TODAY – For Tamron Hall, inspiration is all in the family.

As part of TODAY’s #InspiredBy series, Tamron shared who has motivated her on Friday: Her stepfather Clarence Newton Sr.

Or, in other words, “The man I fondly call my dad.”

He became a part of her life after her parents divorced when she was just seven or eight years old. At the time, she said, “The only thing I could think about was my parents getting back together.”

Instead, her mother introduced her to Clarence. “We knew him, interestingly enough, because he was our landlord,” Tamron said. “I knew this person as Mr. Newton.”

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Tamron called him “Mr. Newton” for the next 10 years, until one day she called home and he answered the phone. “I said, ‘Hey Dad, is Mom home?'” she recalled.

“I don’t know where it came from or what prompted it, but he was my dad at that moment and forever.”

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