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John Stossel          

Emmy-Award Winning Journalist & "20/20" Anchor and Correspondent

After joining ABCs 20/20, John Stossel became known nationwide as a thought provoking, intelligent journalist who asks hard questions. He began doing one-hour prime-time specials that examined in depth such important issues as greed, gender differences and spurious lawsuits. For his work on 20/20 and his prime-time specials, he has received dozens of awards, including 19 Emmy Awards, and has been called the most consistently thought-provoking TV reporter of our time.

Recently, Stossel traveled around the world comparing America with life elsewhere and to ask Is America Number #1? where he explores what it is about America that accounts for its inventiveness and prosperity. In You Cant Say That!: Whats Happening to Free Speech?, Stossel looked at several fronts in the battle between free speech and censorship. He looked at gender differences in Boys and Girls Are Different, the mechanics of mating in Love, Lust, and Marriage, and the science behind happiness for The Mystery of Happiness. He examined bogus lawsuits in The Trouble With Lawyers and bogus scientific claims in Junk Science: What You Know That May Not Be So.

In addition to longer reports for 20/20, Stossel is featured on his weekly segment called Give Me a Break, on 20/20 Friday. These short commentaries have taken skeptical looks at a wide range of issues, including an examination of people who want to censor cartoons, controversial baseball player John Rocker, the color you can paint your house, and those who want government to police our homes and to rule on what prices are fair.

Stossel has been honored five times for excellence in consumer reporting by the National Press Club. Among his other awards are the George Polk Award for Outstanding Local Reporting and the George Foster Peabody Award. In his early years at ABC, Stossel was consumer editor at Good Morning America. Prior to that, he was a consumer reporter at WCBS-TV in New York City. He began as a researcher for KGW-TV in Portland, Oregon. He is a 1969 graduate of Princeton University with a B.A. in psychology.

Speech Topics

Leading Reporter

Journalist and Entertainer

Pandering To Fear- The Media's Crisis Mentality

Freedom and It’s Enemies

Looking at Current Affairs With John Stossel

Give Me A Break: Asking the Right Questions

Pandering to Fear: The Media's Crisis Mentality


Fox’s John Stossel takes on elite media, political ‘ruling class’ in prime-time broadcast

Fox Business Network host John Stossel is taking on “the ruling class” of politics, and their strident influence on the 2016 election during a prime-time broadcast at 9 p.m. ET on Friday.

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