CNN’s Abby Phillip Gives Birth to Baby Girl: Find Out the Heartfelt Meaning Behind Her Name

Abby Phillip and husband Marcus Richardson welcomed in their first baby. Find out what they named her and more details about her birth.

By Elana Rubin Aug 17, 2021 9:42 PMTags
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Congratulations to the new parents!

CNN's Abby Phillip officially welcomed her first child named Naomi Angelina Richardson with husband Marcus Richardson on Monday, Aug. 16, per People. The new addition reportedly weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces.

"Marcus and I are so happy to announce that the Naomi Angelina Richardson arrived bright and early on Monday morning perfectly happy, healthy and ready to eat," she told the outlet. "Mom and baby are feeling great."

She proceeded to explain the origin of her baby's name: "Her first name means 'pleasant one' and she is already living up to it and spoiling her mom and dad as a blissfully calm baby. Her middle name Angelina is a tribute to my beloved maternal grandmother who passed away in 2014."

The journalist shared news of her first pregnancy on The Cut's March 2021 cover in an interview with Gayle King. She posted an Instagram photo of the cover on March 22, and said, "I shot this cover when I was 4 months pregnant and I can't wait to tell my baby girl that she was on the cover of a magazine."

"There are no words," she continued.

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"The experience of pregnancy has only made me become more in awe of what we as women are able to endure," she told Gayle.


The first few months weren't easy for the journalist: "It was tough: battling morning sickness while balancing a demanding job with long, unpredictable hours," she explained. "But it has been a reminder of what I am capable of—and what so many women do every day."

Abby's life as a new mom will be busy: She's writing a book about Jesse Jackson's 1988 presidential run as well as continuing to host her own CNN show, Inside Politics. Here's hoping Mom's pleasant one is also one who continues to sleep through the night so she can work!

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