Laura Anne Ingraham (born June 19, 1963) is an American conservative television and radio talk show host. Since 2001, she has hosted the nationally syndicated radio show The Laura Ingraham Show, is the editor-in-chief of LifeZette, and beginning in October 2017, has been the host of The Ingraham Angle on Fox News Channel.
Ingraham worked as a speechwriter in the Reagan administration in the late 1980s. Afterwards she earned a J.D. degree and Ingraham went on to work as a judicial clerk in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in New York and then for United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. After working as an attorney for the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in New York City, Ingraham began her media career in the mid 1990s.
Ingraham in December 2018
Laura Anne Ingraham
June 19, 1963
Glastonbury, Connecticut, U.S.
|Education||Dartmouth College (BA)|
University of Virginia (JD)
Ingraham grew up in Glastonbury, Connecticut, where she was born to Anne Caroline (née Kozak) and James Frederick Ingraham III. Her maternal grandparents were Polish immigrants, and her father was of Irish and English ancestry. She graduated from Glastonbury High School in 1981. Ingraham earned a B.A. from Dartmouth College in 1985 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1991.
In the late 1980s, Ingraham worked as a speechwriter in the Reagan administration for the Domestic Policy Advisor. She also briefly served as editor of The Prospect, the magazine issued by Concerned Alumni of Princeton. After law school, in 1991, she served as a law clerk for Judge Ralph K. Winter Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in New York and subsequently clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. She then worked as an attorney at the New York-based law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. In 1995, she appeared in a leopard-print skirt on the cover of The New York Times Magazine in connection with a story about young conservatives.
Ingraham has had three stints as a cable television host. She first became a host on MSNBC in 1996. In the late 1990s, she became a CBS commentator and hosted the MSNBC program Watch It!. Several years later, on her radio program, Ingraham began campaigning for another cable television show. She gained her wish in 2008, when Fox News Channel gave her a three-week trial run for a new show entitled Just In. In October 2017 she became the host of a new Fox News Channel program, The Ingraham Angle.
Ingraham launched The Laura Ingraham Show in April 2001, which is heard on 306 stations and on XM Satellite Radio. It was originally syndicated by Westwood One, but moved to Talk Radio Network in 2004. Ingraham was also the official guest host of The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News Channel and a weekly contributor with her segment, The Ingraham Angle.
In 2012, Ingraham was rated as the No. 5 radio show in America, by Talkers Magazine. In November 2012, she announced her departure from Talk Radio Network, declining to renew her contract with TRN after nearly a decade of being associated with the network. She was the second major host from TRN's lineup to leave the network that year: TRN's other major program, The Savage Nation, left TRN two months earlier. Her new program, syndicated by Courtside Entertainment Group, began on January 2, 2013.
Along with businessman Peter Anthony, Ingraham founded and owns Ingraham Media Group, which produces the new media publication LifeZette. Ingraham serves as editor in chief. The website's subsections are PoliZette, FaithZette, PopZette, and HealthZette.
In January 2017, Ingraham was approached by Republican Party officials and asked to consider running for the United States Senate seat held by Tim Kaine, Democrat of Virginia. Later that month, Ingraham confirmed she was considering running against Kaine.
In 2017, Ingraham was described by the New York Times as an "ardent nationalist". She is known for her strong support for Donald Trump. She holds hawkish positions on immigration, and in 2014 Ingraham said that allowing more immigrant workers to come to the United States would be "obscene to the American experience". She opposed the proposed bipartisan 2013 US Senate comprehensive immigration reform plan. Ingraham has said that her influences include Ronald Reagan, Robert Bork and Pat Buchanan.
Ingraham has been described as "no stranger to generating controversy" by Variety, and as a "name-brand provocateur" by Politico. Business Insider has referred to Ingraham's on-air style as "wad[ing] into debates on racism and gun violence".
In her senior year at Dartmouth College, during her tenure as editor-in-chief of college newspaper The Dartmouth Review, Ingraham wrote several controversial articles. She sent a reporter undercover to a campus LGBTQ meeting, and later received criticism when, despite an oath of confidentiality being read to participants, Ingraham published a transcript of the meeting and included the names of the attendees, describing them as "cheerleaders for latent campus sodomites". Ingraham claimed confidentiality did not apply, because the meeting had been advertised, and defended the outing of the gay students as a "freedom of the press issue".
Jeffrey Hart, the faculty adviser for The Dartmouth Review described Ingraham as having "the most extreme anti-homosexual views imaginable", claiming "she went so far as to avoid a local eatery where she feared the waiters were homosexual".
