Todd Palin
Todd Palin
Todd Mitchell Palin is the husband of former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, the 2008 vice-presidential nominee of the Republican Party. He is an American oil field production operator, commercial fisherman and champion snowmobile racer, winning the Tesoro Iron Dog race four times.
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Todd Palin's personal information overview.
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Odd Pain Relief Tricks
Fox News - over 3 years
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Kevin McDonough: Television's Endless War Opens a Brand New Front
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
We are now at war with everyone. Everywhere. All the time. Battling without cease over every conceivable subject. And that's just on television. Over the past several years, "Wars" and rumors of war have erupted in the strangest places. A reality series about the banality of the DMV becomes "Parking Wars." Scrounge artists bidding on abandoned lockers wage "Storage Wars." Interior decorators declare "Design Wars." The unshaven sprout "Whisker Wars." Stan Lee presides as nerds erupt in "Fan Wars." Trick-or-treaters have scared up "Halloween Wars," not to be confused with "Cupcake Wars." These reality "War" shows seem to feature everything but real war. But even that is changing. Last summer, NBC squandered too many of its valuable Olympics advertising minutes promoting something called "Stars Earn Stripes," a reality TV contest pitting B-listers (Dean Cain, Todd Palin, etc.) in "real" war games. Critics and audiences were both appalled at the co-mingling of combat a ...
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Another Palin Divorce
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Sarah Palin's son, Track Palin, isn't the only member of the family who is calling it quits on his marriage. According to TMZ, her sister-in-law Wendy separated from husband James Palin in July after 12 years of marriage. James and Todd Palin -- Sarah Palin's husband -- are brothers. The estranged pair is now in the midst of resolving a custody dispute over their 10-year-old daughter. Earlier this month, Track Palin filed for divorce from his high school sweetheart, Britta Hanson, after less than two years of marriage. The former couple has already decided how to split their property and custody of their 1-year-old daughter. Track will keep his gun collection and a $30,000 bank account, while Hanson will walk away with her jewelry collection and a $2,500 bank account. This latest Palin split has us wondering: does divorce run in the family? Click through the slides below for more high-profile relatives who have been through divorce. Keep in touch! C ...
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Stars Earn Stripes Op J.W. Cortes Recounts Getting Recognized On The Job By Heroic Samaritan
Access Hollywood - over 4 years
J. W. Cortes is a tough operative teamed up with Todd Palin on NBC’s “Stars Earn Stripes,” but this former marine and current New York City MTA Police Department Officer got a taste of what it’s like to be famous, and it all happened on Monday as he was responding to an emergency call.
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Nick Lachey Descends From A Helicopter On 'Stars Earn Stripes'
Huffington Post - over 4 years
On this week's installment of "Stars Earn Stripes" (Mon., 9 p.m. ET on NBC), teams were tasked with climbing down a rope from a helicopter in flight to take out a fuel supply. Then, they had to rappel down an eight story building and take out three more targets. Nick Lachey and his military partner were teamed up with Terry Crews and his for the challenge. Lachey was left dumbstruck after watching Todd Palin freefall from the helicopter, but he was determined to do it for his team. That's not to say he didn't nearly quit the competition out of fear. But he stuck with it. "When you’re in a band, even in a boy band, you become one of the squad," he explained. "This competition is no different. You don’t want to let your team down." Unfortunately, Crews and Lachey took the longest to complete the mission and had to face off head-to-head. In this instance, it was Lachey who came out strongest, and Crews was sent home, earning $20,000 for the Pat Tillman Foundation. "St ...
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General Failure: The Bizarre World of Wesley Clark’s New Reality Show
The New Republic - over 4 years
The extraordinary strangeness of “Stars Earn Stripes,” NBC’s latest reality show, first begins to sink in when Wesley Clark hops out of a Jeep and saunters toward a row of B-list celebrities decked out in military gear. “This looks like a great platoon to me,” he tells a group that includes Todd Palin, pop star Nick Lachey, and actor Dean Cain. Some actual military servicemen loom to one side, looking very genetically superior. Then there is the former NATO commander and one-time Democratic candidate himself, with his Presidential Medal of Freedom and four Viet Cong bullet wounds, wearing a preppy blue windbreaker and telling the gang that he “would love to have commanded a unit like this.” The whole surreal scene begs the question: Really? The General, it turns out, does not even watch reality TV. “Well,” he said via phone several days before the premiere aired this past Monday night, “I knew about Celebrity Apprentice, I’d seen the Trump show a few years ago a couple of times.” So ...
