Laura Ingraham

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Laura Ingraham
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Laura Ingraham in October 2011
Born Laura Anne Ingraham
(1964-06-19) June 19, 1964 (age 49)
Glastonbury, Connecticut, U.S.
Residence Washington, D.C.
Nationality American
Education Dartmouth College (A.B., 1984)
University of Virginia (J.D., 1991)
Occupation Radio personality
Religion Roman Catholic
Children Maria Caroline (adopted 2008)
Michael Dmitri
Nikolai Peter

Laura Anne Ingraham (born June 19, 1964) is an American radio talk show host, best-selling author, and conservative political commentator. Her nationally syndicated talk show, The Laura Ingraham Show, airs throughout the United States on Courtside Entertainment, and she is the official guest host for Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor. On April 13, 2014 George Stephanopoulos announced on his Sunday morning show, "This Week", that Laura Ingraham joined ABC News as its "newest contributor".

Early life and career[edit]

Ingraham grew up in a middle-class family in Glastonbury, Connecticut, where she was born.[2] She is the daughter of Anne Caroline (née Kozak) and James Frederick Ingraham III.[3][4] Her maternal grandparents were Polish immigrants.[5] She graduated from Glastonbury High School in 1981.

Ingraham earned a bachelor's degree at Dartmouth College in 1985 and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree at the University of Virginia School of Law in 1991. As a Dartmouth undergraduate, she was a staff member of the independent conservative newspaper, The Dartmouth Review. In her senior year, she was the newspaper's editor-in-chief,[6] its first female editor.[2] She wrote a few controversial articles during her tenure, notably an article alleging racist and unprofessional behavior by a Dartmouth music professor Bill Cole. Cole later sued Ingraham for $2.4 million; the college paid for his lawyer. The lawsuit was settled in 1985.[7]

She is alleged to have secretly taped certain meetings of a Dartmouth LGBT student group, later publishing the transcript, and the names of the officers, in the Review.[8] Jeffrey Hart, the faculty adviser for The Dartmouth Review described Ingraham as having "the most extreme antihomosexual views imaginable," and noted that "she went so far as to avoid a local eatery where she feared the waiters were homosexual."[9] In 1997, Ingraham wrote an essay in the Washington Post in which she stated that she changed her views after witnessing "the dignity, fidelity and courage" with which her gay brother Curtis and his late companion coped with AIDS.[9] Ingraham regrets the "callous rhetoric" of her youth, and now supports some legal protections for homosexuals.[9]

In the late 1980s, Ingraham worked as a speechwriter in the Ronald Reagan administration for the Domestic Policy advisor. She also briefly served as editor of The Prospect, the magazine issued by Concerned Alumni of Princeton. After law school, in 1991, she served as a law clerk for Judge Ralph K. Winter, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in New York and subsequently clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. She then worked as an attorney at the New York-based law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.[10]

In 1996, she and Jay P. Lefkowitz organized the first Dark Ages Weekend in response to the New Year's Renaissance Weekend of the Democrats.[11]

Ingraham has had two stints as a cable television host. In the late 1990s, she became a CBS commentator and hosted the MSNBC program Watch It! Several years later, Ingraham began openly campaigning for another cable television show on her radio program. She finally got her wish in 2008, when Fox News Channel gave her a three-week trial run for a new show entitled Just In.[12][13] She appeared in a leopard-print skirt on a 1995 cover of The New York Times Magazine in connection with an article about rising young conservatives.[14]

Her latest book is titled Of Thee I Zing and was released on July 12, 2011.

In August 2013, conservative Newsmax magazine named Ingraham among the "25 most influential women in the GOP".[15]

Ingraham suiting up for a VIP flight as a guest of the U.S. Navy at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia.

Radio show host[edit]

Ingraham launched The Laura Ingraham Show in April 2001, which is heard on 306 stations and on XM Satellite Radio. The show was originally syndicated by the now-defunct Westwood One, but moved to Talk Radio Network in 2004. Ingraham is also the official guest host of The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News Channel and a weekly contributor with her segment, "The Ingraham Angle."

In 2012, Laura Ingraham was rated as the No. 5 radio show in America, by Talkers Magazine.[16]

On November 27, 2012, Ingraham announced her departure from Talk Radio Network and will be off the air after more than nine years, declining to renew her contract with TRN. She said, in jest, that she decided to "pursue my first loves – modern dance and the xylophone".[17] Ingraham was the second major host from TRN's lineup to leave the network that year: TRN's other major program, The Savage Nation, left TRN two months earlier. Her new program, syndicated by Courtside Entertainment Group, began on January 2, 2013.[18]


  • Power to the People, a New York Times number one best seller,[22][23] published September 11, 2007, focuses on what Ingraham calls the "pornification" of America and stresses the importance of popular participation in culture, promoting conservative values in family life, education and patriotism.[24]
  • Of Thee I Zing, a New York Times best seller,[27] published July 12, 2011. The book is a collection of humorous anecdotes meant to point out the decline of American culture, from muffin tops to body shots.[28]
Laura Ingraham at Conservative Political Action Conference held in 2012


Ingraham had become estranged from her brother, Curtis, for a number of years, but they reconciled as young adults. On February 23, 1997, she had an op-ed published in the Washington Post where she spoke of her maturing:

"In the ten years since I learned my brother Curtis was gay my views and rhetoric about homosexuality have been tempered, because I have seen him and his companion Richard lead their lives with dignity, fidelity and courage."

