Dara Schmid (Brown) is currently an anchor and producer for MSNBC.com, and a newsblock anchor for MSNBC and CNBC-TV. Previous to joining MSNBC as a journalist in early 2000, she was host of various TV and cable shows, many of which took her on travels around the world. A graduate of New York University, with a BA in journalism and a BS in East Asian Studies, Dara has worked in Japan, China and studied at England’s Oxford University. At the age of 10, she began a professional career in show business, performing in Broadway shows, National Tours, Movies and TV ads. Her caricature hangs alongside Broadway’s finest on the famous walls of Sardi’s Restaurant in New York City.
Dara is no stranger to historic sites, chairing the junior committee fund raising events for four years at New York’s Mount Vernon Hotel and Gardens Museum. She returns to her hometown roots of the Jersey Shore with the Villa Park House.