David Shuster

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David Shuster
Shuster in 2008
David Martin Shuster

(1967-07-22) July 22, 1967 (age 52)
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
Spouse(s)Julianna Goldman (2007–2011; divorced)
Kera Rennert (2013–present)
AwardsDisabled American Veterans' Bugle Award (2006)
Emmy Award (1996)

David Martin Shuster (born July 22, 1967) is an American television journalist and talk radio host. He most recently served as principal anchor and managing editor for i24NEWS, previously serving as an anchor for MSNBC and worked for Fox News, CNN, Current TV, and Al Jazeera America.

Shuster's high-profile career at MSNBC included anchoring prime time breaking news coverage of the death of Michael Jackson, the passage in Congress of historic health care reform, and the deadly earthquake in Haiti. It also included some controversies, including suspension from MSNBC in April 2010 after secretly auditioning for a new CNN show. After MSNBC, Shuster was hired to serve as "primary substitute anchor" for Current TV's re-launch of Countdown with Keith Olbermann. In January 2012, Shuster began hosting his own syndicated political talk radio show. In July 2013, he was hired to host a show on Al Jazeera America.

Personal life[edit]

Shuster was born to a Jewish family[1] in Bloomington, Indiana, the son of Arnold Shuster of Bloomington and Susan Klein of Nashville, Indiana, and stepson of Robert Agranoff (married to his mother) and Rose Mahern-Shuster (married to his father). He has one living brother, Jonathan.

David Shuster graduated in 1985 from Bloomington High School South, and with honors from the University of Michigan. He is in the process of completing a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs at Georgetown University. He married journalist Julianna Goldman on May 27, 2007, at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C.[2][3] On January 10, 2011, the Washington Post reported that Goldman and Shuster had separated. They had no children.[4]

On July 23, 2012, Shuster announced his engagement to Kera Rennert, a television writer and producer.[5] Shuster and Rennert married on February 16, 2013, at the Angel Orensanz Foundation for Contemporary Art in New York City[6] and welcomed their first child in 2013.


Early career[edit]

Shuster started his journalism career at CNN's Washington, D.C. bureau. He was an assignment editor and field producer from 1990 to 1994, covering both the Persian Gulf War and the 1992 presidential election campaign. Shuster left CNN in 1994 to become a political reporter for the ABC affiliate KATV in Little Rock, Arkansas, covering the Whitewater scandal. During this period, Shuster led KATV's coverage of the indictment, trial, conviction, and resignation of Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker. At KATV, Shuster won a regional Emmy Award for investigative journalism for his reporting on a manufactured housing scandal.

Fox News[edit]

From 1996 to 2002, Shuster was a Washington, D.C.-based correspondent for the Fox News Channel. He was at the Pentagon at the time of the September 11, 2001 attacks and led Fox's coverage of U.S. military operations in Afghanistan. During the Clinton Administration, Shuster led Fox's coverage of the Clinton investigations including Whitewater, the Monica Lewinsky scandal, the Starr Report and the Senate impeachment trial. Shuster was a member of Fox's You Decide 2000 political team. He spent four months on John McCain's "Straight Talk Express" bus and was Fox's lead correspondent for McCain's presidential campaign.


Shuster left Fox News for MSNBC/NBC in 2002. In early 2003, he traveled to Qatar, where he provided coverage from the United States Central Command during Operation Iraqi Freedom for hourly live reports in prime time. Later, he was in California for two months for MSNBC's television program Hardball with Chris Matthews as lead correspondent on the 2003 California recall election, in which Governor Gray Davis was recalled and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected. In 2004 he led the show's coverage of the presidential campaign, including leading the "ad watch team," which analyzed 150 campaign ads. In all, he filed more than 700 correspondent reports for the show.

Occasionally, Shuster filled in for Chris Matthews on Hardball, including an interview of former President Jimmy Carter. During the trial relating to the Plame affair, Shuster blogged for Hardball on Hardblogger about the Lewis "Scooter" Libby trial and about other political matters. He also filled in for commentator Keith Olbermann on Countdown. In August 2005, Shuster reported from the eye of Hurricane Katrina as it made landfall in Biloxi, Mississippi; His reports aired on MSNBC and NBC Nightly News. He spent several weeks reporting on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina from New Orleans.

When Shuster was still with MSNBC, he was one of several national anchors, including CNN's Anderson Cooper, who joked about Tea Party participants posing with tea bags. While anchoring on "Countdown," Shuster stated,"For most Americans, Wednesday, April 15, will be Tax Day, but ... it's going to be Teabagging Day for the right wing, and they're going nuts for it. Thousands of them whipped out the festivities early this past weekend, and while the parties are officially toothless, the teabaggers are full-throated about their goals. They want to give President Obama a strong tongue-lashing and lick government spending".[citation needed]

During his MSNBC tenure, he anchored MSNBC Live and filled in for Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, Ed Schultz, and Rachel Maddow on their respective shows. Shuster was MSNBC's lead "breaking news anchor", and anchored prime-time coverage of several stories including the death of Michael Jackson, congressional votes for health care reform, and the earthquake in Haiti. After the promotion of David Gregory to Meet the Press in December 2008, Shuster was named host of MSNBC's 6p show, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.[7]