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War, just another reality show
Salon.com - over 4 years
NBC’s controversial, Nobel laureate-detested reality show “Stars Earn Stripes,” which premiered last night, is “Dancing With the Stars” gone militaristic. But when grenade launchers, automatic weapons and war games substitute for salsa and swing dancing, the results are less wholesome entertainment and more armed-forces propaganda. The premise of the show is as follows: Eight “celebrities”— Dean Cain, Nick Lachey, Laila Ali, WWF “Diva” Eve Torres, Terry Crews, “Biggest Loser” trainer Dolvett Quince, Todd Palin and Picabo Street — team up with eight military professionals. The pros include a Green Beret, a Delta Force member with a Fu Manchu, a Navy SEAL, and the greatest sniper in U.S. history, a guy who calmly explains to the camera that it’s estimated he has killed 160 people, among others. Together, they perform long, detailed, explosive missions. Continue Reading...
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'Stars Earn Stripes' Criticized By Nobel Peace Prize Winners
Huffington Post - over 4 years
NEW YORK -- Nine Nobel Peace Prize winners are speaking out against a new NBC competition series they say treats military maneuvers like athletic events. Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the other Nobel laureates protested in an open letter that the show, "Stars and Stripes," glorifies war and armed violence. The series, premiering on NBC on Monday night, pairs celebrities with U.S. military personnel for simulated military challenges. Celebrity participants include boxing champion Laila Ali, Superman actor Dean Cain, Olympic gold medalist Picabo Street and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's husband, Todd Palin. The program is hosted by retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark. "I'm doing this series for one reason," says Clark at the top of the show – "to introduce you, the American people, to the individuals that sacrifice so much for all of us." The series is billed on its website as a "fast-paced competition" whose contestants "will gather at a remote training facilit ...
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Review: 'Stars Earn Stripes' on NBC is at least for a good cause
LATimes - over 4 years
'Stars Earn Stripes' is a reality series in which celebrities including Dean Cain, Terry Crews and Todd Palin compete in military-style challenges for charity. "Stars Earn Stripes," which begins Monday on NBC for a four-week run that will get it out of the way in time for the fall TV season, is a military-themed reality show from executive producers Dick Wolf ("Law & Order"), Mark Burnett ("Survivor") and David A. Hurwitz ("Fear Factor"). Its co-hosts are former NATO commander Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.) and former "Dancing With the Stars" presenter Samantha Harris (ret.). Does a picture begin to emerge?
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Sarah Palin: “Haters are going to hate”
Salon.com - over 4 years
The Palins are approaching the Kardashians in the sheer number and variety of reality shows they take part in. But even with Todd Palin onboard as part of the surreal casting of the upcoming “Stars Earn Stripes,” nobody expected his famous wife to join him at the NBC cocktail party that followed a press conference Tuesday. But there, alongside the pool at the Beverly Hilton, was her familiar figure, now burnished and super-tan in the manner of Hollywood brunettes, wearing 5-inch heels she told somebody later she bought on consignment. Her wraparound sunglasses at dusk at an event otherwise boasting Matthew Perry, NeNe Leakes and the monkey from “Animal Practice” may have been the giveaway that this was someone who was trying to shy away from the limelight. Instead of a vice president, governor, candidate or even soccer mom, Sarah Palin looked instead like an anonymous trophy wife of a reality star, here amid the kind of Hollywood crowd she once publicly disdained. A handful of repor ...
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'Stars Earn Stripes' star and Iraq War veteran 'impressed' by Sarah and Todd Palin
Fox News - over 4 years
“Todd and Sarah Palin are the nicest people I have ever met,” McLaren said. 
