CNN Royal Commentator Victoria Arbiter has spent a lifetime in close proximity to the British Royal Family. Her extensive knowledge and objectivity offers a unique perspective based purely on fact and insider knowledge. Upon the engagement of Prince William to Catherine Middleton, CBS News invited Victoria to return to her native London to serve as Special Royal Correspondent for the couple’s 2011 wedding. Following her three months of comprehensive coverage leading up to the event, Victoria sat alongside Erica Hill outside Buckingham Palace as a part of Katie Couric’s live, day-long broadcast of the Royal Wedding.
After her return to New York, Victoria went on to become a regular contributor for The Early Show, and was part of the debut broadcast of the new CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose, Erica Hill, and Gayle King.
In addition to her position with CNN Victoria is also a regular contributor to CBSN, Yahoo News, Entertainment Tonight, CTV (Canada), ITV (UK) and Channel 7 in Australia.
She has appeared in specials for the Biography channel and WE, and in 2012 was invited by the UK network ITV1 to contribute to a new primetime documentary celebrating William and Kate’s first wedding anniversary
|Victoria with Walter Cronkite at the 2007
Texas Medal of Arts Awards in Austin.
Victoria brings to her work a wealth of experience born from a lifetime spent traveling the world and working professionally in a broad range of performance and media-related fields.
Born in Zimbabwe and raised in Windsor, England before moving to Kensington Palace in her teens, Victoria is the daughter of Dickie Arbiter, a career journalist, and a former press secretary to Queen Elizabeth II. From a very young age, Victoria accompanied her father as he covered some of the United Kingdom’s most notable state occasions including Trooping the Color, The Cenotaph, The Royal Tournament, The Lord Mayor’s Show, and the New Year’s Eve celebrations in Trafalgar Square. At the age of five, she made her live radio debut, joining her father as he presented the Christmas Day Morning Show for LBC News Radio.
As a child Victoria had plans of becoming a ballet dancer, and at the age of twelve she was accepted into the prestigious Elmhurst Ballet School in Camberley, England, where she trained in all aspects of dance. While at Elmhurst she made her professional theatre debut in London’s West End, and went on to perform at The Theatre Royal Windsor.
At eighteen Victoria moved to New York, where she auditioned and was accepted on scholarship to The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, a three-year study program.
Shortly after her graduation from the Academy, Victoria appeared on the CBS daytime drama Guiding Light, where she met her future husband, actor and fiction novelist Ryan Brown.
In 2000 Victoria joined the web-based television network Yo New York as Senior Producer and Entertainment Correspondent. There she covered major media events such as The Directors’ Guild of America Awards, The TV Land Awards, countless movie premieres and other celebrity-driven affairs. She also produced and presented profiles for numerous charities including The Ronald McDonald House and Habitat for Humanity. Among those Victoria interviewed for Yo are Ron Howard, Shirley McClaine, Nicole Kidman, Sidney Pollack, Anjelica Huston and Michael J. Fox. She was also the only web reporter to secure an exclusive interview with Sarah, Duchess of York. Based on that interview, she was invited to become a weekly contributor to Lori Kramer’s show for the online talk radio network eYada.
|Victoria's exclusive interview with
Sarah, Duchess of York.
Following her time with Yo Victoria went on to host two seasons of A Taste from the Melting Pot, an international food and culture show for PBS. Featuring first-generation nationals from around the world, the show offered an intimate look into the customs and flavors of countries including Cameroon, Ecuador, and Israel, among others.
Around this time Victoria also hosted The Signature Series for Voyages North America. Aimed at the high-end luxury tourist, the show allowed Victoria to tap into her love of adventure travel. Zip-lining over the El Yunque Rain Forest and night swimming in the second largest bio-luminescent bay in the world are just two examples of the thrilling experiences the show afforded her.
The adventures certainly continued as Victoria then took a huge professional leap by creating, executive producing, and hosting the pilot episode of Overdressed and Undercooked. A humorous foray into the world of a novice cook, the show features Victoria’s personal mission to improve her culinary skills and conquer her fear of the kitchen as she leads viewers on a precarious quest to prepare the perfect meal for a mystery celebrity guest. With the help of some of New York’s finest chefs, she learns to prepare an array of dishes, from Italian and Chinese, to barbecue and raw vegan, all the while trying (quite unsuccessfully) to retain a glamorous, unflustered demeanor.
While Overdressed and Undercooked might not have turned Victoria into a master chef, it did make her the perfect candidate to be selected by The Oprah Winfrey Show as one of Oprah’s Worst Cooks in America. Appearing alongside Oprah, Jessica Seinfeld, and Ali Wentworth, Victoria found herself yet again exposing her culinary shortcomings before the camera...not to mention a live studio audience that included Jerry Seinfeld.
On a personal note, Victoria is a keen traveler. Work opportunities have allowed her to experience places as diverse as Cairo, Dubai, Kuwait, and Paris. Some of her favorite destinations include Venice, Costa Rica, French Polynesia, Greece, and Southern Africa.
Victoria has a broad range of interests. She ranks go-carting with Diana Princess of Wales as one of her most memorable experiences; but she has also dodged hippos while kayaking the Zambezi River, lunched at the top of the Austrian Alps, supped while cruising the Nile, hiked the Rain Forests of Central America and the Mountains of Alaska, bathed in the hot springs of Costa Rica, and ridden camels in the Egyptian desert. She’s been to the top of the Eiffel Tower, into the depths of the pyramids of Giza, and once crossed the second largest lagoon in the world to spend the night on a remote island in the South Pacific with no electricity.
When not out gallivanting the world, Victoria likes nothing better than to curl up on the sofa with a good book or to watch back-to-back episodes of Downton Abbey. She still loves to attend the ballet and Broadway, and is proud of her status as Il Divo’s number one fan. Although she still gets back to England two or three times a year, Victoria now lives in New York with her husband, young son, and two rescued cats.