Greta Van Susteren
|Greta Van Susteren|
June 11, 1954 |
Appleton, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Education||University of Wisconsin-Madison
Georgetown University Law Center
|Occupation||Host of On the Record
(Fox News Channel)
|Spouse(s)||John P. Coale|
|Bio on FoxNews.com|
Greta Van Susteren (born June 11, 1954) is an American commentator and television personality on the Fox News Channel, where she hosts On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren. A former criminal defense and civil trial lawyer, she appeared as a legal analyst on CNN co-hosting Burden of Proof with Roger Cossack from 1994 to 2002, playing defense attorney to Cossack's prosecutor.
Van Susteren was born in Appleton, Wisconsin, and is of Dutch, French, Irish, Icelandic, and German ancestry on her paternal side. Van Susteren's father, Urban Van Susteren, an elected judge, was a longtime friend of U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy and a campaign strategist for him, although Urban later broke with him.
Van Susteren's sister, Lise, is a forensic psychiatrist in Bethesda, Maryland. In 2006, Lise was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. Her brother, Dirk Van Susteren, was a journalist and long-time editor of the Vermont Sunday magazine, jointly published, until folding in 2008, by the Rutland Herald and the Barre-Montpelier-Times Argus.
Van Susteren graduated from Xavier High School in Appleton in 1972 and the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1976, where she studied geography and economics. She later earned a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1979 and prior to the start of her television work returned to Georgetown Law as an adjunct faculty member in addition to her full-time legal career. She was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from Stetson Law School.
In 2002, Van Susteren switched to the Fox News Channel after a highly publicized contract bidding war. Since then, she has hosted the current affairs show On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren. In 2012 an orphanage and school opened in Haiti called The Greta Home and Academy, which Greta and her husband helped found alongside Samaritan's Purse.
In 2014, Van Susteren criticized a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Texas, Dwayne Stovall, who is challenging two-term incumbent John Cornyn in the primary election on March 4, 2014, after Stovall ran an advertisement calling Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Cornyn's superior in the Senate leadership, an ineffective "Beltway turtle". Until the controversial advertisement, the media had largely ignored Stovall's candidacy. Van Susteren called Stovall a "jerk" for running the ad: "You can be clever and funny in ads … or you can be gratuitously insulting."
Van Susteren married tort lawyer John P. Coale in 1988. Coale, a self-described "ambulance chaser", became known as "Bhopal Coale" for his solicitation of clients among victims of the Bhopal disaster. He has served as an adviser for Sarah Palin.
In recognition of her Dutch heritage she was asked to assume the role of Honorary Chairperson of the Little Chute Windmill Committee. The windmill, an authentic reproduction of a Dutch one, will be built in Little Chute, Wisconsin, where Van Susteren's family lived for some time.
- "Letters from Greta". Classic Wisconsin.
- "A Call to Action". Fox News. November 7, 2005. Retrieved July 4, 2010.
- Wagner, John (September 1, 2005). "Lise Van Susteren Joins Md. Senate Race". Washington Post.
- "Dirk Van Susteren". Maple Corner Media. Retrieved July 4, 2010.
- "Greta Van Susteren - Biography". Answers.com. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
- "Greta Slams Longshot GOP Candidate as 'Jerk' for McConnell Insult, February 14, 2014". newsmax.com. Retrieved February 16, 2014.
- Jacoby, Mary (December 13, 1998). "High profile couple never pairs church and state". St. Petersburg Times.
- Goldberg, Jonah (October 26, 1998). "Regrettable Van Susteren". National Review.
- Stelter, Brian (May 25, 2009). "A Host Defends Her Brand". The New York Times.
- Dunn, Geoffrey (May 2011). The Lies of Sarah Palin. St. Martin's Press. p. 396. ISBN 0-312-60186-7.
- "Lobster Van Susteren, Anyone?". New York Magazine. July 24, 2006. Retrieved July 4, 2010.
- "GoDutch". GoDutch. April 7, 2007. Retrieved May 16, 2010.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Greta Van Susteren.|
- FOX News Bio of Greta Van Susteren
- On the Record w/Greta Van Susteren, from FOXnews.com
- Greta Van Susteren at the Internet Movie Database