Shuster in 2008
|Born||David Martin Shuster
July 22, 1967
|Alma mater||University of Michigan|
|Spouse(s)||Julianna Goldman (2007–2011)
Kera Rennert (2013–present)
|Awards||Disabled American Veterans, Bugle Award (2006)
David Martin Shuster (born July 22, 1967) is an American television journalist and talk radio host. He currently works for Al Jazeera America. He has also been an anchor for MSNBC and worked for Fox News, CNN, and Current TV.
Shuster's high profile career has included some controversies, including suspension from MSNBC in April 2010 after secretly auditioning for a new CNN show. After MSNBC, Shuster was hired to serve as "primary substitute anchor" for Current TV's re-launch of Countdown with Keith Olbermann. In January 2012, Shuster began hosting his own syndicated political talk radio show. In July 2013, he was hired to host a show on Al Jazeera America.
Shuster was born to a Jewish family in Bloomington, Indiana. He is the son of Arnold Shuster of Bloomington and Susan Klein of Nashville, Indiana; and stepson of Robert Agranoff (married to his mother) and Rose Mahern-Shuster (married to his father). He has one living brother, Jonathan. He graduated in 1985 from Bloomington High School South, and with honors from the University of Michigan. He is in the process of completing a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs at Georgetown University. He was married on May 27, 2007, to journalist Julianna Goldman, at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, in Washington, D.C.. On January 10, 2011, the Washington Post reported that Goldman and Shuster had separated. The couple had no children. On July 23, 2012, Shuster announced his engagement to Kera Rennert, a television writer and producer. Shuster and Rennert married on February 16, 2013, at the Angel Orensanz Foundation for Contemporary Art in New York City. On June 11, 2013, Shuster's wife, Kera Rennert, gave birth to their first child, Ayala Danielle Rennert Shuster.
Shuster started his journalism career at CNN's Washington, D.C. bureau. He was an assignment editor and field producer from 1990 to 1994, covering both the Persian Gulf War and the 1992 presidential election campaign. Shuster left CNN in 1994 to become a political reporter for the ABC affiliate KATV in Little Rock, Arkansas, covering the Whitewater scandal. During this period, Shuster led KATV's coverage of the indictment, trial, conviction, and resignation of Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker. At KATV, Shuster won a regional Emmy Award for investigative journalism for his reporting on a manufactured housing scandal.
From 1996 to 2002, Shuster was a Washington, D.C.-based correspondent for the Fox News Channel. He was at the Pentagon at the time of the September 11, 2001 attacks and led Fox's coverage of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan. During the Clinton Administration, Shuster led Fox's coverage of the Clinton investigations including Whitewater, the Monica Lewinsky scandal, the Starr Report and the Senate impeachment trial.
Shuster was also a member of Fox's "You Decide 2000" political team. He spent four months on John McCain's "Straight Talk Express" bus and was Fox's lead correspondent for McCain's presidential campaign.
Shuster left Fox News for MSNBC/NBC in 2002. In early 2003, he traveled to Qatar, where he provided coverage from the United States Central Command during Operation Iraqi Freedom for hourly live reports in prime time. Later, he was in California for two months for MSNBC's television program Hardball with Chris Matthews as lead correspondent on the 2003 California recall election, in which Governor Gray Davis was recalled and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected. In 2004 he led the show's coverage of the presidential campaign, including leading the "ad watch team," which analyzed 150 campaign ads. In all, he filed more than 700 correspondent reports for the show.
Occasionally, Shuster filled in for Chris Matthews on Hardball, including an interview of former President Jimmy Carter. During the trial relating to the Plame affair, Shuster blogged for Hardball on Hardblogger about the Lewis "Scooter" Libby trial and about other political matters. In addition to this, Shuster filled in for commentator Keith Olbermann on Countdown.
In August 2005, Shuster reported from the eye of Hurricane Katrina as it made landfall in Biloxi, Mississippi; Shuster’s reports aired on MSNBC and NBC Nightly News. Shuster spent several weeks reporting on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina from New Orleans.
On September 24, 2007, Shuster interviewed Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn while filling in on Tucker Carlson's show. When Shuster asked about her response to the MoveOn.org ad campaign concerning General David Petraeus's Iraq war testimony, he followed up by then asking her the name of the last soldier from her congressional district who had been killed in Iraq; she was not able to name the soldier. Shuster mentioned that it was 18-year-old Jeremy Bohannon, and asked Blackburn why she was not able to recall the name. Blackburn's office soon claimed that Bohannon was not actually from Blackburn's congressional district, but was from the congressional district of Rep. John Tanner. However, while Bohannon did grow up in Tanner's district, his legal residence for the year prior to his enlistment was in Blackburn's district.
