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 49)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
ResidenceBoston, Massachusetts, U.S.
NationalityU.S. (naturalized)
OccupationRadio talk show host
Commentator
Journalist
EmployerWRKO
Height6 ft. 3 in.
Spouse(s)Grace Vuoto

Jeffrey Thomas "Jeff" Kuhner (born September 1, 1969) is an American talk radio host and political commentator, heard on weekdays from 6 am to 10 am on WRKO AM 680 in Boston, Massachusetts.[1]

He was the editor of Insight on the News and a regular contributor to the commentary pages of The Washington Times, and his articles have appeared in Human Events,[2] National Review Online and Investor's Business Daily.

Life and career[edit]

Kuhner was born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to Croatian immigrant parents.[3] He received his undergraduate degree from Concordia University in Montreal and his Masters Degree from Queens University in Ontario Canada. Kuhner did Ph.D. coursework at Ohio University but did not complete a dissertation.[3][4] Kuhner taught Modern US History at McGill University in Montreal from 1998 to 2000. In 2000, citing "the political correctness...prevalent in academia" on his website, he became an assistant national editor at the Washington Times.[3][5] He left in 2003 and 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.[3] He was president of the Edmund Burke Institute for American Renewal, a now-dormant Washington D.C. think tank devoted to integrating minorities into the conservative movement. Until January 2012, the Burke Institute produced an online monthly magazine, Reflections, to which he regularly contributed.

In 2007, Insight on the News claimed that the presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton planned to accuse rival Barack Obama of attending a madrasa.[6] Insight's story praised Obama's character in contrast to Hillary Clinton. Kuhner described Obama as "genteel, articulate, poised and charming. He is a Harvard-educated lawyer, yet he remains accessible to the common man."[7] Five years later, however, Kuhner 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."[8]

In October 2008, Kuhner wrote: "Moscow's main aim is to wrest the Crimean Peninsula from Kiev’s control. A majority of the Crimea’s inhabitants are ethnic Russians. ... But Ukraine is not Georgia; it is a large, militarily powerful country with long memories of Russian domination. Any attempt at partition by Moscow would be met by fierce resistance. It would spark a bloody Russo-Ukrainian war. This would inevitably drag in Poland and the Baltic States – all of which are members of NATO. Mr. Putin’s bellicose nationalism threatens to ignite a European conflagration."[9]

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."[10]

Kuhner began his weekly column at the Washington Times in June 2008.[11] In 2010, a Kuhner op-ed described Julian Assange as a terrorist threat and called for his assassination.[12][13][14] In September 2013, Kuhner criticized Barack Obama's support for Syrian rebels fighting government troops: "Mr. Obama’s decision ... to arm the rebels has created a dangerous security threat to America — and the Middle East. The reason is simple: U.S. weapons will inevitably fall into the hands of jihadist groups."[15]

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. Kuhner began a regular feature on Boston's WRKO called The Kuhner Report, in which he called into the WRKO Morning Show with reports on D. C. politics. In 2012, he began hosting his own show on WRKO, still called The Kuhner Report. Initially, he had two disconnected morning hours;[16] in October 2012, the show moved to the 6 to 10 am time slot,[17] in July 2015, the show moved to the midday slot (noon to 3 pm) as WRKO stopped carrying Rush Limbaugh,[18] and on November 26, 2018, the show moved back to morning drive time.

In September 2017, Kuhner confronted Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren in the hallway of WRKO and said it was hypocritical to criticize the wealthiest "One Percent" of Americans in view of her own net worth.[19] Sen. Warren rebutted the charge.[20]

Kuhner writes an occasional column on partisan politics called "Kuhner's Corner", carried on the WRKO website[21] and on local niche media such as the Boston Broadsheet.

In addition to his own shows, Kuhner has guest-hosted The Howie Carr Show on WRKO, and syndicated programs The Mark Levin Show and The Savage Nation.

Personal life[edit]

Kuhner is married to Grace Vuoto, who wrote editorials for the Washington Times.[22] She has hosted conservative talk shows in her own right on WBIX[23] and WMEX (AM), and has also been the (content) producer. She often calls The Kuhner Report, identified as "Doctor Grace," though Kuhner typically drops hints after the call that the caller is his wife. The couple have two children, Ashton and Eva, who figure as examples in many of Kuhner's presentations.

Kuhner was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in the summer of 2016.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kuhner Report Retrieved July 11, 2015
  2. ^ Jeffrey T. Kuhner: Conservative Articles – HUMAN EVENTS
  3. ^ a b c d "Jeffrey Thomas Kuhner". JeffKuhner.com. Retrieved March 11, 2012.
  4. ^ "Jeffrey Kuhner". McGill University. Archived from the original on 16 April 2000.
  5. ^ Chester, Bronwyn (April 6, 2000). "Fruitful exchange on teaching". McGill Reporter. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ Insight on the News, editorial: "Washington Watch: Obama's fund-raising record reveals weakness of Hillary's campaign", 2007-7-1
  8. ^ Kuhner, By Jeffrey T. (December 27, 2012). "America's pathway to decline". The Washington Times.
  9. ^ Kuhner, Jeffrey T. (October 12, 2008). "Will Russia-Ukraine be Europe's next war?". The Washington Times.
  10. ^ Kuhner, Jeffrey T. (May 31, 2012). "Obama's Holocaust revisionism". The Washington Times.
  11. ^ His first column, "At cross-purposes?", appeared in the June 8, 2008 edition of The Washington Times.
  12. ^ Kuhner, Jeffrey T. (Dec 2, 2010). "Assassinate Assange?". Washington Times. Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  13. ^ "Wash. Times no longer sure Assange should be assassinated". 2010-12-07. Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  14. ^ Ward, Stephen J. A. (2010-12-07). ""Let's kill Julian Assange!" WikiLeaks and the power of patriotism". Center for Journalism Ethics. Retrieved 2016-08-10.
  15. ^ Kuhner, Jeffrey T. (September 20, 2013). "How Obama arms al Qaeda". The Washington Times.
  16. ^ "Jeff Kuhner takes over WRKO-AM 680 morning drive". WRKO. October 31, 2012. Retrieved January 11, 2013.
  17. ^ Kantor, Ira (October 31, 2012). "WRKO taps Kuhner for morning drive, nixes Feinburg & McPhee". Boston Herald. Retrieved January 11, 2013.
  18. ^ Lance Venta: WRKO Sets New Lineup Following Rush Departure Retrieved July 11, 2015
  19. ^ Fox News: Democrat Warren confronted over her 'One Percent' status Retrieved September 22, 2017
  20. ^ Here we go again: Dark money pours in against Elizabeth Warren; The Boston Globe; Editorial Staff; October 2, 2017
  21. ^ https://wrko.iheart.com/featured/kuhners-corner/
  22. ^ "Staff - Grace Vuoto". Washington Times. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
  23. ^ "Crazy Kuhner's wife gets her own daily talk show". radiodiscussions.com. Retrieved December 1, 2018.