Jenna Hager

Due to her new hosting responsibilities with NBC’s Today show and a last-minute schedule change that requires her to be in-studio on Friday morning, Jenna Hager is no longer able to travel to Tampa this week. However, she did not want a change in travel plans to prevent her from being the third speaker in the LIMELIGHT series.

Instead, Jenna will be appearing live via satellite on Tampa Theatre’s big screen at 8:00pm Thursday evening. She will share her message of “A Journey of Hope: The Importance of Early Childhood Education and Giving Back,” and answer questions submitted by the audience, just as she would if she were here in person.

We are excited to add that Tampa Bay Times columnist and WEDU-PBS on-air personality Ernest Hooper will be joining us on-stage that evening to moderate the Q&A.

Jenna Hager is the newly named co-host of NBC Today show’s fourth hour and an editor-at-large for Southern Living magazine. She is also the author of The New York Times best-seller Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope, which she wrote after traveling to Latin America in 2006 as an intern with UNICEF. Ana’s Story is based on the life of a 17- year-old single mother with HIV, who struggles to shield her child from the life she had of abuse and neglect. Hager remains involved with UNICEF and is currently the chair of its Next Generation initiative, which is dedicated to reducing childhood deaths around the world.

Hager holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Texas at Austin. She is also co-author of the children’s books Read All About It! and Our Great Big Backyard. Hager also co-authored Sisters First, a New York Times best seller.

Hager is the daughter of former U.S. President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. In 2008, she married Henry Hager. Jenna and Henry are the proud parents of their daughters, Margaret Laura “Mila” and Poppy Louise Hager.

LIMELIGHT series subscriptions are available as a three-event ticket bundle for $225 / $195 / $165 (total, including fees) at the Franklin Street Box Office and online at for $239 / $208 / $177 total. A select number of Platinum packages are also available for $375 at the Box Office or $394 online, which include premium show seating and a cocktail reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres and an open bar from 5:30-6:30pm each event night.

While the series subscription is still the most cost-effective way to see LIMELIGHT’s four amazing remaining speakers, single-show tickets for Jenna Hager are now available for $55.00 / $65.00 / $75.00, plus fees. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE 

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