In 1997, Ingraham wrote an essay in The Washington Post in which she stated that she had changed her views on homosexuality after witnessing "the dignity, fidelity, and courage" with which her gay brother, Curtis, and his partner coped with AIDS. Ingraham has stated that she supports civil unions between same-sex partners, but believes marriage "is between a man and a woman".
Ingraham holds views critical of illegal immigration . In 2014, she denounced House Majority Leader Eric Cantor after he expressed support for the DREAM Act and a GOP bill to grant a pathway to citizenship for young immigrants. At the time, Cantor faced a primary challenge from Dave Brat, which he would go on to lose. According to The New York Times, "Few people did more than Ms. Ingraham to propel Mr. Brat ... from obscurity to national conservative hero." Ingraham said the race would go "down as one of the most significant repudiations of establishment immigration reform that I’ve seen in my 20 years of doing politics," and that due to the outcome of the race, "immigration reform is DOA." That same year, Ingraham harshly criticized Republican congresswoman Renee Elmers for expressing support for a comprehensive immigration bill which included a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants who were in the country at the time. In an interview with Elmers, Ingraham accused Elmers of supporting amnesty and using liberal talking points, and said her arguments were "infuriating to my listeners".
In September 2017, amid reports that Trump was considering an agreement with Democrats on amnesty for approximately 800,000 DREAMers, Ingraham criticized Trump, tweeting "When does American working class w/out real wage increase in 15yrs & who send their kids to overcrowded public schools get amnesty?" In July 2018, Ingraham harshly criticized Republican congressman Kevin Yoder after he expressed support for a Democratic bill that rolled back Attorney General Jeff Sessions' order that immigration judges not be allowed to grant asylum to asylum seekers fleeing domestic abuse or gang violence in their home country. She called on the congressman to "to stop selling out the Trump agenda."
On the June 18, 2018, broadcast of The Ingraham Angle, Ingraham likened detention facilities where children separated from their illegal immigrant parents by the Trump administration are kept to "summer camps" that "resemble boarding schools." She further described criticism of the family separation policy as "faux liberal outrage." Ingraham had referred to the border crossings as "slow-rolling invasion of the United States." Ingraham's comments followed an MSNBC report by Jacob Soboroff which was broadcast on June 14, 2018. The report described a Texas detainment facility setup to be like a "dormitory structure" with a cafeteria and rooms that contained four beds in each. The day after Ingraham's comments aired, school shooting survivor and activist David Hogg tried to renew boycotts of businesses that advertise on The Ingraham Angle, but the show lost no more advertisers.
Ingraham has spoken out against the changing racial demographics of The United States. In August 2018, in what The Washington Post labelled an expression of "white anxiety", she stated "some parts of the country it does seem like the America we know and love doesn’t exist anymore. Massive demographic changes have been foisted upon the American people. And they’re changes that none of us ever voted for, and most of us don’t like... much of this is related to both illegal and, in some cases, legal immigration that, of course, progressives love."
Various commentators criticized Ingraham's comments, with The Atlantic claiming she was alluding to the U.S. becoming "less and less white with every passing year". Many outlets argued that it echoed white nationalist rhetoric or that itself constituted a "white nationalist rant". Ingraham's comments were endorsed by David Duke, a former Republican Louisiana State Representative and Grand Wizard of the KKK. Some mainstream media described Ingraham's views as advocating the white genocide conspiracy theory. In her August 9, 2018 Ingraham Angle monologue, Ingraham stated she was not talking about "race or ethnicity" and went on to say, "There is something slipping away in this country and it’s not about race or ethnicity. It’s what was once a common understanding by both parties that American citizenship is a privilege, and one that at a minimum requires respect for the rule of law and loyalty to our constitution."
In October 2018, Ingraham urged her audience to vote Republican in the upcoming midterm elections, saying that Democrats "want to replace you, the American voters, with newly amnestied citizens and an ever-increasing number of chain migrants."
In February 2018, Ingraham was criticized for making dismissive comments that NBA players LeBron James and Kevin Durant should not opine on politics. Ingraham stated, "It's always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball" and that the basketball stars should "shut up and dribble." Her comments came the week following James' interview with Cari Champion of ESPN where James spoke about his personal life as well as politics, stating that he felt statements made by the president are "laughable and scary." Ingraham characterized James' comments as "barely intelligible" and "ungrammatical."
