RENOWNED CBS Mornings co-anchor Gayle King was married to William Bumpus from 1982 until 1993 welcoming two kids while together.

Their son, William Bumpus Jr. has been making strides in communities of color and now many want to know more about him.

Gayle King(R) shared her son, Will Bumpus Jr. (L) got engaged in February 2024

Gayle King(R) shared her son, Will Bumpus Jr. (L) got engaged in February 2024Credit: WireImage

Who is Gayle King’s son, William Bumpus Jr.?

William Bumpus Jr. was born on April 28, 1987, in Greenwich, Connecticut.

William received his bachelor’s degree from Duke University before receiving his master’s degree from Stanford University.

Following his degree, William founded reWerk which aims “to create more equitable opportunities for students and communities of color,” according to their website.

As a founder, William oversees the company’s business operations and helps reach partners and companies to donate to reWerk.

In addition to his entrepreneurial ventures, he is also a partner at Concrete Rose Capital which emphasizes the necessity to close the racial wealth gap.

Who is William Bumpus Jr. engaged to?

On February 26, 2024, his mom, Gayle King, shared that William Bumpus Jr. got engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Elise Smith.

The famed TV host shared behind-the-scenes shots of the heartfelt proposal revealing that Oprah Winfrey helped orchestrate the big moment.

While the details of how or when they met are unclear, Elise also received her master’s degree from Stanford University.

After three years working for IMB Watson, Elise went on to work as the head of the Diverse Leaders Team for NewsSchools Venture Fund.

However, since November 2018, Elise has worked as the co-founder and CEO of Praxis Labs – a company that focuses on diversifying businesses and seeking “to build the most efficacious and impactful learning experiences.”

As per the website, Elise said: “My parents’ fight for educational equity is what has inspired me to fight for access and opportunity.

“Our systems and structures should allow us all to thrive in our workplaces and in the places we frequent everyday — that’s why I do this work.”

Gayle King has two kids with her ex-husband William Bumpus

Gayle King has two kids with her ex-husband William BumpusCredit: Getty Images

What has Gayle King said about her “favorite son”?

When sharing the joyous engagement on Instagram, Gayle King shared a sweet caption.

The CBS Mornings co-anchor wrote: “It has happened! Favorite son @willgb3 has found his person and I now have a favorite daughter-in-law to be: The lovely @elisemariesmith!

“There were a lot of cooks in the kitchen and a lot of planning went into this moment, so here’s some behind the scenes…now just waiting for the date of the wedding!”

This isn’t the first time Gayle celebrated a wedding close to home. Gayle’s daughter, Kirby, tied the knot with her husband in December 2020.



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