John Stossel is an acclaimed journalist, author and media personality who had a notable career in two of the most famous news channels, ABC News and Fox Business Channel. He is also considered as a libertarian expert and provides his views on the same for shows.
John Stossel was born on 6th March 1947, in Illinois to German –Jewish parents who migrated from Germany, once Hitler came into power. Though they were of Jewish background, on moving to the U.S, his family started following the teachings of the Congregationalist church. He did his education from The New Trier High and went on to major in Psychology from the renowned Princeton University.
Not keen on studying, John gave up an opportunity to study Hotel Management and started working. Stossel is married to Ellen Abrams; their children are Max Stossel and Lauren Stossel, they currently live in York. After marrying Ellen, he adopted the Jewish ways of life but in 2010, he declared himself as an agnostic. It came as a shock to Stossel when he was diagnosed with lung carcinoma as he was not in the habit of smoking; the cancer was detected in its early stages hence he was cured. Career
Stossel started out his career in the news world by working for KGW-TV where within few months of joining as a researcher, he was promoted to a reporter. WCBS-TV was quick to steal him away to work for them but Stossel was unhappy with the company. In 1981, he was working for ABC News in their famous 20/20 and Good Morning America shows, during that period he came across the ideas of libertarianism.
Leaving ABC News, in September 2009, he joined Fox News and appeared in The O’Reilly Factor, presented a few 1-hour specials and made short appearances in a few programs. By December, Stossel had his own show called ‘Stossel’; he used the show to talk about his views on the government, freedom, trade all which can be summarized as libertarian ideas.
His exceptional career has scored him nineteen Emmy’s and The National Press Club has honoured him for his commendable work as a reporter. It doesn’t stop there he had been awarded the Peabody Award and a George Polk Award for reporting. The Spanish University Francisco Marroquin had awarded him with an honorary doctorate. The splendid journey as a reporter has brought him praises from Nobel winners and economists and also frequently put him in hot waters with articles targeting major environment protection agencies and the huge funding given for AIDS treatments.