Ingraham issued the following statement on the matter, obtained by TheWrap: “In 2003, I wrote a New York Times bestseller called ‘Shut Up & Sing,’ in which I criticized celebrities like the Dixie Chicks & Barbra Streisand who were trashing then-President George W. Bush. I have used a variation of that title for more than 15 years to respond to performers who sound off on politics. I’ve told Robert DeNiro to ‘Shut Up & Act,’ Jimmy Kimmel to ‘Shut Up & Make Us Laugh,’ and just this week told the San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich to ‘Shut up & Coach.’ If pro athletes and entertainers want to freelance as political pundits, then they should not be surprised when they’re called out for insulting politicians. There was no racial intent in my remarks – false, defamatory charges of racism are a transparent attempt to immunize entertainment and sports elites from scrutiny and criticism. Additionally, we stated on my show that these comments came from an ESPN podcast, which was not the case – the content was unaffiliated with ESPN.” . .
In March 2018, Ingraham's show was boycotted by 27 sponsors after she ridiculed David Hogg, a 17-year old student survivor of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, for supposedly complaining about being rejected by four colleges. In response, Hogg posted a list of Ingraham's advertisers and called for a boycott, accusing her of cyberbullying. After several advertisers left the show Ingraham apologized, which Hogg dismissed as insincere. Advertising time during the show dropped by as much as 52 percent. After Ingraham returned from a pre-planned vacation following the boycott, her program earned its best ratings ever, spiking 25% in total viewers and saw an increase of 36% in the key 25-54 age group demographic. As of October 2018, blue-chip companies have continued to shun Ingraham's show despite the increased ratings. In December 2018, Hogg announced that he had been accepted to Harvard University.
Ingraham has previously dated broadcaster Keith Olbermann and former New Jersey Democratic Senator Robert Torricelli. In April 2005, she announced her engagement to Chicago businessman James V. Reyes, and that she had undergone breast cancer surgery. In May 2005, Ingraham told listeners that her engagement to Reyes was canceled, citing issues regarding her diagnosis with breast cancer. She has also dated political commentator Dinesh D'Souza and George T. Conway, attorney and husband of Kellyanne Conway.
Ingraham wouldn't comment on any run.
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David Miles Hogg (born April 12, 2000) is an American author and student who survived the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on February 14, 2018 and afterward became a gun control advocate and an activist against gun violence in the United States. He is one of 20 founding members of Never Again MSD, a gun control advocacy group led by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) students. In conjunction with his gun control advocacy, he has helped lead several high-profile protests, marches, and boycotts. He has also been a target and scapegoat of several conspiracy theories and right-wing accusations.With his sister, he wrote a book titled #NeverAgain: A New Generation Draws the Line that made the New York Times bestseller list. They have pledged to donate all income from the book to charity. Hogg plans to attend Harvard University in fall 2019.Just In
Just In with Laura Ingraham was an American news program broadcast on the Fox News Channel weekdays at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The show was hosted by conservative talk radio host Laura Ingraham. The show, said to be a limited trial run, lasted only three weeks on the air before being canceled; it was replaced by the same show that preceded it: America's Election Headquarters.The show received significant public coverage shortly after its cancellation when a tape of off-air excerpts featuring Ingraham was leaked to the internet. In the nine-minute video Ingraham questions Fox News' style, and describes the show as a "train wreck."KPRL
KPRL (1230 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a News/Talk format. Licensed to Paso Robles, California, United States. The station broadcasts local as well as nationally syndicated talk shows such as Jerry Doyle, Bill Wattenburg, Rush Limbaugh, and Laura Ingraham. The station is currently owned by North County Communications, LLC.KPRL has been granted a construction permit by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to move its transmitter site 2,100 feet from the current location.LifeZette
LifeZette is a conservative American website founded in 2015 by political commentator Laura Ingraham and businessman Peter Anthony. In January 2018, Ingraham confirmed she sold the majority stake in LifeZette to The Katz Group, owned by Canadian billionaire Daryl Katz.The publication is based in Washington, D.C. and owned by The Katz Group although Laura Ingraham continues to have an active role with LifeZette. Maureen Mackey is its managing editor and Peter Anthony is its chief executive officer. The site promoted conspiracy theories in the run-up to the 2016 United States presidential election.Talk Radio Network
Talk Radio Network (TRN) was an independent radio producer and syndicator of news and talk radio programming headquartered in Central Point, Oregon. TRN consists of a number of associated companies, which have launched or re-built some of the United States' highest ranked talk radio shows, including The Savage Nation, Coast to Coast AM, and The Jerry Doyle Show. TRN was founded in 1993 and is managed by CEO Mark Masters.
