Cat Greenleaf is a mom, wife, exceptionally loyal friend, city dweller, country girl, dumpster diver, real estate dabbler, CEO, adoption advocate, pet collector and, yes, TV host who recently, and happily, turned 42. The only thing she still wants is more than 24 hours in each day to experience everything there is.
Cat is not a natural blond, though she believes she should be. She is, however, the proud mom of her two sons Primo, 5, and Truman, 2, and counts their birth mothers among the most graceful and selfless women she’s ever encountered. Cat’s also convinced that her husband, Michael Rey, walks on water. He’s an investigative producer for 60 Minutes and a begrudging accomplice in the collection of pets.
A family woman to the bone, Cat really hit the “work from home” jackpot when she created Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf, where she interviews celebrities on the stoop of her Brooklyn brownstone. It was both a whim and a gamble for NBC and Cat, but after three Emmys, that bet has certainly paid off. The show now airs in the top nine markets, and between broadcast, digital, and platforms like taxi cabs and gas pumps, Talk Stoop is viewed nearly 12 million times a week.
In 2013, Talk Stoop took to national cable airwaves as USA, cable’s #1 channel in daytime and primetime, made Cat (and her stoop) the face of their daytime block. Between her regular show and the pieces she does for USA, some big-name behinds have graced the stoop, including Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Don Cheadle, Woody Harrelson, Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Arianna Huffington, Claire Danes, Katey Sagal, every Kardashian you could imagine, Wilco, the Muppets, Eva Longoria, Jenny McCarthy, Jerry Springer, Elliot Spitzer, Jesse Jackson, Rahm Emmanuel, Heather Graham, Lisa Kudrow, Mike Tyson, Martha Stewart, James Spader, Howie Mandel, Alan Cumming, and Michael J. Fox. Her proudest moment among many on the stoop was when Oliver Stone told her “You’re no New York Times, sweetheart. Sorry for calling you sweetheart.” Another was reciting the Gettysburg Address with her son Primo for Ken Burns. Her favorite piece of professional advice came from stoop guest Brooke Shields who told her to “go where the water’s warm.”
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Cat has locked lips with one and only one of her stoop guests: Ed Asner. Unfortunately (or fortunately for those of us with a gag reflex) that sequence ended up on the cutting room floor). Her dream guest is still her dad but then again, do we really want to know what our parents actually think of us?
Cat got her start in broadcast as an airborne traffic reporter for KGO radio in San Francisco and then worked her way into a features reporting gig on New York’s NBC affilliate WNBC. Along the way, she hosted cable shows Craftlab, Vacation Home Search and Chasing History Home before finally landing her dream job of hanging out at home and chatting over coffee, only with a camera rolling.
Another cause Cat holds very dear is adoption, particularly that of children in the foster care system, and she is an ambassador for two organizations that champion foster kids: CASA NY and Spence Chapin. If Cat had her way, everyone who wanted to would be able to afford adoption and every child would have a family.
Cat also created a company called LUST, an acronym for Look Up Stop Texting. The LUST mission is to encourage people to put the phone down, look up, and LIVE. Rather than burying our heads in smartphones all day, LUST reminds us to appreciate and experience the world around us in all of its beauty and ugliness. LUST products have been sold at Macy’s in NYC, and Fred Segal in LA.
Cat was raised in New York and Los Angeles and spent some time living in San Francisco, Brazil and India, but the place she’d rather be more than anything is the Airstream trailer outside of her cabin in upstate New York. If the trailer’s a-rocking, it means she’s in there practicing her ukelele.
I have something to say, well a lot of things to say. Grab a coffee of)or a drink) and follow along as I explore all the juicy little things that make life great.