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'Stars Earn Stripes': Todd Palin and Mark Burnett discuss the NBC show's 'operatives'
Zap 2 it - over 4 years
Iron Dog Snowmobile Race champion Palin tests himself against former and current military members and first responders in reality mogul Burnett's new NBC series.
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Todd Palin & Terry Crews Brave Military Training For Stars Earn Stripes
Yahoo News - over 4 years
<p>Terry Crews and Todd Palin recently braved military training to earn money for charity on NBC's upcoming reality competition, "Stars Earns Stripes."</p> <p>Paired with actual armed forces or law enforcement members, Todd and Terry, along with Nick Lachey, Dean Cain and Laila Ali, got a gritty glimpse into the rigorous world of defense training.</p>
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'Stars Earn Stripes' puts Todd Palin and others in boot camp
LATimes - over 4 years
"Stars Earn Stripes," NBC's upcoming summer reality competition show, just announced which celebrities will enter boot camp, and it's a typically eclectic lot. Most notably, Todd Palin, husband of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, is in the mix. How many political junkies just set this thing up on the DVR?
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Todd Palin among 'Stars Earn Stripes' contestants
Yahoo News - over 4 years
NBC says Sarah Palin's husband, Todd, will compete against retired boxing champion Laila Ali, singer Nick Lachey and other celebrities in an upcoming competition show called "Stars Earn Stripes."
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Todd Palin
    FIFTIES
  • 2016
    Age 51
    In March 2016, Palin was seriously injured in a snowmobile crash, suffering a collapsed lung, fractured ribs, and a broken clavicle and shoulder blade.
    More Details Hide Details Palin's name has appeared in news reports regarding the firing of commissioner Walt Monegan and the actions of Alaska state trooper Mike Wooten. At one point, Todd Palin brought information prepared by himself and a private investigator to Monegan.
    In 2016, trying for another Tesoro Iron Dog championship, he was forced to scratch at checkpoint Nenana, 112 miles from the finish, when partner Shane Barber suffered engine trouble.
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  • 2015
    Age 50
    Sailor Grace Palin, born December 2015, to Bristol and ex-fiancee Dakota Meyer.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2012
    Age 47
    In August 2012, Palin became a contestant on the NBC celebrity reality competition series Stars Earn Stripes.
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  • 2011
    Age 46
    Son Track Palin has a daughter, Kyla Grace Palin, born in 2011, with ex-wife Britta.
    More Details Hide Details Palin fishes and holds a Private Pilot Certificate. He also owns his own aircraft, a Piper PA-18 Super Cub.
  • 2009
    Age 44
    He resigned from his job on September 18, 2009, with the stated reason as a desire to spend more time with his family.
    More Details Hide Details He is also a commercial salmon fisherman at Bristol Bay on the Nushugak River.
  • 2008
    Age 43
    The Palins have five children: Track Charles James (b. 1989), who has enlisted in the United States Army and deployed to Iraq on September 11, 2008; Bristol Sheeran Marie (b. 1990); Willow Bianca Faye (b. 1994); Piper Indy Grace (b. 2001); and Trig Paxson Van (b. 2008), who has Down syndrome; and three grandchildren: Tripp Easton Mitchell Johnston, born in December 2008 in Palmer, Alaska, to Bristol and Levi Johnston.
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    On October 10, 2008, Palin was cited in special investigator Stephen Branchflower's report to the Legislative Council.
    More Details Hide Details One of Branchflower's four main findings was that the governor had violated Alaska's ethics act when she "wrongfully permitted Todd Palin to use the governor's office... to continue to contact subordinate state employees in an effort to find some way to get trooper Wooten fired". Todd Palin's conduct was not assessed in the report, as he was not an executive branch employee. In August 1988, Palin eloped with his high school girlfriend, Sarah Heath.
    On September 12, 2008, the Alaska legislature subpoenaed Palin to testify on his role in the controversy.
    More Details Hide Details On September 18, the McCain/Palin campaign announced that Todd Palin would refuse to testify because he does not believe the investigation is legitimate. State senator Bill Wielechowski said that the witnesses could not be punished for disobeying the subpoenas until the full legislature comes into session, then scheduled to be in January 2009.