In 2007, Bear Stearns reported that TRN was the second-largest provider of nationally syndicated radio talk shows in the country, ahead of competitors ABC Radio and then-CBS-controlled Westwood One. The company thereafter went into decline amid contract disputes with its most successful talents and an ongoing feud with its satellite provider.
In December 2017, affiliate radio stations reported that Talk Radio Network's programming feed had ceased without notice.The Ingraham Angle
The Ingraham Angle is an American news and opinion-based talk show that premiered on October 30, 2017 on the Fox News Channel. The show features Laura Ingraham and guests discussing the day's latest issues, news, and controversies.
It is the fourth highest rated cable TV news program for total viewers. As for its particular time slot the show is rated number one, defeating its direct competition, The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC and CNN Tonight.In 2018, the show was the subject of a boycott in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, following a Twitter post in which Ingraham ridiculed a student. The boycott resulted in 27 advertisers dropping the show, but viewership increased in the ensuing months.The Laura Ingraham Show
The Laura Ingraham Show was a three-hour American radio show hosted by conservative commentator Laura Ingraham.
The radio show was among the most popular radio shows broadcast in the United States, and Ingraham was number 20 in the Talkers Magazine 2016 Heavy Hundred list of the most important talk show hosts in America, as well as the highest-ranking female host. Her Web site features online polls, "Read It or Weep" articles of note handpicked by Laura from various Web sites and blogs, and audio clips available via podcasting.
The show primarily focused on politics, pop culture, and media bias; with topics of interest including race relations, trends in schools, the Middle East and the legacy of feminism.WBKE (AM)
WBKE (1490 AM, "98.3 Blake FM") is a country music formatted broadcast radio station licensed to Fairmont, West Virginia, serving the Fairmont/Grafton area. WBKE is owned and operated by Laurel Highland Total Communications, Inc., through licensee LHTC Media of West Virginia, Inc.
WBKE previously aired Laura Ingraham, The Dana Show, Michael Savage, Mark Levin, Joe Pags, and Red Eye Radio.On August 6, 2018, WBKE changed their format from news/talk to country, branded as "98.3 Blake FM" (simulcast on FM translator K252EF 98.3 FM Morgantown).WCMY
WCMY 1430 kHz AM is a radio station licensed to Ottawa, Illinois, covering Northern Illinois, including LaSalle, Ottawa, and Streator. WCMY currently has a News Talk/Full Service format and is owned by NRG Media. WCMY primarily features local programming; however, it does carry nationally syndicated shows as well, such as Lou Dobbs, Laura Ingraham, Jim Bohannon, and Coast to Coast AM. The station began broadcasting on March 5, 1952, and was originally owned by Carl H. Meyer.WFLN
WFLN is a commercial radio station in Arcadia, Florida, broadcasting on 1480 AM with a News/Talk format. The station runs a slate of conservative commentators including Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity, as well as the shows of liberal host Alan Colmes and comedian Marilu Henner, and hourly news updates from CBS Radio News. Weekends feature a combination of news and do it yourself programming.WGBF (AM)
WGBF (1280 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a News Talk Information format. Licensed to Evansville, Indiana, United States, the station serves the Evansville area. The station is currently owned by Townsquare Media and features programming from FOX News Radio, Premiere Radio Networks and Talk Radio Network.The station currently carries a conservative programming line-up, including Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Mark Levin, Dennis Miller, Glenn Beck, and G. Gordon Liddy. Also heard on the station are Dave Ramsey and Coast to Coast AM. Purdue University, Indianapolis Colts and local high school football broadcasts can also be found on WGBF.
WGBF broadcasts from a two tower array near the intersection of Morgan Ave. and Burkhardt Road in Evansville. However, only one tower is used for daytime operation.WGOW (AM)
WGOW (1150 AM), known as "NewsRadio 1150", is the Chattanooga home for mostly conservative syndicated talk radio programs from ABC Radio. It broadcasts on AM frequency 1150 kHz and is under ownership of Cumulus Media. The station first went on the air in 1936 as WAPO at 1420 on the AM dial. By the early 1940s the frequency was changed to 1150. It was purchased by Ted Turner in 1968 and changed its call letters to WGOW and adopted a Top 40 format on January 1, 1969. By the early 1980s, the station had evolved into more of an adult contemporary style format. In the 1988, they shifted to their current news/talk format.
