Andrea Tantaros

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Andrea K. Tantaros
Born Andreana Kostantina Tantaros[1]
(1978-12-30) December 30, 1978 (age 35)
Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Education Parkland High School
Lehigh University the Sorbonne (University of Paris)
Occupation Political Analyst
Height 1.63 m (5 ft 4 in)
Television The Five (Fox News Channel)
Website

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Bio on FoxNews.com

Andreana Kostantina Tantaros (born December 30, 1978) is an American conservative political analyst and commentator who currently rotates as a co-host on The Five on Fox News Channel at 5 pm EST.[2] Tantaros also appears regularly on the Fox Business Channel and writes a weekly column for the New York Daily News and Newsmax.[3][4]

Biography[edit]

Personal life[edit]

Tantaros was born in Allentown in the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania on 30 December 1978 to an immigrant Greek family. As a teenager, she worked as a waitress in her family's restaurant, the "Pied Piper Diner", near Trexlertown.[5][6]

She graduated from Parkland High School[7] in 1997. In 2001, Tantaros graduated from Lehigh University, where she majored in journalism and French, as well as wrote political commentary for Lehigh's college newspaper.[8][citation needed] Tantaros pursued post-undergraduate studies at the Sorbonne.[3] Tantaros lives in New York City.[4]

Professional life[edit]

Tantaros lived in the Washington, D.C. area from 2003 to 2005. She worked on Capitol Hill, where she served as Press Secretary to the Republican leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives. She has worked on political campaigns for former Governor of Massachusetts Bill Weld, District Attorney Jeanine Pirro and Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Thomas Reynolds. During her time with the House leadership, Tantaros was responsible for helping craft and execute the media strategy for the Republican majority. Tantaros also worked at CNN's Crossfire, for former Reagan pollster Richard Wirthlin, and as Deputy Press Secretary to then Congressman (now Senator) Pat Toomey.[9]

Having moved to New York City in 2005, Tantaros is currently a vice president at the Manhattan public affairs firm, Sloane and Company.[3] Prior to this position, she started Andrea Tantaros Media which provided crisis management and media strategy consulting to Fortune 500 companies and political campaigns.[10]

Tantaros joined Fox News Channel in April 2010 as a political contributor.[10] She has appeared on Fox, CNN, CNBC, and MSNBC.[3] She appeared on the Fox channel during the morning time period where she debated Bob Beckel and Juan Williams in the political segments. She continues to co-host on The Five on Fox News.[11] She is represented by the William Morris agency.[12]

It was announced on December 19, 2012, that Andrea Tantaros would co-host a national radio talk show with conservative author Jason Mattera on Talk Radio Network starting on January 2, 2013 in the time slot previously held by Laura Ingraham. The show would air Monday to Friday and would be called The Andrea Tantaros Show with Jason Mattera. At the end of the August 12, 2012 episode of The Five during the "One More Thing" segment, Beckel announced Tantaros would no longer appear during the morning time period on Fox News due to her new radio show. Tantaros continued her association with the Fox news program The Five. On 10 October Tantaros discontinued her radio program, The Andrea Tantaros Show, and filed suit against the show's provider, Talk Radio Network, for breach of contract.[13] She intends to return to Fox News full-time.

Commentary on Malia Obama and birth control[edit]

On May 3, 2013, after President Barack Obama said he was comfortable with the Food and Drug Administration's decision to lower the age limit on the Plan B emergency contraceptive pill, Tantaros asked her listeners how the change would apply to his 14-year-old daughter, Malia, when she turned 15.[14] Tantaros said, "if the president is going to talk about his daughters, typically I would not talk about the daughters". Kat Stoeffel of Media Matters for America criticized Tantaros in New York magazine for saying she would not talk about the president's daughters and then talking about Malia. Stoeffel said that Tantaros confused the FDA with the USDA.[15][16]

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