When Shuster was still with MSNBC, he famously mocked Tea Party participants. He stated: "For most Americans, Wednesday, April 15, will be Tax Day, but . . . it’s going to be Teabagging Day for the right wing, and they’re going nuts for it. Thousands of them whipped out the festivities early this past weekend, and while the parties are officially toothless, the teabaggers are full-throated about their goals. They want to give President Obama a strong tongue-lashing and lick government spending"
During his MSNBC tenure, he anchored MSNBC Live and filled in for Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, Ed Schultz, and Rachel Maddow on their respective shows. Shuster was MSNBC's lead "breaking news anchor," and anchored prime time coverage of several stories including the death of Michael Jackson, congressional votes for health care reform, and the earthquake in Haiti. After the promotion of David Gregory to Meet the Press in December 2008, Shuster was named host of MSNBC's 6p show, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Chelsea Clinton remark and suspension
On February 7, 2008, while he was guest-hosting on Tucker, Shuster discussed Chelsea Clinton's campaigning for her mother Hillary Clinton, her efforts to influence superdelegates and her refusal to answer any questions by the media. When his guest, Bill Press, pointed out that Bush's daughters campaigned for their father, Shuster noted the different access rules in each case and responded, "There's just something a little bit unseemly to me that Chelsea's out there calling up celebrities, saying support my mom... doesn't it seem like Chelsea's sort of being pimped out in some weird sort of way?"
The Clinton campaign demanded an apology and stated that Clinton might not participate in any further primary debates on MSNBC. Shuster was suspended for two weeks from all NBC News and MSNBC appearances for his comments. Before the suspension, Shuster had engaged in a heated e-mail exchange with a Clinton staffer in which he defended his remarks.
Indefinite suspension from MSNBC
On April 6, 2010, MSNBC announced that it had suspended David Shuster for an "indefinite period" after the network learned from press reports that Shuster, and Michel Martin of National Public Radio, had taped a pilot episode for a new show on CNN without the formal approval of MSNBC.
On June 6, 2011, Keith Olbermann and Current TV announced that Shuster was hired to serve as "primary substitute anchor" for the network's re-launch of Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Starting July 29, 2011, David Shuster became a regular guest-host of Countdown. The series ended on March 30, 2012, but Shuster remained as correspondent for the network.
Shuster announced in February 2011 that he is seeking to launch a website for investigative journalism.
In January 2012, Shuster began to host his own political talk radio show, Take Action News with David Shuster, on WPWC, a local progressive talk radio station in Washington, D.C. In March 2012, the program entered syndication with WCPT in Chicago joining as the first affiliate. In December 2012, the program started internet video production via YouTube, produced by The David Pakman Show.
Al Jazeera America
On July 21, 2013, The Huffington Post reported that Shuster has accepted a hosting position at Al Jazeera America. Shuster currently provides updates and analysis during live news and is a fill in host for the channel.
Awards and honors
Shuster won an Emmy Award in 1996 for a series of investigative reports exposing the corruption in the Arkansas Manufactured Housing Commission (state panel regulating the mobile home industry). In 2006, Shuster was given the Bugle Award by the Disabled American Veterans for his coverage of the 2005 National Disabled Veterans Sports Clinic and the hour-long special that accompanied it on MSNBC.
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- "NBC VP Wanted to Fire Shuster 'On the Spot'". February 9, 2008. Archived from the original on February 11, 2008. Retrieved February 10, 2008. "Griffin threatened to fire Shuster "on the spot,' and it was only with intervention from Tim Russert that Shuster didn't lose his position."
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- Calderone, Michael (February 9, 2008). "Reporter initially defended Chelsea comment". Politico.com. Retrieved February 10, 2008. "By slamming any reporter who seeks to chat with chelsea while simultaneously having chelsea do campaign tasks such as trying to convince super delegates to support her mom, that's the reference. Chelsea is polite and does a fine job of saying 'I don't want to talk.'. But for campaign staff to then jump down the throat of a reporter who seeks to talk to chelsea... that's an issue."
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- Calderone, Michael (July 21, 2013). "David Shuster Joining Al Jazeera America: Source". The Huffington Post.
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