David Pakman

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David Pakman
Pakman in 2019
Personal information
BornDavid Pakman
(1984-02-02) 2 February 1984 (age 38)
EducationUniversity of Massachusetts Amherst (BS)
Bentley University (MBA)
OccupationPolitical media personality and media entrepreneur
YouTube information
Years active2005–present
Political commentary
Subscribers1.45 million
Total views1.179 billion
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers 2014
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers 2020

David Pakman (born February 2, 1984) is an Argentine-born American progressive[1][2] talk show host and political commentator. He is the host of the YouTube/Twitch talk radio program The David Pakman Show. A naturalized citizen of the United States, Pakman was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Early life[edit]

David Pakman was born to an Ashkenazi Jewish family in Buenos Aires, Argentina in February 1984 and immigrated to the United States of America at the age of five.[3] He grew up in Northampton, Massachusetts, and graduated from Northampton High School. Pakman attended the University of Massachusetts Amherst in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he majored in economics and communications. He earned an MBA degree from Bentley University in Waltham, Massachusetts.[4][5]


Pakman hosts The David Pakman Show, a television, radio, and Internet political program. In 2005, Pakman began hosting a show on local radio as a "hobby", and by 2011 the show aired on 100 stations, and outlets[6] including DirecTV and DISH Network through Free Speech TV, the PACIFICA Radio Network, on YouTube, LBRY, and via podcasts.[citation needed] The program first aired in August 2005 on WXOJ-LP ("Valley Free Radio"), located in Northampton, Massachusetts, as Midweek Politics with David Pakman. Pakman has appeared on Fox News, CNN,[7] HLN's Nancy Grace program,[8] HLN's Dr Drew on Call,[9] and two episodes of The Joe Rogan Experience[10][11] and in Mother Jones,[12] the Boston Herald,[13] The New York Times,[14] and Wired.[15][16][17]

Personal life[edit]

Pakman announced that he would be taking paternity leave in June 2022. His first child, a daughter, was born on the 10th.[18]


  1. ^ Bonn, Tess (21 June 2019). "Progressive commentator questions whether YouTube policies are being applied 'evenly and fairly'". TheHill. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  2. ^ Hess, Amanda (17 April 2017). "How YouTube's Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media (Published 2017)". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 16 November 2020.
  3. ^ Judy Polan (8 April 2010). "Q & A with David Pakman: Radio host becomes host of midweek politics". Connecticut Jewish Ledger. Archived from the original on 13 July 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2011.
  4. ^ Pakman, David. "About". davidpakman.com. David Pakman. Retrieved 10 August 2020.
  5. ^ Burch, Sean (13 December 2019). "How Political Pundit David Pakman Built a Thriving YouTube Channel". The Wrap. Retrieved 29 July 2020.
  6. ^ O'Brien, George (25 April 2011). "David Pakman, 27". Business West. ProQuest 868033984.
  7. ^ "White supremacist suspect in Jewish Center shooting faces hate crime charges – Erin Burnett OutFront – - CNN.com Blogs". outfront.blogs.cnn.com. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  8. ^ "YouTube – David Pakman on Nancy Grace's HLN Show: KS Shooting Suspect Glenn Miller Interview". youtube.com. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  9. ^ "David Pakman on HLN Dr. Drew on Call: KS Shooting Suspect Glenn Miller – YouTube". youtube.com. Archived from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  10. ^ "David Pakman on JRE #1311". joerogan.com. Retrieved 5 June 2019.
  11. ^ "David Pakman on JRE #1479". joerogan.com. Retrieved 22 May 2020.
  12. ^ "LISTEN: Alleged Kansas Gunman Frazier Glenn Miller Discusses the Tea Party, Obama, and Ron Paul | Mother Jones". motherjones.com. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  13. ^ "KC rampage suspect told UMass grad: 'I hate all Jews' | Boston Herald". bostonherald.com. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  14. ^ Hess, Amanda (17 April 2017). "How YouTube's Shifting Algorithms Hurt Independent Media". The New York Times.
  15. ^ Alba, Davey. "Want a Better Web? Here's an Idea: Pay for It – WIRED". Wired.
  16. ^ "Group Launches #Openzilla Campaign to Combat Intolerance of 'Faith Driven Views' | VICE News". news.vice.com. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  17. ^ Burrows, Peter (5 April 2014). "OK, Cupid, Where's the Line? Mozilla CEO's Exit Over Gay Rights Shows Split in Valley – Bloomberg". bloomberg.com. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  18. ^ https://twitter.com/dpakman/status/1535371508067057665[bare URL]

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