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Given her work ethic and genetics, it’s no surprise that Claudia Cowan, the
daughter of ’50s movie star Barbara Rush, has landed a prime spot on the most-
viewed and often perceived as right-leaning news station in
the country. It may be surprising, however, to find that this Fox
News correspondent has lived happily in the left-leaning County
of Marin for more than a decade. Cowan shrugs off the irony.
“Everyone has his or her own political beliefs,” she says, “and my neighbors have
always treated me with respect.” She points out that Fox News has two types of
programming: news during the day (her department) and opinion shows in prime
time: “The accusation that the conservative opinions of our popular prime-time
hosts like Sean Hannity apply to our reporting is usually made by people who
have never actually watched Fox.” Cowan lives in Mill Valley with her husband,
Steve Baker, who is a sports agent, and their twins, Ben and Sabrina, both eighth-graders at Mill Valley Middle School. MIMI TOWLE
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1Why Marin? When i became pregnant with twins, moving to marin from san Francisco
was the obvious choice. after discovering the easy
access to mountain bike trails, beaches, and water-
fall hikes, we were sold on mill Valley and still are.
5How did you meet your husband? When i became an anchor in monterey, i began looking for an agent and met steve, who worked at
a firm that represented all of the Bay area’s top
anchors and reporters. he advised me to marry
him and we’ve been together 25 years.
2Stephen Colbert or Jon Stewart — whose show would you rather be on? Jon stewart
is appointment viewing in our house, so i’d say
The Daily Show, even though he loves taking shots
at Fox news — it’s almost a pastime for him. But
stephen Colbert is a great interviewer. tough
choice, but i’d go with stewart.
6Special-occasion spot in Marin? Cavallo Point and el Paseo have everything you could ask
for in a special-event venue. still, a good band and
hopping crowd at sweetwater music hall can turn
any night into a special occasion.
3What are your favorite types of assignments? i enjoy a lively, vigorous debate that allows
for good pictures and intelligent arguments. the
future of gun control is a hot topic i’ve been covering closely. i also enjoy legal stories and courtroom
proceedings like the scott Peterson trial, which i
covered for two years. however, natural disasters
always offer compelling pictures.
7Favorite drink and where you like to drink it? heather russell’s top-shelf margaritas at the mill
Valley tennis Club. or the veggie smoothies at the
new mill Valley Plant Cafe.
8If you could invent a new political party, what would the color and mascot be? i
think i’d need one of heather’s margaritas before
answering that one.
4Memorable moment of being your mother’s daughter? my mother is my mentor, and i
love her perspective. she watches my stories and
gives me feedback — the good and the less good.
memorable moment? once in new York, when we
spotted mike nichols, she saw an iconic director. i
saw the husband of diane sawyer. so there you go.
9Any uniquely Marin beauty tips? Big shout- out to susan hauser and Wendy medeiros,
two of my favorite yoga teachers in marin. and
on days when i want to cut it all off, alicia love at
dagaz salon reminds me that i do, in fact, like having long hair. and of course, Christina Flach, my
go-to stylist for any occasion. M