John Stossel

American television reporter and founder

Stossel TV

John Stossel is an American television reporter and commentator at the ABC (American Broadcasting Company) newsmagazine 20/20.

He graduated from Princeton University in 1969 with a B.A. in psychology. He soon began a television journalism career, initially as a researcher for KGW in Portland, Oregon, and then as a consumer reporter for WCBS in New York City. He was a consumer editor for ABC’s Good Morning America before becoming a correspondent for 20/20 in 1981. In time, Stossel’s role on the program expanded, and his occasional segment ‘Give Me a Break,’ in which he skeptically examined topics ranging from education to government regulation, eventually became a regular feature of the show. In 1994, ‘Give Me a Break’ was transformed into a series of one-hour prime-time specials that enjoyed consistently strong ratings. In 2003, ABC named Stossel a co-anchor of 20/20.

In 2009, Stossel joined the Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network as a special series host, author of the blog ‘John Stossel’s Take,’ and anchor of the weekly news program Stossel (2009–2016), focusing on libertarian issues.

After 40+ years of reporting, he created his own Stossel TV to explain liberty and free markets to young people.

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