Andrea Tantaros

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Andrea Tantaros
Born Andreana Kostantina Tantaros[1]
(1978-12-30) December 30, 1978 (age 36)
Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Education Parkland High School
Lehigh University
University of Paris (The Sorbonne)
Occupation Political Analyst
Television The Five (Fox News Channel)
Website
andreatantaros.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 and Outnumbered on Fox News Channel at 5 pm EST and 12 pm EST, respectively.[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 and wrote political commentary for Lehigh's college newspaper.[8][citation needed] Tantaros pursued graduate 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 NEWS, 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 because of her new radio show. Tantaros continued her association with the Fox news program The Five. On October 10, 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.

On the August 20, 2014 edition of Outnumbered, in response to ISIL's beheading of James Foley, Tantaros, serving as co-host, spoke about Muslims, Islam and ISIS interchangeably. “They’ve been doing this for hundreds and hundreds of years if you study the history of Islam,” she said. "This isn't a surprise. You can’t solve it with a dialogue. You can’t solve it with a summit. You solve it with a bullet to the head.".[14] In response, the Asian American Journalists Association called the comment "alarming", "inflammatory" and "Islamophobi[c]" and demanded an apology.[15] Tantaros declared that she has "no intention of apologizing".[16]

On October 23, 2014; in response to model Chrissy Teigen's tweet over the prevalence of gun violence in America, Tantaros said on Outnumbered: "This is the problem when models start to talk. It plays into that dumb model stereotype. Because it’s too soon for her to weigh in, and also conflate gun control and crime in America with a global war against radical Islamic jihadism. She clearly doesn’t know about the radical Islamic threat to the nation, she hasn’t educated herself, but when she does stuff like this you’ve just got to shake your head.”[17]

In December 2014, Tantaros discussed a recently released Senate report on torture in the CIA using terms that earned mention internationally in Al Jazeera, Bustle, The Week, The Washington Post, The Independent, The Daily Telegraph, and others. Speaking to a fellow co-host on Fox News, Tantaros said: "And look, I agree with you, the United States of America is awesome. We are awesome. The reason they want to have this discussion is not to show how awesome we are. This administration wants to have this discussion to show us how we’re not awesome." [18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Outnumbered, May 14, 2014 http://video.foxnews.com/v/3566331772001/outnumbered-panel-discuss-their-monikers
  2. ^ http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/the-five/index.html The Five - Fox News Channel
  3. ^ a b c d Newsmax - Newsmax.com - Blogs
  4. ^ a b Conservative Women's Network
  5. ^ ""The Five", broadcast 14 October 2011". Fox News. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  6. ^ "Pied Piper Diner postcard". CardCow Vintage Postcards. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  7. ^ "Politics as Usual". The Morning Call. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  8. ^ Andrea Tantaros '01
  9. ^ http://www.andreatantaros.com/bio.cfm
  10. ^ a b "Andrea Tantaros". Fox News. Retrieved 19 October 2014. 
  11. ^ The Five - FoxNews.com
  12. ^ Former Press Secretary And Political Commentator Andrea Tantaros Signs With William Morris Talent Agency - Nypost.Com
  13. ^ Marcucci, C. (2013-10-10). "Andrea Tantaros sues TRN". 
  14. ^ Rothkopf, Joanna (Aug 20, 2014). "Fox News host’s shocking Islamophobic rant: "You solve it with a bullet to the head"". Salon. Retrieved Sep 28, 2014. 
  15. ^ Taibi, Catherine (Aug 28, 2014). "Asian American Journalism Organization Calls On Fox News To Apologize For 'Islamophobia'". Huffington Post. Retrieved Sep 28, 2014. 
  16. ^ Ronen, Gil (Aug 31, 2014). "Fox Host Won't Apologize for 'Bullet to the Head' Remark". Arutz Sheva. Retrieved Sep 28, 2014. 
  17. ^ Kutner, Jenny (Oct 23, 2014). "Fox News host tells model Chrissy Teigen not to worry her "lovely bottom" about gun control". Salon. Retrieved Dec 29, 2014. 
  18. ^ Richards, Victoria (Dec 10, 2014). "CIA torture: Fox News says 'the US is awesome' – and torture report is just 'one last shot at Bush'". The Independent. Retrieved Dec 28, 2014. 

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