Tamron Hall, 52, has had a busy summer. She’s been testing recipes for her first cookbook, writing the second novel in her As the Wicked Watch crime series and planning the Sept. 5 launch of Season 5 of her Emmy-nominated talk show, Tamron Hall. She shares the inspirations behind her cooking and writing and why she loves giving life advice now that she’s in her 50s.
What can we expect on your talk show this season?
It’s a branding of where I am now. The number five in numerology represents freedom and curiosity. I’m really into numbers these days and the significance of different things. I looked it up and I said, That’s it. I proved to myself that I had the fortitude to stick to it and make this a goal and get this talk show going. I never imagined looking at Emmys in my house that say “Daytime Emmy” [Hall has won two such Emmys for outstanding informative talk show host]. You’re free to rip off the mask, which was always the goal of the show — to have guests come on, whether they are celebrities or not, and feel like they were in a space that they could talk about their life while talking about whatever they wanted to promote. And for me, I feel more free than ever to be me, to be my authentic 53-year-old self [her birthday is Sept. 16]. That’s what the spirit of the show will reflect. People telling us how they found that freedom, how they found their authentic self. And it’s not always easy.
Earlier in your career, you hosted the Deadline: Crime series. What led to that?
For many, many years, I was a general assignment reporter, which in the business means you cover whatever’s happening that day — a storm, the weather. At some point in my career, I started to really cover crime. I worked overnight. People would really open up to me. My colleagues would say, “Let’s send Tamron because she can get people to talk.” Many of those people were either survivors of violence or had witnessed it. … Many years later, as a national reporter, I was approached by ID [Investigation Discovery network] to do a show, Deadline: Crime, and really that show came out of a conversation of my years of covering crime, but then the loss of my sister to an unsolved murder. I wanted a show where you recognize that someone's loved one did not come home that night. It wasn't a number. I've never been a fan of the news language of “death toll.” I know where it comes from, but … they’re not a death toll, and they’re not a number. They were someone’s brother, sister, friend.