Men of Fox News
Bill O’Reilly has been hosting the top rated program by far on cable television for seven years straight, its name; The O’Reilly Factor. He was reared on Long Island, where he was a star player in both baseball and hockey while still just a young man. Bill O’Reilly, 60, is of Irish descent on both sides of his family, and his father was an accountant. He graduated from Marist with a degree in History before earning his Masters Degrees in Broadcast Journalism at Boston University and Public Administration at Harvard. O’Reilly taught high school English in Miami before he decided on a career in television news. He had worked in Scranton, Dallas, Denver, Portland, Hartford, Boston and New York City before he becoming the first host of the network television program Inside Edition in 1991. After his stint on Inside Edition, O’Reilly moved to Fox News in 1996; a move that has garnered three Emmy Awards. He calls himself “your humble correspondent” on his program, which he dubbed “The No Spin Zone.” Besides his television prowess, O’Reilly has a radio show broadcast on more than 400 stations and over 300 newspapers carry his syndicated column. O’Reilly has written four non-fiction books that went straight to # 1 in sales, and in 2005 he published the top selling children’s non-fiction book, The O’Reilly Factor for Kids: A Survival Guide for America’s Families.
Greg Gutfeld, 35, hosts the 3 AM comedy news show Redeye. He hails from San Mateo, California, and he graduated from Berkeley with a degree in English. Greg Gutfeld went on to become editor-in-chief of the magazines Men’s Heath, Stuff and Maxim, before landing his current job with Fox News in 2006.
Shepard Smith is the lead news anchor for the Fox News Channel. He was born and reared in the state of Mississippi. Shepard Smith, 46, first worked in television as a reporter in Florida, where he was employed in a total of five cities during the 1990s, these cities included both Miami and Orlando. Smith has been with Fox News since its inception in 1996. He has hosted what is the top rated evening news program for eight years running, and draws more viewers than CNN and MSNBC combined.
JUDGE ANDREW NAPOLITANO
Judge Andrew Napolitano has served as Senior Judicial Analyst for Fox News since 1998. He graduated from Princeton before earning his Juris Doctor at Notre Dame. Judge Andrew Napolitano, 59, then went on to become the youngest tenured Superior Court Judge in the history of New Jersey. He is an adjunct professor of Constitutional Law at Seton Hall; works the national lecture circuit; writes for various major newspapers around America; and has written five books including one best seller.
Sean Hannity, 48, whom I have met, was born and raised on Long Island. His grandparents on both sides were immigrants from the country of Ireland. Sean Hannity worked as both a bartender and General Contractor before beginning his career in broadcasting. He has been married for 17 years. Hannity hosts a talk radio program that is heard on 500+ stations by 13.5 million listeners; it is the # 2 such program in the world. He also wrote two best-selling books. Hannity has been working for Fox News from its inception, and his nightly show is rated second among all cable news shows, doubling his competition’s combined efforts.
The esteemed Fox Evening News anchorman Brit Hume handpicked Bret Baier as his successor when he stepped down a year ago. Bret Baier, 39, graduated from a Catholic high school in Atlanta before earning his degrees in Political Science and English at DePauw. He then worked in television news at Raleigh, NC; Rockford, IL; and Beaufort, SC. Fox News hired Baier as a correspondent in 1998. Hume describes Baier as “Attractive, able and honorable. Sunny but serious.” Fordham University media professor Paul Levinson wrote, “I would say Bret Baier is probably one of the best people doing that kind of newscast at any of the cable operations. He’s friendly; he’s relaxed, but he is also engaging and objective.”
Neil Cavuto has been the managing editor and anchor of Fox Business News since 1996. He was reared in Danbury, Connecticut; he graduated from St. Bonaventure, and he earned his Masters Degree at American University. Neil Cavuto, 51, served as an intern during the Jimmy Carter White House. He is a cancer survivor, and is currently afflicted with Multiple Sclerosis. Cavuto has been married for 26 years. He has also authored two best selling books in addition to hosting the # 1 cable business news program. Cavuto was named "the best interviewer in broadcast business news" by both The Journalist and Financial Reporter, and he has interviewed all "Fortune 500" CEOs.
DOCTOR ISADORE ROSENFELD
Isadore Rosenfeld, M.D., is known as “America’s Doctor.” He has worked as a cardiologist for 50 years at various hospitals in New York City. Isadore Rosenfeld, 82, is a professor of medicine at Cornell, and health editor for Parade magazine (82 million readership). He has a reputation for exhibiting both grace and humor. Rosenfeld urges people to be proactive about their health. He has written nine best-selling books (and a textbook for doctors), including the 1982 book “Second Opinion” that popularized the notion in its name. "Through his works on health, which have been translated for worldwide audiences, and his foundation, which supports research internationally, Iz Rosenfeld has helped to improve the quality of life for millions of people across the globe," said former President Bill Clinton.
