Ursula Reel Hennessey was born and raised on Staten Island, New York. She is a graduate of Davidson College in North Carolina. Ursula worked as a reporter for the New York Post, the Associated Press, and the Staten Island Advance, covering the World Series, the Super Bowl, the U.S. Open, the NYC Marathon, and everything in between. Since 2002, she has been an elementary school teacher and tutor. Ursula and her husband, Matthew, have four children, ages 8, 6, 4 and 1 month. They live in Connecticut.