She was once engaged to conservative author and fellow Dartmouth alumnus Dinesh D'Souza. She also has dated former New Jersey Democratic Senator Robert Torricelli.[29] In April 2005, she announced that she was engaged to businessman James V. Reyes, with a wedding planned in May or June 2005. On April 26, 2005, she announced that she had undergone breast cancer surgery. On May 11, 2005, Ingraham told listeners that her engagement to Reyes was canceled, citing issues regarding her diagnosis with breast cancer. Despite the breakup, she maintained that the two remain good friends and had told listeners, in 2006, that she was in good health.[30]

She is a convert to Catholicism.[31]

In May 2008, Ingraham adopted a young girl from Guatemala, whom she has named Maria Caroline.[32] In July 2009 she adopted a 13-month-old boy, Michael Dmitri, and two years later in June 2011 she announced the adoption of her third child, 13-month-old Nikolai Peter. Both of the boys were from Russia, a nation where Ingraham had spent considerable time earlier.[33]


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  6. ^ Shapiro, Gary (2006-04-28). "Dartmouth Review Celebrates 25 Years". The New York Sun. Retrieved 2008-06-24. ""The Review made me who I am," the radio host and former editor-in-chief of the Review, Laura Ingraham '85, said." 
  7. ^ James Panero and Stefan Beck, eds. The Dartmouth Review Pleads Innocent, pp. 43-58
  8. ^ Henniger, Maura. "Ingraham ‘85 renounces intolerance". The Dartmouth. 
  9. ^ a b c Carlson, Margaret (April 21, 1997). "Only In My Backyard". CNN. 
  10. ^ Kurtz, Howard (August 30, 2004). "Laura Ingraham, Reporting for W2004". The Washington Post. p. C.01. 
  11. ^ "Republican, Connected and Rising". National Law Journal. ALM Properties, Inc. March 11, 1996. Retrieved 2011-10-10. 
  12. ^ Great News on the Laura Ingraham Front by Michael Gaynor
  13. ^ America's Election HQ Returns Monday - TVNewser
  14. ^ Atlas, James (February 12, 1995). "The Counter Counterculture". The New York Times Magazine. 
  15. ^ Meyers, Jim. "Newsmax Exclusive: The 25 Influential Women of the GOP". Retrieved 8 January 2014. 
  16. ^ Talkers Magazine Online
  18. ^ "Laura Ingraham Returns To Radio January 2". 2012-12-13. Retrieved 2013-10-15. 
  19. ^ Mary McGrory, "The Hillary Trap: Looking for Power in All the Wrong Places", Washington Monthly, Vol. 32, No. 6 (June 2000), p. 51.
  20. ^ Cynthia Harrison, "The Hillary Trap: Women Looking for Power in All the Wrong Places", Library Journal, Vol. 125 No. 12 (July 2000), p. 119.
  21. ^ Kathryn Jean Lopez, "Books in Brief", National Review, Vol. 55, No. 21 (November 10, 2003), p. 51.
  22. ^ Arave, Lynn (October 12, 2007). "Author brings 'Power' to Utah". Deseret News. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  23. ^ "New York Times Best Seller List". Clapp Library. September 30, 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-24. 
  24. ^ "Radio's 'Power' broker". Washington Times. 2007-09-13. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  25. ^ Schuessler, Jennifer (August 1, 2010). "Hardcover Nonfiction". The New York Times. 
  26. ^ "Laura Ingraham takes aim in ‘The Obama Diaries’". MSNBC News. Retrieved 13 July 2010. 
  27. ^ Schuessler, Jennifer (July 31, 2011). "Hardcover Nonfiction". The New York Times. 
  28. ^ "Laura Ingraham's Of Thee I Zing". Daily Caller. Retrieved 13 July 2011. 
  29. ^ Laura Ingraham
  30. ^ Laura Ingraham Recovering from Cancer Surgery
  31. ^ Ingraham, Laura (2007). Power to the People. Washington, D.C.: Regnery Publishing. ISBN 978-1-59698-516-2. OCLC 152580809. , pp. 307-9.
  32. ^ "Laura Ingraham - Interview". National Review. Retrieved 2012-01-17. 
  33. ^ "Love, Etc". The Washington Post. 2009-07-30. Retrieved 2010-04-12. 

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