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Nina Howard is a reporter for TMI Magazine. She makes an enemy of News Night anchor Will McAvoy on New Year's Eve 2010. ("I'll Try to Fix You")


She is a reporter for the gossip magazine TMI. ("I'll Try to Fix You")

Series arc[]

She attends the Atlantis World Media group's New Year's Eve party. She has a conversation with Will McAvoy and tries to kiss him. He rejects her advances and criticizes her work. She angrily throws a drink at him and leaves. A story about the exchange appears in the New York Post and TMI also runs a piece about McAvoy's personal life. ("I'll Try to Fix You")

TMI continues to target News Night, running a piece about executive producer Mackenzie MacHale dating prosecutor Wade Campbell. It questions her integrity for allowing him to appear as a guest on the program when he is preparing to run for office. In truth Mackenzie was unaware of Wade's plans to stand for election. Gary Cooper passes on a rumor that TMI columnist Nina accepts protection money to Will. Will arranges to meet Nina at Hang Chews, planning to pay her off. He changes his mind when she calls herself a journalist and instead warns her against attacking his staff again. ("Amen")

Months later, Nina is given a "unimpeachable" source informing her that Will was high during his broadcast about Osama Bin Laden being killed. ("5/1")

The source was Will himself (via a voicemail he sent Mackenzie that was hacked from her phone by Reese Lansing). The News Night staff use this information to blackmail the Lansings and regain control of their show. Nina is seen sitting in her apartment, listening to - and eventually deleting - the voicemail Will sent Mackenzie. ("The Greater Fool")

Behind the scenes[]

Nina Howard is a recurring character in the first season. She is played by guest star Hope Davis and debuts in "I'll Try to Fix You".


Season 1
"We Just Decided To" "News Night 2.0" "The 112th Congress" "I'll Try to Fix You" "Amen"
"Bullies" "5/1" "The Blackout Part I: Tragedy Porn" "The Blackout Part II: Mock Debate" "The Greater Fool"
Season 2
"First Thing We Do, Let’s Kill All the Lawyers" "The Genoa Tip" "Willie Pete" "Unintended Consequences" "News Night with Will McAvoy"
"One Step Too Many" "Red Team III" "Election Night, Part I" "Election Night, Part II"