George Stephanopoulos
government official, journalist, writer
George Stephanopoulos
George Robert Stephanopoulos is an American television journalist and a former political advisor. Stephanopoulos is most well known as the chief political correspondent for ABC News – the news division of the broadcast television network ABC – and a co-anchor of ABC News's morning news program, Good Morning America (GMA).
Biography
George Stephanopoulos's personal information overview.
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Hey 'SNL,' Zach Braff Really Wants To Play Stephen Miller
Huffington Post - 6 days
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Trump Adviser Stephen Miller Disastrously Tries To Defend Trump
Huffington Post - 7 days
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Hey GMA! Produce Your Personalities
Huffington Post - 13 days
My sister happened to mention the other day that she and her two daughters have stopped watching Good Morning America. "All they do is giggle - it's so annoying!" she says. I haven't watched GMA much since I executive produced Robin Roberts on GMA Sunday back in 1998. And for the seven years before that, I beat GMA in the daily ratings when I created and showran the KTLA Morning News, the Los Angeles morning monster that became the highest-rated local morning show in history. I earned my Masters's degree in morning news on the KTLA lot. So after watching this morning's GMA, I'd like to give its current producers some unsolicited advice on why people like my sister and her two key-demo daughters are turning them off. Today's 2-hour show was the post-Superbowl episode, so let's look at content first. Michael Strahan was in Houston where he told an interesting story about Tom Brady. And that's exactly why Strahan is worth whatever millions they're paying him - because he can get ...
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Mike Pence: Future Of Russia Sanctions Remains Uncertain
Huffington Post - 14 days
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McCain, Graham Announce Support For Former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson
Huffington Post - 28 days
WASHINGTON ― Republican Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.) declared Sunday that they will be voting to confirm former Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state. Tillerson’s close business ties with Russia and its leader, Vladimir Putin, had troubled senators from both parties ― especially foreign policy hawks such as McCain.  “Though we still have concerns about his past dealings with the Russian government and President Vladimir Putin, we believe that Mr. Tillerson can be an effective advocate for U.S. interests,” read a joint statement from McCain and Graham. “Now more than ever, with America’s friends growing more discouraged and our enemies growing more emboldened, we need a Secretary of State who recognizes that our nation cannot succeed in the world by itself.” McCain spoke about his intentions Sunday on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”  “I will be voting in favor of his nomination,” he said. “I have had numerous conversations with him. ...
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WATCH: Donald Trump's Incoming Administration's Ties to Russia Continue to Face Scrutiny
ABC News - about 1 month
ABC News' Alex Marquardt and George Stephanopoulos report the latest political news leading into the inauguration.
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WATCH: This Week 01/08/17: Obama in the Oval
ABC News - about 1 month
President Obama talks with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos about his eight years in office, Donald Trump and more.
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President Obama 'Heartbroken' for Victims' Families After Fort Lauderdale Shooting
abc News - about 1 month
In his first comments on today's horrific shooting at Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport in Florida, which left at least five people dead, President Obama said he is "heartbroken" for the families of the victims. "I don't want to comment on it other than just to say how heartbroken we are for the families who've been affected," Obama told ABC News' George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview that will air Sunday on "This Week," when asked if the shooting was an act of terrorism. The shooting at a baggage claim at the airport left eight other people injured before the suspected gunman was taken into custody, according to officials. "These kinds of tragedies have happened too often during the years that I've been president," Obama said. "The pain, the grief, the shock that they must be going through is enormous." He also said that he has asked his staff to reach out to the mayor to make sure efforts are coordinated between state and local officials. "I think... ...
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WATCH: In His Final Days in the White House, President Obama Opens Up to George Stephanopoulos
ABC News - about 1 month
ABC News' George Stephanopoulos reacts to his final interview with President Obama, to air in full on Sunday on This Week.
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Vice President-Elect Pence Says Phone Call With Taiwan 'Just A Courtesy Call'
ABC News - 3 months
Pence spoke with ABC's George Stephanopoulos on Sunday.
