Laura Anne Ingraham (born June 19, 1963) is an American conservative television and radio talk show host. She hosts the nationally syndicated radio show, The Laura Ingraham Show, is the editor-in-chief of LifeZette, and host of The Ingraham Angle on Fox News.
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 Doctorate from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1991. As a Dartmouth undergraduate, she was a staff member of the independent conservative newspaper The Dartmouth Review. In her senior year, she was the newspaper's editor-in-chief, its first female editor.
She wrote several controversial articles during her tenure, notably an article alleging racist and unprofessional behavior by Dartmouth music professor Bill Cole. Cole lodged a $2.4 million libel suit against this publication and three of its student editors. After two years of legal proceedings, Cole dropped his claim.
As editor of The Dartmouth Review, she had a reporter go undercover at an LGBTQ meeting on Dartmouth campus and published the transcript including the attendees. She was criticised for forcibly outing them to friends and family. At the start of the meeting, an oath of confidentiality was read whereby participants in the meeting were assured that information from the meeting would not be made public. 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".
During her time at the Dartmouth Review, Ingraham was known to harbor homophobic views. In 1997, she apologized for her homophobia. 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, she wrote an essay in The Washington Post in which she stated that she 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, but still believes that marriage "is between a man and a woman".
In the late 1980s, Ingraham worked as a speechwriter in the Ronald 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 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. In the late 1990s, she became a CBS commentator and hosted the MSNBC program Watch It!. Several years later, Ingraham began campaigning for another cable television show on her radio program. She finally got 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.
Political columnist Paul Bedard reported on January 15, 2017 that Ingraham had been approached by Republican Party "insiders" to run for the United States Senate seat held by Tim Kaine, Democrat of Virginia. Ingraham later confirmed that she was considering it.
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 said, in jest, that she had decided to "pursue my first loves – modern dance and the xylophone". 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.
In March 2018, Ingraham was criticized by David Hogg, a 17-year old student activist present during the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting. Hogg's reaction to followed a Twitter post by Ingraham in which she stated, "David Hogg Rejected By Four Colleges To Which He Applied and whines about it. (Dinged by UCLA with a 4.1 GPA...totally predictable given acceptance rates.)" Responding to Ingraham, Hogg posted on Twitter a list of Ingraham's advertisers and called for a boycott, accusing her of cyberbullying. In response to the boycott, some advertisers left the show. The following day, Ingraham apologized, also on Twitter, with the following: "Any student should be proud of a 4.2 GPA —incl. @DavidHogg111. On reflection, in the spirit of Holy Week, I apologize for any upset or hurt my tweet caused him or any of the brave victims of Parkland." Hogg dismissed the apology as insincere. When Ingraham announced on Friday, March 30, that she would be on vacation the following week with her children, Hogg responded to her in another Tweet stating, "Have some healthy reflections this Holy Week."
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.
Ingraham was described by the New York Times in 2017 as an "ardent nationalist". She is known for her strong support for Donald Trump. She holds anti-immigration views, and in 2014, she said that allowing more immigrant workers to come to the United States would be "obscene to the American experience." She opposed the bipartisan 2013 US Senate comprehensive immigration reform. She has said that she has been influenced by Ronald Reagan, Robert Bork and Pat Buchanan. In 2017, Ingraham told the New York Times that she represents "the working-class, populist sensibility that is the beating heart of the Republican Party right now."
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.
In May 2008, Ingraham adopted a young girl from Guatemala, whom she has named Maria Caroline. In July 2009 she adopted a 13-month-old boy, Michael Dmitri, and two years later in June 2011 she announced the adoption of her third child, 13-month-old Nikolai Peter. Both of the boys were from Russia.
"The Review made me who I am", the radio host and former editor-in-chief of the Review, Laura Ingraham '85, said.
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