John Stossel

John Stossel


3/6/1947, Chicago Heights, Illinois

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John Stossel graduated from Princeton University with a BA in Psychology in the year of 1969. He embarked on his journalism career as a researcher for KGW-TV in Portland, Oregon. Stossel's premier years included jobs as a consumer reporter at WCBS-TV in New York City and as a…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • John Stossel was born in 1947, the year of the Pig, according to Chinese horoscopes.

    • Stossel made an apology to his viewing audience in the year 2000 after it was discovered that some of the research he had done for a segment he ran discrediting organic foods was misleadingly and incorrectly given.

    • Stossel remains one of the few libertarians in the media. Being a libertarian, Stossel believes firmly in both personal freedom and the free market.

    • As of September 2006, ABC News and John Stossel joined to release a DVD series titled "Teaching Tools for Economics".

    • In Stossel's "Give Me a Break" segments, Stossel takes a skeptical look at topics ranging from government regulations and pop culture to censorship. "Give Me a Break" achieved popularity so much that in 1994 it was spun off into a series of one-hour specials.

    • John began his career as an ABC News correspondent with 20/20 in 1981.

    • John is a 1969 graduate of Princeton University, with a B.A. in psychology.

    • "Give Me a Break: How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats, and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media" was the first of two books written by John Stossel; this book was released in 2004.

    • One of John's books, published by Hyperion in May 2006, is entitled "Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the Shovel--Why Everything You Know Is Wrong". In this book, John challenges common myths.

    • In the year 1984, while filming a segment on professional wrestling, John reportedly told wrestler David "Dr. D" Schultz that he thought wrestling was fake. While yelling, "You think this is fake?", Schultz assaulted John, slapping him and knocking him to the ground. John sued, claiming long-term hearing loss, and won the settlement.

    • Among some of John's other awards are the George Polk Award for Outstanding Local Reporting and the George Foster Peabody Award.

    • John has been honored five times for excellence in consumer reporting by the National Press Club.

    • Mr. Stossel has won 19 Emmy Awards in his career so far.

  • Quotes

  • John Stossel: One of the most amazing reporters of our time.

    John Stossel is one of the most talented, respected, and qualified reporters I have ever had the pleasure of watching on television. John does outstanding work, never failing to scrutinize every aspect of a story he is covering -- insuring that he is getting every angle of the story, as well as throwing in some much appreciated liberalism here and there. John still has quite awhile to continue building on his already marvelous career. His mix of politics and investigative reporting, for which John is best known for using in his stories, makes for a unique and refreshing reporter. I will continue far into the future to listen to John's stories as he continues his widely successful career with the same integrity and brazen persona he has worked into every piece of every one of his reports.moreless
  • A true reporter in the sense of the word John Stossel has targeted and tackled taboo subjects in society from wrestling to bad teachers to politics, and even yes the media itself.moreless

    Absolutely love this guy. Unlike other reporters over the years, this guy isn't afraid to take on the hard stories, asks the tough questions, and whereas other reporters will write the truth so they can maintain their status quo, Stossel's name isn't up for bid.

    Of course you gotta back to the mid eighties where his interview with lowlife David Schultz resulted in him getting slapped (an action Schultz later blamed on Vince McMahon).

    Recently Stossel has exposed the corrupt and lying bureaucracy that is the public schools of America. This country has so many bad teachers it ain't funny. It's not suprising that his critique of the schools got him heat but when it came to the schools to refute what he said, they didn't. As Stossel pointed out their is a long, tireless process of removing a teacher, and if a crappy teacher has seniority , well forget about it.

    Stossel has even criticized the media itself when it becomes bias. There is more I can say about this guy but he is great.moreless