Brianna Keilar is an American reporter and news anchor who works for CNN in Washington D.C. She is the current senior political correspondent and she previously worked as the general assignment correspondent, and White House correspondent. Brianna is also the host of CNN Right Now with Brianna Keilar.
Keilar has won several awards for her reporting. In 2009, she earned an Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for her reporting of the 2008 $700 billion bank bailout. In 2014, she received another award for her coverage of Obamacare’s rollout. This piece will look at Brianna’s relationship with her husband, her family, and her first marriage.
The death of Brianna’s mom forced her husband to postpone his wedding proposal
Brianna was born in Australia in 21st September 1980 to an American mom, Miriam, and an Australian dad, Glenn. The family moved from Australia to the United States while Kelly was young, and settled in Orange County, California.
In May 2016, Fernando Lujan planned to propose to Brianna in the presence of the couple’s families and friends. He’d made plans with Brianna’s mom to combine her retirement party with his proposal. Unfortunately, Miriam passed away unexpectedly in May 2016. Brianna told The Knot:
“He told me that – although it would ruin the surprise – he wanted to tell me that they had been conspiring for his proposal in June. We were supposed to go back to my hometown in California to celebrate my mom’s retirement with [my family] and Fernando was going to propose at Laguna Beach.”
Fernando postponed his proposal and planned one that was more intimate on Independence Day. He went down on one knee on the couple’s terrace as fireworks lit up the night sky. The couple then proceeded to Fiola Mare in Georgetown to celebrate, and got married in Las Vegas on 30th December 2016.
Fernando almost missed the birth of the couple’s son Antonio Allen Martinez
Lieutenant Colonel Fernando Lujan and Brianna welcomed their son Antonio in June 2018. Fernando almost missed out on the birth as the contractions started while he was in Japan. Lujan made it to his son’s birth with 40 minutes to spare.
Brianna raises her son alongside her stepson, Teddy Lujan.
Brianna tried to hook up Fernando with a couple of her best friends before they started dating
Brianna and Fernando met in the summer of 2012 during a post-work happy hour. She tried to hook him up with one of her best friends, but Fernando didn’t seem interested, and so Brianna didn’t press the issue. The pair bumped into each other several times in D.C. over the coming years, but they were both seeing other people.
In November 2015, the pair bumped into one another again, and Brianna tried to hook Fernando up with another one of her friends. Fernando declined and instead asked Brianna out for a date. Brianna told The Knot:
“He picked one of my favorite restaurant restaurants in DC… we hardly looked at our food. We talked for hours. It was a mind-blowing first date. I was actually a little overwhelmed by it from the start. It occurred to me that this might be the beginning of a life changing event. My first glass of Sauvignon Blanc went down unusually quickly.”
Keilar and her first husband Dave French ended their marriage quietly
Brianna and Dave got married in a beautiful ceremony overlooking the red rock scenery of Sedona, Arizona. The couple then hosted the reception in Tlaquepaque.
The pair quietly divorced several years into their marriage.