    In 2008, from defending his Tesoro Iron Dog championship, he was injured and broke his arm when he was thrown 70 feet from his machine.
    More Details Hide Details He was sent to the hospital but managed to finish in fourth place.
    He was a judge in the 2008 Miss Alaska pageant.
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    Gregg Erickson, columnist for the Anchorage Daily News, said, in September 2008, that Palin "obviously plays an important role...
    More Details Hide Details I've seen him in the governor's office and I know that she's conducted interviews in the governor's office with him present". The emails showed Palin discussing a wide range of activities: potential board appointees, constituent complaints, use of the state jet, oil and gas production, marine regulation, gas pipeline bids, wildfires, native Alaskan issues, the state effort to save the Matanuska Maid dairy, budget planning, potential budget vetoes, oil shale leasing, "strategy for responding to media allegations," staffing at the mansion, pier diem payments to the governor for travel, "strategy for responding to questions about pregnancy," potential cuts to the governor's staff, "confidentiality issues," Bureau of Land Management land transfers and trespass issues and requests to the U.S. transportation secretary. As of late 2009, Palin was a community volunteer who worked in youth sports, coached hockey and basketball.
    He is the husband of former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, the 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee under John McCain.
    More Details Hide Details Palin was born and raised in Dillingham, Alaska to James F. "Jim" and Blanche Palin (née Roberts). Palin has Yup'ik (from a great-grandmother), Dutch, and English ancestry.
  • 2006
    Age 41
    Palin was the first gentleman, or "first dude," as he was often nicknamed, for two and a half years, from 2006 to 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Early on in that role, he encouraged young Alaskans who could not afford college to consider jobs in the oil and gas industry as an effective training ground, and advised the governor on workforce development issues for the natural gas pipeline she supported. In February 2010, the state of Alaska released to msnbc.com reporter Bill Dedman about 1,200 e-mails, which totalled 3,000 pages, that Palin exchanged with state officials. Almost 250 additional ones were withheld by the state, under a claim that executive privilege extends to Palin as an unpaid adviser to the government.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2002
    Age 37
    Palin's stepmother, Faye Palin, ran unsuccessfully, in 2002, for the position of mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, to succeed Palin's wife, who was term-limited.
    More Details Hide Details Faye Palin, who is pro-choice and a registered Democrat, lost to Dianne M. Keller, a candidate endorsed by Sarah Palin.
  • 2000
    Age 35
    He has previously raced with Dusty Van Meter in the race, and they were co-champions in 2000 and 2002.
    More Details Hide Details In 1995, Palin partnered with Dwayne Drake for his first win.
  • 1995
    Age 30
    From October 1995 through July 2002, except for a few months in 2000, he was registered to vote as a member of the Alaskan Independence Party.
    More Details Hide Details In late August 2008, The Politico reported that Palin was registered to vote as an independent (undeclared), and had never registered as a Republican. In her memoir, Going Rogue: An American Life, Sarah Palin confirms this, writing, "My husband... isn't registered with any party, for sound reasons, having been an eyewitness to the idiosyncrasies of party machines". Sarah Palin reaffirmed that Todd is not a registered Republican again in her February 6, 2010, keynote address to the national Tea Party convention in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1989
    Age 24
    Palin first registered to vote in 1989.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1982
    Age 17
    In 1982, Palin graduated from Wasilla High School, which is the same alma mater of his wife and their eldest two children, son Track and daughter Bristol.
    More Details Hide Details He has taken some college courses but does not have a degree. Palin was a union member and belonged to the United Steelworkers union. For eighteen years, he worked for BP in the North Slope oil fields of Alaska. In 2007, in order to avoid a conflict of interest that related to his wife's position as governor, he took a leave from his job as production supervisor, when his employer became involved in natural gas pipeline negotiations with his wife's administration. Seven months later, because the family needed more income, Todd returned to BP. In order to avoid potential conflict of interest, this time, he accepted a non-management position as a production operator.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1964
    Born
    Born on September 6, 1964.
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