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February 18, 2013

'It made me a better person, it made me a more compassionate person'

Nate Berkus became a familiar face to viewers of The Oprah Winfrey Show more than a decade ago as an interior designer who was a frequent guest on the show.

But it wasn't until December 2004 that his personal life became a lot more public. He and his partner, photographer Fernando Bengoechea were vacationing at a beach resort in Sri Lanka when the Indian Ocean tsunami hit. While Berkus survived, Bengoechea went missing and is presumed dead.

Berkus appeared on Winfrey's daytime show a month later to talk about his ordeal and the loss of his love.

February 7, 2013

'I said, 'Why would I choose to make my life more difficult?'

Design star Nate Berkus, who first came to fame on The Oprah Winfrey Show, has reunited with his television mentor for a candid conversation that includes how he came out to his father.

Berkus tells Winfrey in the first of a two-part interview that begins airing on her OWN Network on Sunday (3/10) about the first conversation he had with his father about his being a gay man.

Says Berkus: 'I asked my father: 'Do you trust me? Do you respect me? Do you think I'm smart?' He said, 'Yes.''

October 29, 2012

Tweaked format this fall did not help ratings

Anderson Cooper's foray into daytime television is shaping up to be more like the short run of Nate Berkus than the extended stay of Ellen DeGeneres.

The openly gay CNN newsman's show, Anderson Live, is still early in its second season but it was announced on Monday (29 October) that it will not be returning for a third year.

October 19, 2012

'I spent my allowance buying decorative boxes on my way home from the bus stop'

Home design guru Nate Berkus says his new book, The Things That Matter, was not supposed to be a memoir. But he couldn't help but share part about himself as he wrote about his and other people's homes.

May 10, 2012

'I chose to focus on the corporate character it took for Target to apologize for the effects of their decision'

Openly-gay daytime lifestyle show host Nate Berkus is defending a partnership he has entered in with the Target retail chain

Target ran afoul with the LGBT community for donating to the political group MN Forward, a Political Action Committee that supported anti-gay gubernatorial candidate Tom Emmer during the 2010 election season.