Life Enrichment
One-on-One with Gayle King

One-on-One with Gayle King

By Jeyme Colodne

When it comes to multi-tasking, Gayle King has got it down. She may not be the most organized (in her words), but that doesn’t stop her from getting out there and living her best life. Whether it’s behind the scenes as editor-at-large of O, The Oprah Magazine or in front of the camera spearheading “The Gayle King Show” this busy lady shows no sign of slowing down.

We are thrilled to welcome the O You! event to Atlanta this year! Can you tell me more about it?
This is our fifth one, and it really is a way of bringing O Magazine to life for the readers. People get to see Dr. Mehment Oz, Martha Beck, Suze Orman, and all of our great contributors up close and personal. They will do presentations, and then they open it up to questions and answers. People really enjoy getting to see experts and interact with them. Oprah doesn’t always speak at these events, but she is speaking this year. She will close out the program, and I think it’s going to be very exciting. People come to us for inspiration, and I think we deliver that.

Why do you feel it’s an important event for women? 
What can they get out of it?
I always hear from people who attend that the camaraderie is amazing, and the information is great. Last year we had people from all over the world...I met people from Australia and Brazil. People came because they were excited to meet other people who read the magazine. There is something about when women get together...amazing things happen. People come with friends, relatives...a few women brought their husbands as well. It’s just a nice way to connect and reconnect.

“Live your best life” is the motto for O, The Oprah Magazine and the theme for the O You! Event. How does the event bring that theme to life?
“Live your best life” is the mantra of the magazine. It’s what we said from the very beginning when we started 10 years ago. What I always hear from people after they read O Magazine is that they feel better about themselves and are empowered. We meet women where they are, and that’s what I think women are most appreciative of. I don’t care who you are or what you’ve achieved, there’s always room to learn something else, and room to be better.

In addition to “The Gayle King Show” we hear you’ll be hosting “Ask Oprah’s All Stars.” Can you tell us about the show?
It’s getting the best of team Oprah together, and I’m the moderator. Dr. Phil, Suze Orman and Dr. Oz bring their A game. We’ll be working with the audience and talking about the experts’ areas of expertise. We’re taking questions from the audience, telling their stories, and you get the best advice from people who are at the top of their game.

What do you love most about your job(s)?
My schedule is so crazy! I have the TV/radio combination in the morning, then I come to the magazine and work, and then I try to have some semblance of a life which is sometimes very difficult. My daughter said to me the other day, ‘Mom, you are working harder than you ever have. Aren’t you supposed to be slowing down?’ I thought about what she said for a second, and I’m really glad to be working as hard as I am and getting to do the variety that I do. I feel really fortunate to have that. I get to play a role in many different mediums at the same time, and I can’t complain about that.

What keeps you motivated each day?
I’m not one of these people that need to find a specific thing to feel motivated. I feel so lucky to be here. I wake up every day and I can’t wait to get started. I just love life!

What is the best piece of advice you ever received?
I love when Maya Angelou said, ‘When people show you who they are, believe them the first time.’ I have found that to be true so many times. I love how she laid that out, and I’ve never forgotten it.

What advice would you give hard-working women who are juggling a career and family?
I was just reporting about this. Most women don’t even get an hour to themselves during the course of the day because they have so much to do. We have to figure out a way to take a moment for ourselves. Most of the time women are so programmed to do for others...we’re helping everyone but ourselves. I think you have to insist on time for yourself.

What is your favorite way to spend an afternoon of free time?
I love hanging out with my kids, (daughter) Kirby and (son) Will. I’m not really that different from anyone else in terms of what I like to do. I like to hang out with my friends and eat good food!

Are there any goals, either personal or professional, that you want to accomplish before the end of the year?
I say this every year, and every year I fail, but I’m so disorganized. If I could figure out a way to be more organized, I would be very happy, but I haven’t mastered that yet.

What are you passionate about?
I’m passionate about my family and the people I care about.

Starting on October 10, Gayle will appear on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and Sirius/XM, hosting “The Gayle King Show” which airs weekdays beginning at 10 a.m.

Gayle hosts the return of “Ask Oprah’s All Stars” premiering Sunday October 16 at 8 p.m. on OWN, where viewers get their most pressing and embarrassing questions answered about health, money and relationships.