Chelsea Clinton and pimped out[edit]

On February 7, 2008, while he was guest-hosting on Tucker, Shuster discussed Chelsea Clinton's campaigning for her mother Hillary Clinton, her efforts to influence superdelegates, her refusal to answer any questions by the media, and the campaign's anger at any reporter who tried to question Chelsea Clinton. When his guest, Bill Press, pointed out that Bush's daughters campaigned for their father, Shuster noted the different access rules in each case and responded, "There's just something a little bit unseemly to me that Chelsea's out there calling up celebrities, saying 'support my mom' ... doesn't it seem like Chelsea's sort of being pimped out in some weird sort of way?"[citation needed]

The Clinton campaign demanded an apology and stated that Clinton might not participate in any further primary debates on MSNBC.[8] Just months following this dispute, Shuster was given his own 6pm show on MSNBC.

Departure from MSNBC[edit]

On April 6, 2010, MSNBC announced that it had suspended Shuster for an "indefinite period" after the network learned that he and Michel Martin of National Public Radio, had taped a pilot episode for a new show on CNN. At the time, Shuster was in a contract dispute with MSNBC CEO Phil Griffin, who had reportedly encouraged Shuster to "look elsewhere." [9][10]

Current TV[edit]

On June 6, 2011, Keith Olbermann and Current TV announced that Shuster was hired to serve as "primary substitute anchor" for the network's re-launch of Countdown with Keith Olbermann. Starting July 29, 2011, David Shuster became a regular guest-host of Countdown. The series ended on March 30, 2012, but Shuster remained as correspondent for the network.[citation needed]

Internet venture[edit]

Shuster announced in February 2011 that he was seeking to launch a website for investigative journalism.[11]

Talk radio[edit]

In January 2012, Shuster began to host his own political talk radio show, Take Action News with David Shuster, on WPWC, a local progressive talk radio station in Washington, D.C.[12] In March 2012, the program entered syndication with WCPT in Chicago joining as the first affiliate.[13] In December 2012, the program started internet video production via YouTube, produced by The David Pakman Show.[citation needed]

Al Jazeera America[edit]

On July 21, 2013, The Huffington Post reported that Shuster had accepted a hosting position at Al Jazeera America[14] anchoring live news shows and hosting a politics analysis show, called Power Politics. In April 2016, Al Jazeera ceased broadcasting on cable TV across the United States. Shuster has since appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe.[citation needed]

i24 News[edit]

On February 9, 2017, it was announced that Shuster had been named anchor and managing editor of the American arm of i24 News.[15]


  1. ^ Bloom, Nate (April 18, 2008). "Cable news Jews". J Weekly. Retrieved April 6, 2010.
  2. ^ "Julianna Goldman, David Shuster". The New York Times. May 27, 2007. Retrieved December 22, 2008.
  3. ^ "Julianna Lee Goldman and David Martin Shuster". Bloomington Brides. HoosierTimes Inc. May 27, 2007. Retrieved January 27, 2009.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Love, etc". The Washington Post. January 10, 2011. Retrieved January 10, 2011. Separated: Broadcaster David Shuster, 43, and journalist Julianna Goldman, 29, after 3​12 years of marriage.
  5. ^ Rothstein, Betsy (July 24, 2012). "David Shuster to Get Hitched!". FishBowl DC. Media Bistro. Retrieved July 25, 2012.
  6. ^ Scarry, Eddie (February 18, 2013). "Weekend Wedding Bells For David Shuster". Fishbowl DC. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
  7. ^ "Tennessee Rep. Marsha Blackburn Flustered by MSNBC Host". Memphis Flyer. September 24, 2007. Retrieved February 10, 2008.
  8. ^ Clinton campaign demands apology from MSNBC over David Shuster's comments regarding Chelsea, washingtonpost.com; accessed February 14, 2017,
  9. ^ Gillette, Felix (April 2, 2010). "Inside the CNN Stockroom: Network Recently Shot Pilot Starring MSNBC's Shuster and NPR's Martin". The New York Observer. Retrieved April 6, 2010.
  10. ^ Stelter, Brian (April 6, 2010). "MSNBC Suspends David Shuster 'Indefinitely'". The New York Times. Retrieved April 6, 2010.
  11. ^ Sargent, Greg (February 1, 2011). "David Shuster launching new investigative Web site". The Plum Line. The Washington Post. Retrieved November 4, 2011. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  12. ^ Ogburn, Peter (March 14, 2012). "David Shuster Takes His Show on the Road". Fishbowl DC. Media Bistro.
  13. ^ Christopher, Tommy (April 3, 2012). "David Shuster and the Little Progressive Radio Station That Could". Mediaite.
  14. ^ Calderone, Michael (July 21, 2013). "David Shuster Joining Al Jazeera America". The Huffington Post.
  15. ^ "David Shuster Named Anchor, Managing Editor of i24NEWS". www.adweek.com.

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