State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert, who is expected to be named US ambassador to the United Nations, attended Pine Manor College in Brookline from September 1988 to May 1990, the college said Friday.
President Trump said Friday he would nominate Nauert, 48, who is a former Fox News anchorwoman. He praised her, saying she was “very talented, very smart, very quick, and I think she will be respected by all.”
Nauert would replace Nikki Haley, who is resigning at the end of the year.
“Pine Manor College is, and has always been, a community focused on student success — we call it Educating with Purpose,” college spokesman Efrat Zinnar-Shavit said.
“We guide all of our students to find their passion and set out to achieve their personal and professional goals. Many of our students choose a path of service to others, so we are thrilled to have played a part in Heather Nauert’s impressive career and wish her success in her new role,” Zinnar-Shavit said in an e-mail.
Nauert went on to graduate from what was then Mount Vernon College (now part of George Washington University) in Washington, D.C., and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, according to her bio on the State Department website.
Nauert won’t face an easy confirmation. She had little foreign policy experience before joining the State Department 18 months ago. It’s likely that she’ll also be asked to answer for the Trump administration’s scorn for international bodies, including the UN, Bloomberg News reported.
Before working as a correspondent and breaking news anchor on President Trump’s favorite TV show, “Fox and Friends,” Nauert worked as a correspondent for ABC News. She also previously worked as a health insurance consultant in Washington, according to her State Department bio.
Globe correspondent Jeremy C. Fox contributed to this report. Material from Globe wire services was used in this report.