Current programming includes:
The Morning Press / Jeff, JR, and Kevin
Duke and the Doctor
Geraldo Rivera (replaced Neal Boortz shortly after Boortz announced his pending retirement in 2012)
Mark Levin (replaced Jerry Doyle, June 2007)
Red Eye RadioIn 2005, the station made waves by moving Rush Limbaugh over to sister-station WGOW-FM, resulting in a slight increase in ratings for the FM station, but a precipitous ratings drop for the AM. Limbaugh subsequently returned to the AM lineup in 2006.
The station is an affiliate of the Tennessee Titans radio network.WJMP
WJMP AM 1520 was a daytime only radio station licensed to Kent, Ohio and serving the Akron, Ohio radio market. WJMP operated with a maximum power output of 1,000 watts, using a six-tower, daytime-only directional antenna pattern.
WJMP was the Akron affiliate of Mancow in the Morning, The Laura Ingraham Show, The Savage Nation, and The Dennis Miller Show. AM 1520 also carried CBS Radio newscasts hourly. It was commonly owned with FM station WNIR and low-power television stations WAOH-CD channel 29 Akron and W16DO-D channel 16 Cleveland, which simulcast together as the Cleveland market's Retro Television Network affiliate.WJNT
WJNT (1180 AM) is a radio station licensed to Pearl, Mississippi. WJNT is currently owned by Alpha Media through licensee Alpha Media Licensee LLC and its sister stations are WJMI, WKXI-FM, WOAD, WRKS, and WJQS. All six stations have shared studios which are located in Ridgeland, a suburb of Jackson, while the transmitter tower for WJNT is located in Pearl.
WJNT broadcasts a News/Talk format with mostly syndicated talk shows such as Brian Kilmeade, Mark Levin and Laura Ingraham. WJNT operates at 50,000 Watts during the day, 10,000 Watts during critical hours and 500 Watts at night.WMOX
WMOX (1010 AM) is a radio station broadcasting in the Meridian, Mississippi, Arbitron market. The station carries a News/Talk format, featuring personalities such as Rush Limbaugh, Dave Ramsey, and Laura Ingraham.WNOS
WNOS (1450 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a talk radio format. Licensed to New Bern, North Carolina, it serves the New Bern area. The station is owned by CTC Media Group. In addition to sports talk from NBC Sports Radio, it also carries Westwood One's Dennis Miller show, the self-syndicated Laura Ingraham show, and Salem Media's Michael Medved and Dennis Prager.WSKY-FM
WSKY-FM (97.3 MHz) is a commercial FM radio station licensed to Micanopy, Florida, and serving the Gainesville-Ocala, Florida radio market. The station airs a talk radio format and is owned by Entercom Communications.WSKY carries a local weekday morning talk and information show, followed by nationally syndicated talk programs. They include Laura Ingraham, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Mark Levin, Michael Savage, Beyond Reality Radio, Coast to Coast AM with George Noory and This Morning, America's First News with Gordon Deal. Weekends feature shows on money, health, real estate, law, gardening, computers and cigars, some of which are paid brokered programming. Hosts include Kim Komando, Bill Handel, Clark Howard and Bill Cunningham. Most hours begin with world and national news from ABC Radio News.WTAX
WTAX is an AM news/talk radio station licensed to and serving the Springfield, Illinois, United States, area. It broadcasts on both the 1240 AM and 93.5 frequencies. It previously also broadcast on 107.5 FM, via the W298AP translator, which once served as a second signal for sister adult hits station WABZ. The simulcast with W298AP lasted until January 31, 2017, when W298AP switched to oldies, simulcasting WDBR's HD3 subchannel.
WTAX carries The Rush Limbaugh Show, Wall Street Journal This Morning, Coast to Coast AM, Clark Howard, and The Laura Ingraham Show.
WTAX-FM was also the original call sign of WTAX's sister station at 103.7, now WDBR.WZAN
WZAN (970 kHz) is an AM radio station broadcasting a sports format with programming from ESPN Radio. Licensed to Portland, it serves Central and Southern Maine. The station is owned by Saga Communications and operates at 5000 watts. By day, the station uses a non-directional antenna but at night the signal is directional to protect other radio stations on 970 kHz. The transmitter is located in Scarborough, Maine and studios and offices are in South Portland. WZAN's programming is also broadcast on translator station W268CS (101.5 FM) in Portland.
WZAN was a talk radio station airing nationally syndicated shows from Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham and Dave Ramsey until January 1, 2016, when the station switched to sports. The talk shows were moved over to co-owned 1490 WBAE.
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