Glenn Beck hosts a daily show at 5:00 PM on Fox News, which is part commentary, part entertainment, and completely controversial. He was born and raised in the state of Washington. Glenn Beck, 45, became the youngest person to ever host a morning top-40 radio show at the age of 18 in Tampa, Florida. Once a troubled individual, he has been clean and sober since 1994. Glenn, a Mormon, has been married for 11 years. Beck takes a stand for personal responsibility, gun rights, private charity over government welfare, the right to life, religious freedom, limited government, and the family. His radio show is heard on over 300 stations, and he has written five # 1 selling books. He came to Fox News in 2008 after three years during which he hosted his own program at CNN. The Glenn Beck Program draws more viewers than all of his competitors on cable news networks combined.
Chris Wallace, 62, is the son of legendary newsman Mike Wallace. He is the host of Fox News Sunday. Chris Wallace is from Chicago, Illinois. He worked a total of 14 years each for NBC News and ABC News before moving onto his current position with Fox News in 2003. Wallace has remarked in the past that his work at Fox has opened his eyes to what critics cite as bias in the mainstream media. He stated, "Fox News wouldn't exist if it weren't for this kind of stuff going on in the mainstream media. That's why people are fed up with that and want the antidote to it because they get it and they've gotten it for years - the bias in the so-called objective press.” Wallace has been described as an “equal opportunity inquisitor” by the Boston Globe; an “aggressive journalist, sharp-edged and solid” by the Washington Post; an “equal opportunity ravager” by the Miami Herald. He has won every major broadcast news award for his reporting; these awards include three Emmy Awards and the Peabody Award.
Juan Williams, 55, is a political commentator for Fox News. He is a two-time Emmy winner for Documentary writing. Juan Williams was born in Panama to a boxer and a seamstress. His family moved to Brooklyn when he was 4 years old, and he excelled in baseball, basketball and cross-country during his years in high school. Williams earned his Bachelors Degree in Philosophy at Haverford. He then went on to write columns for the Washington Post from 1976 to 2000, and he was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Williams continues to write for the Post, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and various other magazines. He has authored many books as well. Williams went to work at CNN on the program Crossfire in 1990; moved to Fox News in 1997; and also hosts a top rated show on NPR since 1999. He calls on black Americans to take responsibility for their actions, and to re-visit the work ethic that he contends, has been lost in recent years; he urges them to begin to reemphasize stigmatization, at least in certain forms, as a way to promote policies that he sees as conducive to black development, such as renewed focus on education, monogamy and marriage, and self-sufficiency.
FATHER JONATHAN MORRIS
Father Jonathan Morris, 37, has been analyzing current events in regards to morals and ethics for Fox News since 2005. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and he holds degrees in Classical Humanities, Philosophy, and Theology. Jonathan Morris is the Parochial Vicar at St. Patrick’s Old Cathedral in New York City, and is working on his doctorate in Rome. He is fluently speaks English, Spanish and Italian. Father Morris served as the theological advisor for Mel Gibson during the production of The Passion of the Christ, the 11th highest grossing film ever made. In responding to the violence of the film, he said in a Franciscan University interview, "Yes, the suffering and pain in this film is hard to watch, and just as hard to forget. What we remember, however — what sticks with us — is not the senselessness of gratuitous violence that we find in other films, but the high price of sin and the immensity of Christ's love." Morris wrote to his viewers at Fox News, “Your notes tell me that you are not all Catholic, not all Christians, not all religious or even spiritual, but that you share my interest in, and concern for, preserving the traditional values that have made our country great; values of freedom, tolerance, respect for law, for one another, and for human rights, especially the rights of those who have no voice." Regarding the outcry about the Da Vinci Code, he said, “Dan Brown is capable of passing fiction for fact because Christians don't know their faith -- what and why they believe.” Father Morris argues that atheism was behind the Holocaust, as well as the Stalinist and Maoist regimes—revolutions that persecuted and oppressed in order to create and maintain religion-free utopias.
This Hub is published by the request of a pair of ladies who had read a previous effort of mine entitled Women on Fox News. I had the pleasure of touring Fox News a few years ago, where I also had the opportunity to lunch with the network’s creator and current President, Roger Ailes.