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Donald Trump's Team Can't Back Up His Illegal Voter Lie, But Defend It Anyway
Huffington Post - 3 months
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Trump Summons TV Figures for Private Meeting, and Lets Them Have It
NYTimes - 3 months
The defiant president-elect told on-air stars like Lester Holt, Charlie Rose, George Stephanopoulos and Wolf Blitzer they got it all wrong.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of George Stephanopoulos
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 55
    He agreed to drop out as a moderator of the scheduled February 2016 Republican Presidential primary debate.
    More Details Hide Details In the month prior to his revelation, Stephanopoulos told Jon Stewart on The Daily Show that when money is given to the Clinton Foundation "everybody" knows there's "a hope that that's going to lead to something, and that's what you have to be careful of." Stephanopoulos was the inspiration for the character of Henry Burton in Joe Klein's novel Primary Colors (1996). Burton was subsequently portrayed by Adrian Lester in the 1998 film adaptation. Michael J. Fox's character, Lewis Rothschild, in the film The American President (1995), written by Aaron Sorkin was modeled after Stephanopoulos. He was also used by Sorkin as the model for Rob Lowe's character, Sam Seaborn, on the television drama series The West Wing. According to Stephanopoulos, his role in the Clinton administration was more like Bradley Whitford's character Josh Lyman than Seaborn or Rothschild.
    Based on Stephanopoulos' donations to The Clinton Foundation charity and his behavior during prior interviews and presidential debates, Republican party leaders and candidates expressed their distrust, and called for him to be banned from moderating 2016 Presidential debates, due to bias and conflict of interest.
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  • 2015
    Age 54
    After exposure of the donations by Politico on May 14, 2015, Stephanopoulos apologized and admitted he should have disclosed the donations to ABC News and its viewers.
    More Details Hide Details The story was broken by The Washington Free Beacon, which had aggressively questioned ABC News regarding the matter. The donations had been reported by the Clinton Foundation, which Stephanopoulos had considered sufficient, a reliance ABC News characterized as "an honest mistake."
    Stephanopoulos failed to reveal the donations even on April 26, 2015, while interviewing Peter Schweizer, the author of Clinton Cash, a book which alleges that donations to the Foundation influenced some of Hillary Clinton's actions as Secretary of State.
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  • 2012
    Age 51
    Stephanopoulos donated $25,000 in 2012, 2013, and 2014, a total of $75,000, to the Clinton Foundation, but did not disclose the donations to ABC News, his employer, or to his viewers.
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    On January 7, 2012, Stephanopoulos was the co-moderator of a debate among Mitt Romney, Ron Paul and Rick Santorum.
    More Details Hide Details During the debate, Stephanopoulos repeatedly asked Romney whether the former Massachusetts governor believes the U.S. Supreme Court should overturn a 1965 ruling that a constitutional right to privacy bars states from banning contraception. During the debate, Romney said it was a preposterous question. During the fall presidential campaign, the Obama campaign used the question and answer to intimate there was a political War on Women. Following Diane Sawyer's departure from World News at the end of August 2014, Stephanopoulos became the Chief Anchor at ABC News while retaining his current roles on GMA and This Week. Stephanopoulos is now the lead anchor for coverage of breaking news and major special events. Stephanopoulos is the only chief anchor of a U.S. network news division not to anchor or serve as managing editor of the evening newscast (those duties were taken over by David Muir).
  • FORTIES
  • 2011
    Age 50
    However, after his successor, Christiane Amanpour, left the show amid sagging ratings, it was announced that Stephanopoulos would return as host of This Week in December 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Stephanopoulos was one of the substitute anchors for Sawyer on nights when she is away on assignment or unavailable.
  • 2010
    Age 49
    Stephanopoulos announced on January 10, 2010, that that would be his last broadcast as the permanent host of This Week.
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  • 2009
    Age 48
    Stephanopoulos accepted the new position and began co-anchoring GMA on December 14, 2009.
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    In December 2009, ABC News president David Westin offered Stephanopoulos Diane Sawyer's job on Good Morning America after Sawyer was named anchor of World News.
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    However, This Week beat Meet the Press on January 11, 2009, when Stephanopoulos interviewed president-elect Barack Obama.
