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John Frank Stossel

March 6, 1947 (1947-03-06) (age 74)
Education Princeton University (BA)
Occupation Libertarian pundit, author, columnist, reporter, TV presenter
Years active 1969–present
Notable credit(s)
Spouse(s) Ellen Abrams
Children 2

John Frank Stossel (born March 6, 1947) is an American consumer television personality, author, and libertarian pundit, known for his career on both ABC News and Fox Business Channel.

Stossel's style combines reporting and commentary. It reflects a libertarian political philosophy and views on economics which are largely supportive of the free market. He began his journalism career as a researcher for KGW-TV, was a consumer reporter at WCBS-TV in New York City, and then joined ABC News as a consumer editor and reporter on Good Morning America. Stossel went on to be an ABC News correspondent, joining the weekly news magazine program 20/20, going on to become co-anchor. In October 2009, Stossel left his long-time employment at ABC News to join the Fox Business Channel, as the host of a weekly news show on Fox Business, Stossel, which was broadcast from December 10, 2009, to December 16, 2016. Stossel also regularly provides analysis, appearing on various other Fox News Channel programs, including weekly appearances on The O'Reilly Factor. He also writes a Fox News blog, "John Stossel's Take".

As a reporter, Stossel has received numerous honors for his consumer reporting, including 19 Emmy Awards and five awards from the National Press Club. Stossel has written three books recounting how his experiences in journalism shaped his socioeconomic views, Give Me a Break in 2004, Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity in 2007, and No They Can't! Why Government Fails but Individuals Succeed in 2012. Stossel has also served as a spokesman for the Stuttering Foundation of America.

Personal life

Stossel lives in New York City with his wife, Ellen Abrams. They have two children, Lauren and Max. They also own a home in Massachusetts.

Stossel came to embrace his family's Ashkenazi Jewish heritage after marrying his wife, who is also 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.

Stossel's brother, Thomas P. Stossel, is a Harvard Medical School professor and co-director of the Hematology Division at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital. He has served on the advisory boards of pharmaceutical companies such as Merck and Pfizer. Stossel's nephew is journalist and magazine editor Scott Stossel.

On April 20, 2016, Stossel, who stated that he had never smoked, revealed that he had lung cancer which was caught early and given an excellent prognosis.

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