Rebecca Jarvis Opens Up About Motherhood and Husband Matthew Hanson

Jamie Lerner - Author

Nov. 29 2023, Published 1:29 p.m. ET

Rebecca Jarvis and husband Matthew Hanson during an interview
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The Gist:

  • Rebecca Jarvis, ABC correspondent and podcast host, is a family-focused individual.

  • Rebecca and her husband Matthew Hanson met at the University of Chicago, worked together at Bank of America, and got married in 2012.

  • The couple overcame fertility challenges, including seven rounds of IVF and a late-term miscarriage, before opting for surrogacy.

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ABC news darling Rebecca Jarvis is now a mother times two! Many know her as the host and creator of The Dropout podcast, but she has been an investigative journalist and television personality for years. In fact, she was even highlighted in Teen People’s “20 Teens Who Will Change the World” in 2000, and she has done just that, alongside her husband and kids.

Rebecca isn’t just a career woman, despite her successful career with ABC as their Chief Business, Technology, and Economics Correspondent, frequently appearing on Good Morning America. She is also a family woman on top of hosting her regular podcast, No Limits with Rebecca Jarvis. In November 2023, Rebecca and her husband, Matthew Hanson, welcomed their second child after a long fertility journey.

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Rebecca Jarvis, husband Matthew Hanson, daughter Isabel, and son Leo
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Rebecca Jarvis and her husband, Matthew Hanson, got married in 2012.

Rebecca met her husband, Matthew, at the University of Chicago, where they graduated together. However, they didn’t start dating until years later, according to their New York Times wedding announcement. “I remember him as this guy’s guy, always hanging out with a large group of friends and making them laugh,” Rebecca said.

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“She was the funniest girl I ever met,” Matthew said. “There was an enormous depth to her personality and character that she didn’t reveal to a lot of people. I found that very appealing.” The pair worked together at the Bank of America in Chicago in investment banking, which is when they fell in love.

Rebecca Jarvis at an event at The Paley Center for Media on Sept. 19, 2023
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In 2006, Rebecca was hired by CNBC in New York, so she moved while they were long-distance for two years. In 2008, Matthew moved to be with Rebecca, and in 2010, he proposed. “I did not see it coming,” Rebecca said of the proposal. “It was so cold out, and we were both shivering. When he took off his glove and reached into his pocket to take out the ring, it was difficult to tell if he was shivering from the cold or from nervousness.”

Rebecca and Matthew have two kids together, but they had to go through various fertility treatments.

Rebecca and Matthew have wanted to be parents for their entire relationship. They now have two children, Isabel Noemi and baby Leo. Isabel was born in February 2019 after seven rounds of IVF. While Rebecca and Matthew love their little girl, they always wanted a family of four to mirror Rebecca’s own upbringing, which she discussed on Good Morning America.

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They revealed their journey to conceiving Leo in a 10-minute segment, in which Rebecca shared that she had a miscarriage at five months, which is considered a late-term miscarriage. She had been pregnant several times, but could never carry to term. At a certain point, their doctor said that their best chance at conceiving was with a surrogate.

They had never considered this option, but they decided to go for it. Rebecca was nervous that she wouldn’t connect as deeply with her second child. But after speaking to friends, she found a new way to empathize with fathers, who also don’t carry their children in the womb. Now, Rebecca and Matthew have the perfect nuclear family with their daughter, Isabel, and baby boy Leo. Congrats to the Jarvis-Hanson family!

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