    More Details Hide Details In February 2009, the gap between NBC's Meet the Press and its competitors – CBS' Face the Nation and ABC's This Week – began closing. Meet the Press posted its lowest ratings since NBC's David Gregory became moderator in early February, with the show airing Sunday, February 1, averaging just 3.9 million viewers. Face the Nation averaged 3.33 million total viewers, while This Week came in just behind with 3.32 million total viewers.
  • 2008
    Age 47
    During the 2008 presidential election campaign, Stephanopoulos launched a blog George's Bottom Line on the website of ABC News.
    More Details Hide Details Stephanopoulos blogs about political news and analysis from Washington. In October 2008, Stephanopoulos began posting updates to Twitter, a social-networking website. He also launched a public profile page on Facebook.
    On April 16, 2008, Stephanopoulos co-moderated, with Charles Gibson, the twenty-first, and ultimately final, Democratic Party presidential debate between Illinois Senator Barack Obama and New York Senator Hillary Clinton for the 2008 election cycle.
    More Details Hide Details While the debate received record ratings, the co-moderators were heavily criticized for focusing most of the first hour of the debate on controversies that occurred during the campaign rather than issues such as the economy and the Iraq War. Stephanopoulos acknowledged the legitimacy of the concerns over the order of the questions, but said they were issues in the campaign that had not been covered in previous debates.
  • 2002
    Age 41
    In September 2002, Stephanopoulos became host of This Week, and ABC News officially named him "Chief Washington Correspondent" in December 2005.
    More Details Hide Details The program's title added the new host's name. When named to the position, Stephanopoulos was a relative newcomer to the show, usurping longtime panelists and short-term co-hosts Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts who, for a few years, briefly replaced the longtime original host, David Brinkley. Opinion columnist and part-time ABC News commentator George Will was the only remaining member of the original This Week panel from the Brinkley days to participate consistently in the weekly show until 2013; Donaldson and Roberts still appear on the program on a very limited basis. Fareed Zakaria was a weekly panelist during the first two years of Stephanopoulos' tenure, broadening the show with his perspective on world and Middle Eastern issues. ABC News executives reportedly offered Ted Koppel, former Nightline anchor, the This Week host job in 2005 after the program's ratings had become a regular third-, fourth-, and sometimes fifth-place finish after competitors NBC, CBS, Fox, and syndicated programs.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2001
    Age 40
    He married Alexandra Wentworth, an actress, comedian, and writer, in 2001 at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on New York's Upper East Side.
    More Details Hide Details The couple have two daughters: Elliott Anastasia Stephanopoulos and Harper Andrea Stephanopoulos. The family lives in Manhattan. In 1995, as he was pulling out of a parking space in front of a restaurant in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C., he had a collision with a parked vehicle. Stephanopoulos was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident and driving with an expired license and license plates. The charge of leaving the scene of an accident was subsequently dropped. Along with a number of other notable Greek Americans, he is a founding member of The Next Generation Initiative, a leadership program aimed at getting students involved in public affairs. Stephanopoulos was introduced to Transcendental Meditation by Jerry Seinfeld. Conducting an interview on Good Morning America, he said, “We’re all here because we all have something in common—we all practice Transcendental Meditation. … I think that people don’t really understand exactly what it is and what a difference it has made in people’s lives.”
  • 1996
    Age 35
    Stephanopoulos resigned from the Clinton administration shortly after Clinton was re-elected in 1996.
    More Details Hide Details His memoir, All Too Human: A Political Education (1999), was published after he left the White House during Clinton's second term. It quickly became a number-one bestseller on The New York Times Best Seller list. In the book, Stephanopoulos spoke of his depression and how his face broke out into hives due to the pressures of conveying the Clinton White House message. Clinton referred to the book in his autobiography, My Life, apologizing for what he felt in retrospect to be excessive demands placed on the young staffer. Stephanopoulos's book covers his time with Clinton from the day he met him in September 1991, to the day Stephanopoulos left the White House in December 1996, through two presidential campaigns and four years in the White House. Stephanopoulos describes Clinton in the book as a "complicated man responding to the pressures and pleasures of public life in ways I found both awesome and appalling".
