other objectieves: I want to ask questions that help people tell stories that inspire people! I hope my interviews inspire people to follow thier dreams, to lead instead of follow. I hope my work helps people challenge their beliefs. And I hope they are entertained. If anyone watching learns something and also laughs I'll be a happy woman.

      SO much! The big picture stuff mostly involves the way women are portrayed, viewed, spoken to and about. 


      Other objectieves: I want to ask questions that help people tell stories that inspire people! I hope my interviews inspire people to follow thier dreams, to lead instead of follow. I hope my work helps people challenge their beliefs. And I hope they are entertained. If anyone watching learns something and also laughs I'll be a happy woman.

      • Danielle Robay
        Danielle Robay Co-Host on Chicago's WCIU "The Jam" and Former Host & Producer on CBS’s Entertainment Tonight/Entertainment Tonight Online; Entertainment Journalist
        over 1 year ago

        objectives*

        objectives*

  • AbigailHarris
    over 1 year ago

    Do you ever doubt yourself? If so, what do you do about it??

    Do you ever doubt yourself? If so, what do you do about it??

  • namisha
    namisha Inquisitive, Avid Reader, Food Lover, Amateur Chef, Digital Sensei
    over 1 year ago New York, NY, United States

    What attracts you to the media industry?

    What attracts you to the media industry?

    • Danielle Robay
      Danielle Robay Co-Host on Chicago's WCIU "The Jam" and Former Host & Producer on CBS’s Entertainment Tonight/Entertainment Tonight Online; Entertainment Journalist
      over 1 year ago

      I love content! Media is a mirror to our culture. My largest goal is to help shift the way women are portrayed on TV, what women talk about and are talked about in the media. 

      I love content! Media is a mirror to our culture. My largest goal is to help shift the way women are portrayed on TV, what women talk about and are talked about in the media. 

  • Marlena Ron
    over 1 year ago Vienna, Austria

    So so excited to have you here! What is the most insightful book you've read in the past year?

    So so excited to have you here! What is the most insightful book you've read in the past year?

    • Danielle Robay
      Danielle Robay Co-Host on Chicago's WCIU "The Jam" and Former Host & Producer on CBS’s Entertainment Tonight/Entertainment Tonight Online; Entertainment Journalist
      over 1 year ago

      Thanks Marlena! I feel so grateful to be here- what a cool platform! I really liked Tools of Titans by Tim Ferris, and Call Me Ted (Ted Turner), My Life So Far by Jane Fonda, and The Wright Brothers by David McCullough. 


      Others I enjoyed: Hitmakers by Derek Thompson, Top of The Morning by Brian Stelter, How Not to Die by Gene Stone and Michael Greger.

      I have so many memoirs I want/need to read too before the year is up! 

      Any books you recommend? 


      Thanks Marlena! I feel so grateful to be here- what a cool platform! I really liked Tools of Titans by Tim Ferris, and Call Me Ted (Ted Turner), My Life So Far by Jane Fonda, and The Wright Brothers by David McCullough. 


      Others I enjoyed: Hitmakers by Derek Thompson, Top of The Morning by Brian Stelter, How Not to Die by Gene Stone and Michael Greger.

      I have so many memoirs I want/need to read too before the year is up! 

      Any books you recommend? 



Danielle Robay
Co-Host on Chicago's WCIU "The Jam" and Former Host & Producer on CBS’s Entertainment Tonight/Entertainment Tonight Online; Entertainment Journalist

Danielle Robay is an entertainment journalist and TV Host. As the youngest TV Host in Chicago, she is currently co-hosting WCIU's new morning show, The Jam. Previously, you've seen her as a host /producer on CBS’s Entertainment Tonight/Entertainment Tonight Online. Most recently, you've seen her as [...]

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