Van Susteren, Greta Profile
Greta Van Susteren
Greta Van Susteren is currently Chief National Political Analyst for Gray TV, with two additional shows with Gray in development. Gray TV has more than 145 stations nationwide – from Alaska to Hawaii to Iowa to Florida and in between. She is also the anchor of Voice of America weekly television program “Plugged In” about foreign policy which airs worldwide and is translated into many languages (eg Farsi and broadcast in Iran.) She is a former anchor at CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC. She spent about 7 years at CNN before moving over to Fox News Channel in 2002 where she anchored a show for 14 ½ years. At Fox News Channel, she was the host of the prime-time news and interview program On the Record with Greta Van Susteren. On the Record remained all 14 1/2 years as the highest rated cable news program in its time slot. Greta has interviewed many world leaders – some multiple times. The list includes, but is not limited to, President Jimmy Carter, President Bill Clinton, President George H. W. Bush, President George W. Bush, President Barak Obama (when he was a US Senator); President Trump, Vice President Dan Quayle, Vice President Dick Cheney, Vice President Mike Pence; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, NSA (National Security Advisor) General HR McMaster, NSA John Bolton, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, Speaker of the House John Boehner as well as many other notable cabinet members (Secretary of HUD Ben Carson, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Energy Earnest Moniz, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry and more), U.S. Senators, members of Congress, governors. She has also interviewed First Ladies of the United States – including Barbara Bush, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush (and traveled to 6 nations in the Middle East with Mrs. Bush as she promoted breast care awareness) and Melania Trump (when her husband was a candidate.) She has also interviewed spiritual leaders, including Reverend Billy Graham and Reverend Franklin Graham. Greta has interviewed many foreign world leaders including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu many times, former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Van Susteren has testified before Congress (House Foreign Relations Committee) about the Rohingya crisis having traveled to the region 4 times (twice to Myanmar and twice to the refugee camp in Bangladesh.) She has also reported for the Voice of America hour long documentary Displaced about the Rohingya genocide. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KceXOdkw8tA&t=1s ) Greta has interviewed many business leaders including Ted Turner, Mike Bloomberg, Phil Knight, Brad Smith, and many more. Greta has interviewed prominent figures in the entertainment and sports worlds including Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Gary Sinise, Katharine McPhee, Celine Dion, Kim Kardashian, Liza Minelli, Cal Ripken, Brett Favre, Bart Starr, Joe Namath, Mike Tyson, Joe Theismann, Drew Brees, Tony Dungy, and Mike Ditka and more. She maintains an active social media presence (including more than 1.2 million followers on Twitter and more than 1 million followers on Facebook.) She also started the first TV news anchor blog (GretaWire.) Van Susteren also hosted the popular podcast Greta Talk that was streamed on iTunes, TuneIn and Stitcher. Her current show on Voice of America, in addition to being broadcast around the world, is available on podcast. She has traveled the world including to nations to North Korea (3 times), Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, India, Peru, Uruguay, Mexico, Germany, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE, Liberia, Barbuda, Sudan, South Sudan, Egypt, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar (Burma), Bangladesh, Liberia, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Panama, Colombia, England, Ecuador, France, Germany etc. to cover international news stories. She has covered disasters around the world, for example: Ecuador (earthquake), Saipan (typhoon), Tinian (typhoon) Haiti, (earthquake and cholera and hurricane), Liberia (post ebola), Antigua (hurricane), Barbuda (hurricane.) and been to several refugee camps around the world (Bangladesh, South Sudan, Iraq.) She has also been to the border reporting about the desperate people leaving Venezuela and fleeing to Colombia and beyond. She has also covered many, many disasters here in the USA including many hurricanes (e.g. Hurricane Katrina which she covered from New Orleans; Puerto Rico hurricane Irma and Maria) and floods and tornadoes around the nation. Prior to joining FNC, Van Susteren served as host of CNN's prime-time news and analysis show, The Point with Greta Van Susteren. She also co-hosted the network's daily legal program, Burden of Proof. Van Susteren joined CNN in 1991 as a legal analyst and, during her tenure with the network, contributed analysis to high-profile cases including the O.J. Simpson criminal and civil trials and the Elian Gonzalez custody battle. She also played an integral role in the legal analysis of CNN's coverage of Election 2000, for which she earned the American Bar Association's Presidential Award for Excellence in Journalism. She was also a recipient (with CNN colleagues) of the National Headliner Award as part of the CNN Investigative Team reporting on 911. The First Place award was for CNN’s “Outstanding Continuing Coverage of Attacks on America, and Their Aftermath.” Before her journalism career, Van Susteren was a practicing. She has represented various clients in civil and criminal cases during her career as a trial attorney. She has won multi-million dollar verdicts and done death penalty work She has also been a tireless advocate for the First Amendment having represented many clients on First Amendment issues. She has argued cases in federal appellate courts and state supreme courts. She served as an adjunct professor at the Law Center from 1984 through 1999 (the classes she taught included Trial Practice, Advanced Civil Procedure, Evidence, Media and the Law.) A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Van Susteren received a bachelor's degree with distinction in economics. She earned a Juris Doctor from Georgetown Law Center in 1979 and a Master of Law from Georgetown Law Center in 1982. Van Susteren was the first Stuart Stiller Fellow at Georgetown Law Center and in 2013 Van Susteren was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Georgetown Law School and gave the Law School commencement speech. She also delivered Harvard Law School’s 2001 Class Day Address. Greta sat on the Board of Directors at the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation for many years. She was named 6 times (years 2011-2016) by Forbes Magazine as one of the world's 100 most powerful women. In 2004, and again for 6 consecutive years from 2011 through 2016, Forbes magazine named Ms. Van Susteren one of the 100 most powerful women in the world. In 2004 and 2011-2013, she was the only woman from cable news on the list, and in 2014-2016 she was the only woman from all of television news on the list. Forbes discontinued the list after 2016 list. She is the recipient of the 2015 Excellence in Media Award from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Van Susteren was also awarded both the 2000-2001 Sandra Day O'Connor Medal of Honor from Seton Hall University and the 2001 American Bar Association Presidential Award for "Excellence in Journalism.” She received the 2016 Excellence in Journalism Award from the American News Women's Club. She is also the recipient of the first place 2002 National Headliners Award as part of an investigative team covering the "Attack on America.” She is also the 2016 recipient of the IAC (Israeli American Council) “Honest and Fairness” award and in 2018 received the Journalism award from the Retired FBI Agents society. Greta has participated on panels multiple times, including at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (Oct. 2015 / election 2016) and at Yale Law School (November 2016/‘civility’) and at the State Department on religious freedom around the world. She currently serves on Discovery Channel’s ‘Discovery Journalism Advisory Group.’ Greta's second book, Everything You Need to Know About Social Media Without Having to Ask a Kid is published by Simon and Schuster (publishing date November 14, 2017.) Greta is also the creator of the social media app “The Sorry App." Greta is married to John P. Coale and lives in Washington, D.C.
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