  • 1994
    Age 33
    In 1994, columnist Jack Anderson reported that Stephanopoulos sealed an $835,000 commercial real estate deal consisting of a two-story apartment, including an eyewear retailer, with a below-market loan rate from a bank owned by Hugh McColl, who had been called by President Clinton "the most enlightened banker in America".
    More Details Hide Details A NationsBank commercial loan officer said that this loan did "not fit our product matrix" as banks typically only offer such loans for customers with deep pockets and on a short-term adjustable rate basis. Stephanopoulos's real estate agent explained that "nobody making $125,000 could qualify for the property without the commercial property (lease)". One former senior bank regulator told Anderson that, "If his name were George Smith, and he didn't work in the White House, this loan wouldn't have gotten made." Regarding the controversy, NationsBank stated, "The loan described by Jack Anderson as a commercial loan to George Stephanopoulos was, in fact, a residential mortgage loan. At the time the loan commitment was made, Mr. Anderson (or his imaginary 'George Smith' who 'doesn't work in the White House') could have walked into any NationsBank Mortgage Company office in the D.C. area and received the same excellent rate and term for the same deal."
    On February 25, 1994, Stephanopoulos and Harold Ickes had a conference call with Roger Altman to discuss the Resolution Trust Corporation's choice of Republican lawyer Jay Stephens to head the Madison Guaranty investigation, that later turned into the Whitewater controversy.
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  • 1992
    Age 31
    Stephanopoulos was, along with David Wilhelm and James Carville, a leading member of Clinton's 1992 U.S. presidential campaign.
    More Details Hide Details His role on the campaign is portrayed in the documentary film The War Room (1993). At the outset of Clinton's presidency, Stephanopoulos served as the de facto press secretary, briefing the press even though Dee Dee Myers was officially the White House Press Secretary. Later, he was moved to Senior Advisor on Policy and Strategy, when Myers began personally conducting the briefings (following several verbal missteps by Stephanopoulos), and Mark Gearan was brought in as the new White House Communications Director. The move was largely viewed as a rebuke to Stephanopoulos's handling of public relations during the first six months of the Clinton administration.
    Stephanopoulos is a former United States Democratic Party political advisor. Stephanopoulos rose to early prominence as a Communications Director for the 1992 U.S. Presidential Campaign of Bill Clinton, subsequently becoming White House Communications Director, then Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy before departing in December 1996.
    More Details Hide Details Stephanopoulos is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Stephanopoulos was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, the son of Nickolitsa "Nikki" Gloria (née Chafos) and Robert George Stephanopoulos. His parents are of Greek descent. His father is a Greek Orthodox priest and Dean Emeritus of the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York City. His mother was the Director of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America National News Service for many years. In his youth, he became a follower of Greek Orthodox faith, and long considered entering the priesthood. Following some time in Purchase, New York, Stephanopoulos moved to the eastern suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, where he attended Orange High School in Pepper Pike. While at Orange, he wrestled competitively.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1988
    Age 27
    In 1988, Stephanopoulos worked on the Michael Dukakis 1988 U.S. presidential campaign.
    More Details Hide Details He has noted that one of his attractions to this campaign was that Dukakis was a Greek-American liberal from Massachusetts. After this campaign, Stephanopoulos became the "floor man" for Dick Gephardt, U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader; he held this position until he joined the Clinton campaign.
  • 1984
    Age 23
    Stephanopoulos attended Balliol College, Oxford, England, as a Rhodes Scholar, earning a Masters of Arts in Theology in 1984.
    More Details Hide Details He maintains that he spent much of his time trying to root his political leanings in the deeper philosophies that he studied while in college.
  • 1982
    Age 21
    In 1982, Stephanopoulos received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, summa cum laude from Columbia University in New York, and was the Salutatorian of his class.
    More Details Hide Details While at Columbia, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa his junior year, was awarded a Harry S. Truman Scholarship, and was a Sports Broadcaster for WKCR-FM, the University's radio station. Stephanopoulos' father wanted his son to become either a lawyer or a priest. Promising his father that he would attend law school eventually, George took a job as an aide to Cleveland, Ohio Member of Congress, Ed Feighan, in Washington, D.C..
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1961
    Age 0
    Born on February 10, 1961.
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