Dagen Mcdowell

Mary Dagen McDowell was born on January 7, 1969 in Brookneal, Campbell County, Virginia. She works as a professional American anchor on the Fox Business Network and as a business correspondent for the Fox News Channel.

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Background

When she was 16 years old, she got her driving license and decided that when it was time to attend college, she would leave everything behind and drive to her future. She loves racing and is a die-hard fan of the football team, the Washington Redskins.

McDowell graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History from Wake Forest University. Her career as a financial journalist was not planned. She had no idea of what career to choose when she was attending college.

After graduation, she worked in Colorado, doing several odd jobs. She worked as a dressing room attendant and sold beer on a golf course. 

Broadcasting Career

McDowell’s first job was working as a financial journalist at the Institutional Investor’s Newsletter Division. Prior to her entry into television broadcast news, she wrote a personal finance column called Dear Dagen for The Street.com. She also worked for Smart Money magazine and SmartMoney.com.

On The Street, she wrote a popular article about how people could handle a big inheritance, “With millions of dollars on its way, the good news is that you can now pay off any nagging credit-card debts and buy yourself a shiny new car. The bad news is that you will have to fight off innumerable hucksters and scalawags and start worrying about your own demise. This enviable predicament might seem like a pipe dream to many. But with the incredible amount of wealth that's been created in the past few decades, many adults will soon be facing similar situations as parents start passing on their wealth to the next generation. Before you go on a spending spree at Neiman Marcus or take off for Nevis, you'll need to decide who is going to handle your money while you're alive and who gets it when you're gone.”

She highly recommends to keep your new fortune a secret from others, “First and foremost, don't tell a lot of people about your windfall. By inheriting or winning a large sum of money, you become a natural target for people who would like to get their hands on that money. The fewer people who know about your newfound wealth, the fewer people you have to worry about asking you for loans and donations.”

McDowell joined the Fox Business Network in September 2007 as a broadcasting anchor. She has been a business correspondent for the Fox News Channel since 2003.

On the Imus In The Morning Radio Show she was a business contributor and she also features as a regular guest on FNC’s Hannity. She is a co-host of Markets Now and appeared frequently on Your World with Neil Cavuto. She also served as a panelist on Cavuto On Business which went on air every Saturday.

08 Oct, 2018


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