Liz Claman

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Liz Claman
Born Elizabeth Kate Claman
(1963-12-12) December 12, 1963 (age 50)
Beverly Hills, California, U.S.
Occupation Anchor, Fox Business Network
Notable credit(s) Certificat Supérieur de Français, Various local Emmy awards
Title Business News Anchor
Religion Jewish
Spouse(s) Jeff Kepnes (m. 1999)

Elizabeth Kate "Liz" Claman is the anchor of the Fox Business Network show Countdown to the Closing Bell at 3 pm ET and co-anchor at 2 pm ET and 4 pm ET of Fox Business on the Fox Business Network alongside co-anchor David Asman. Claman was previously the co-anchor of the CNBC morning television program Morning Call. Before that, Claman was the co-host of the programs Wake Up Call and Market Watch and the anchor of the CNBC newsmagazine program Cover to Cover. Claman also served as a substitute anchor for The News with Brian Williams before Williams left MSNBC for NBC News in 2004. She is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley.

Early years[edit]

Claman was born to Canadian parents in Beverly Hills, California, on December 12, 1963. Her family is Jewish, and originates from Russia.[1][2][3] Her late[4] father, Dr. Morris Claman, was a world-renowned urologist and associate clinical professor of urology at the UCLA School of Medicine. Her mother is actress June Beverly Claman (née Faibish).[2][5] For her early education, Claman went to Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts where she was a disc jockey for the school radio station, WPAA, and then attended Beverly Hills High School. She has been friends with fellow Fox News reporter Claudia Cowan since the second grade.[6]

After a brief stint at UC Santa Cruz, Claman transferred to UC Berkeley where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in French language. She also has a Certificat Supérieur de Français from the Sorbonne.


Claman got her start in television as a production assistant for Ann Curry, Paula Zahn and Jim Lampley at Los Angeles television station KCBS-TV. Claman's first on-the-air reporting job was at WSYX-TV (Columbus, Ohio) followed by a stint hosting a morning talk show, Morning Exchange, at WEWS-TV (Cleveland). Later, Claman served as a weekend anchor at WHDH-TV (Boston).

While working in local television, Claman won several local Emmy Awards.

In April 1998, Claman began her CNBC career as a freelancer, based in Fort Lee, New Jersey and later in neighboring Englewood Cliffs.[7] Six weeks into her 13-week trial period, CNBC gave Claman a long-term contract.[citation needed]

In November 2006, Claman made her debut as an author with her book, The Best Investment Advice I Ever Received.[8] On July 19, 2007, Claman announced her departure from CNBC effective immediately.[9] Claman started at Fox Business Network on October 18, 2007, 3 days after the expiration of her non-compete contract clause with CNBC. She is currently appearing on Fox Business Network on the 3p and co-anchors the 4 pm show ET. Since she joined Fox Business she has conducted interviews with global political and business leaders such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, Mario Gabelli, Eric Schmidt, Steve Forbes, Sarah Palin, Jack Kemp, Robert Diamond, Richard Branson, Alan Mulally, Dennis Kozlowski, Tom J. Donohue, Ivanka Trump, and Robert James Thomson; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Secretary of Treasury Lawrence Summers, Paul H. O'Neill, John W. Snow, and Timothy Geithner; former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Paul Volcker; former speaker of the house Newt Gingrich; U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chairman Harvey Pitt and Mary Schapiro; London Mayor Boris Johnson; Israel's Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz; Israeli President Shimon Peres; and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar. In addition to her daily three hours on Fox Business, she now appears regularly on CBS's The Early Show and has appeared on ABC's Good Morning America. She has been a guest on Fox News late-night satire show Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld, and also been interviewed by Jon Stewart on Comedy Central's The Daily Show.

Cable news show history[edit]

Fox Business Network[edit]


Personal life[edit]

Claman resides in Edgewater, New Jersey[10] with her husband Jeff Kepnes (whom she married in 1999),[11] an executive producer for CNN, and their two children.[12] Claman's oldest sister Danielle is an executive for Dick Wolf Films, another older sister is a Hollywood studio musician, and her younger brother is also a musician.

Claman is a member of the charitable organization Hadassah and has been featured in an article in that organization's magazine. In December 2012, she was named one of Jewish Women International's "Woman to Watch." Claman is a Big Sister in the Big Brother/Big Sister program at the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services of Manhattan. Claman also works extensively with Building Homes For Heroes, a charity that builds custom homes for severely disabled soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. She also is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Theatre Wing, the creator of the Tony Awards. Claman is a Tony Award voter.

Claman is an active public speaker. She has given speeches and moderated discussions regarding women and mothers in the workplace.

Despite having been born with mild scoliosis,[citation needed] Claman is an avid runner who completed the New York City Marathon in 2005[13] and she completed her first Triathlon in New York City in July 2009, finishing the Nautica Olympic-distance Triathlon in under 3.5 hours. She has since completed 3 more triathlons and in doing so has raised more than $100,000 for Building Homes For Heroes.[14] She is also a skier. In 2006 and 2007, Claman participated in the Jerry Ford Celebrity Cup Ski Race in Vail, Colorado sponsored by the Vail Valley Foundation charity. In 2007, Claman's ski team made the race finals.


  1. ^ James, Meg (2010-04-07). "Liz Claman is all in at Fox Business Network". Chicago Tribune. 
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  4. ^ Deibert, Dave (2007-01-17). "Renowned urologist Claman dies at 77". The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon: Postmedia Network). Retrieved 2011-05-29. 
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  6. ^ Claman, Liz (2011-10-28). The Dennis Miller Radio Show. Interview with Dennis Miller. 
  7. ^ Spelling, Ian (October 2009). "From Bulls & Bears to Bergen". (201) Magazine. Retrieved 2009-10-12. 
  8. ^ Claman, Liz (2006). The Best Investment Advice I Ever Received. New York: Warner Business Books. ISBN 978-0-446-57847-9. 
  9. ^ "Liz Claman Leaves CNBC". WebMediaBrands. 2007-07-19. Retrieved 2011-05-29. "CNBC confirmed the news in a memo this afternoon…" 
  10. ^ Rohan, Virginia (2008-12-03). "Anchored in Edgewater". The Record (North Jersey Media Group). Retrieved 2008-12-03. 
  11. ^ New York Times: "WEDDINGS; Jeffrey Kepnes, Elizabeth Claman" January 24, 1999
  12. ^ Kurtz, Howard (2009-01-05). "Fox Business's 'Bell' Sounds A New Start For Liz Claman". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2011-05-29. 
  13. ^ "2005 ING New York City Marathon Results". ING New York City Marathon. New York Road Runners. 2005-11-06. Retrieved 2011-12-04. 
  14. ^ "Online Race Results". Nautica New York City Triathlon. The End Result Company. 2009-07-26. Retrieved 2012-04-06.