Jeff Kuhner

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Jeff Kuhner
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Jeff Kuhner speaking in 2010
Born Jeffrey Thomas Kuhner
(1969-09-01) September 1, 1969 (age 45)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Residence Boston, Massachusetts
Nationality Canadian
Occupation Radio talk show host
Commentator
Journalist
Employer The Washington Times, WRKO, The Edmund Burke Institute for American Renewal
Spouse(s) Grace Vuoto

Jeffrey Thomas "Jeff" Kuhner (born September 1, 1969) is a Canadian-American radio host, commentator, and was an editor of Insight on the News. He is a regular contributor to the commentary pages of The Washington Times, where he writes a weekly column, and his articles have appeared in Human Events, National Review Online and Investor's Business Daily.[1] He is also the president of the Edmund Burke Institute for American Renewal, a Washington D.C. think tank devoted to integrating minorities into the conservative movement. The Institute produces a monthly magazine, Reflections, to which he regularly contributes. He is also a radio personality, serving as morning drive personality at WRKO AM 680 in Boston.

Life and career[edit]

Kuhner was born in Montreal, Canada, to Croatian immigrant parents.[2] He is a graduate of Queen's University and did doctoral coursework at Ohio University.[2][3] Kuhner taught Modern US History at McGill University in Montreal from 1998 to 2000, when he was offered a one-year rather than the two-year extension he wanted. According to his website, Kuhner left the university, "disgusted with the political correctness and sterile intellectual environment prevalent in academia", and accepted a position with the Washington Times.[2][4] Kuhner worked from 2000 through 2003 as an assistant national editor at the Washington Times. After leaving the Washington Times, he worked for the Republican policy group the Ripon Society as communications director of the Ripon Forum. He was the editor of the US news magazine website Insight on the News from October 2005 until its closing in May 2008. Simultaneously, Kuhner worked at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, an education-policy organization, as its communications director.[2] In 2007, Insight on the News attracted much controversy over an article that used anonymous sources to claim that the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton planned to accuse rival Barack Obama of attending a madrasa.[5]

Insight's story focused on Obama's character as contrasted with Hillary Clinton. Kuhner wrote: "Indeed, Barack Obama has exceptional qualities and deserves kudos for his achievement. He is genteel, articulate, poised and charming. He is a Harvard-educated lawyer, yet he remains accessible to the common man. He has been married since 1992, has two lovely daughters and is by all accounts a devoted family man. He is a pious Christian and a member of the United Church of Christ."[6] Five years later, however, Kuhner's assessment of Obama was very different. He wrote in the Washington Times: "President Obama's re-election was more than a victory for liberalism. It represented America's collective suicide—a national push into a fiscal, cultural and moral abyss. We are sliding toward Greece."[7]

In May 2012, Kuhner wrote: "The center of world fascism is no longer Berlin, but Tehran. Iran's theocratic regime not only denies the Holocaust, it seeks to complete Hitler's Final Solution: the annihilation of the Jewish people and the Jewish state, Israel. This is why it is desperate to attain the bomb."[8]

Kuhner began his weekly column at the Washington Times in June 2008.[9]

Radio career[edit]

In November 2009, Kuhner became the host of The Kuhner Show, on Washington, D. C. station 570 WTNT. The show was canceled after WTNT became a sports station in September 2010. In January 2012, Kuhner launched a new program on Boston station WRKO, The Kuhner Report.[10] On October 31, 2012, The Kuhner Report expanded to the morning drive time slot (6 to 10 a.m.) on WRKO, replacing the previous morning show hosted by Todd Feinburg and Michele McPhee.[11] In addition to his own shows, Kuhner has guest hosted The Savage Nation and The Howie Carr Show.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jeffrey T. Kuhner: Conservative Articles – HUMAN EVENTS
  2. ^ a b c d "Jeffrey Thomas Kuhner". JeffKuhner.com. Retrieved March 11, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Jeffrey Kuhner". McGill University. Archived from the original on April 16, 2000. 
  4. ^ Chester, Bronwyn (April 6, 2000). "Fruitful exchange on teaching". McGill Reporter. Retrieved November 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ Kirkpatrick, David D. (January 29, 2007). "Feeding Frenzy for a Big Story, Even if It's False". The New York Times. Retrieved November 30, 2012. 
  6. ^ Insight on the News, editorial: "Washington Watch: Obama's fund-raising record reveals weakness of Hillary's campaign", 2007-7-1
  7. ^ Kuhner, By Jeffrey T. (December 27, 2012). "America’s pathway to decline". The Washington Times. 
  8. ^ Kuhner, By Jeffrey T. (May 31, 2012). "Obama's Holocaust revisionism". The Washington Times. 
  9. ^ His first column, "At cross-purposes?", appeared in the June 8, 2008 edition of The Washington Times.
  10. ^ "Jeff Kuhner takes over WRKO-AM 680 morning drive". WRKO. October 31, 2012. Retrieved January 11, 2013. 
  11. ^ Kantor, Ira (October 31, 2012). "WRKO taps Kuhner for morning drive, nixes Feinburg & McPhee". Boston Herald. Retrieved January 11, 2013.