John Stossel

Consumer Reporter + Author
Born Mar 6, 1947

John F. Stossel is an American consumer reporter, investigative journalist, author and libertarian columnist. In October 2009 Stossel left his long time home on ABC News to join the Fox Business Channel and Fox News Channel, both owned and operated by News Corp. He hosts a weekly news show entitled Stossel, on Fox Business which debuted December 10, 2009, airing in prime time every Thursday repeating on both Saturdays and Sundays.… Read More

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1947 Birth John F. Stossel was born on March 6, 1947, in Chicago Heights, Illinois, the younger of two sons, to Jewish parents who left Germany before Hitler rose to power. … Read More


1981 34 Years Old In 1981 Roone Arledge offered Stossel a job at ABC News, as a correspondent for 20/20 and consumer reporter for Good Morning America. … Read More


1994 47 Years Old …  He told The Oregonian, on October 26, 1994: … Read More


University of Texas economist James K. Galbraith has alleged that Stossel, in his September 1999 special Is America #1?, used an out-of-context clip of Galbraith to convey the notion that Galbraith advocated the adoption by Europe of the free market economics practiced by the United States, when in fact Galbraith actually advocated that Europe adopt some of the United States' social benefit transfer mechanisms such as Social Security, which is the economically opposite view. … Read More
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A February 2000 story about organic vegetables on 20/20 included statements by Stossel that tests had shown that neither organic nor conventional produce samples contained any pesticide residue, and that organic food was more likely to be contaminated by E. coli bacteria. … Read More
2001 54 Years Old In 2001, the media watchdog organization FAIR criticized Stossel's reportage of global warming in his documentary, Tampering with Nature, for using "highly selective information" that gave "center stage to three dissenters from among the 2,000 members of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which recently released a report stating that global temperatures are rising almost twice as fast as previously thought." … Read More


2009 62 Years Old The program, entitled Stossel, debuted December 10, 2009, on Fox Business Network. … Read More
2010 63 Years Old Stossel came to embrace his Jewish heritage after marrying his wife, who is Jewish, and their children have been raised in that tradition. Stossel identified himself as an agnostic in the December 16, 2010, episode of Stossel, explaining that he had no belief in God but was open to the possibility. … Read More
2012 65 Years Old …  On April 23, 2012, Stossel was awarded the Chapman University Presidential Medal, by the current president, James Doti, and chancellor, Danielle Struppa. … Read More
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…  Stossel was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2016. … Read More
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