Leslie Marshall (journalist)
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Leslie Marshall is a United States journalist. She has been a liberal radio talk host since 1988 and a commentator on national television since 2001. Leslie became the youngest person ever to be nationally syndicated on radio when she replaced Tom Snyder on the ABC Satellite Radio Network in 1992. She was also the first woman to host an issues oriented program nationwide.
Leslie Marshall has been a radio talk hostess for 23 years. Marshall is currently nationally syndicated by TalkUSA Radio.
Marshall started her broadcasting career as a radio news reporter in Boston, and then worked in radio and television in Miami, Florida. While in Miami, Marshall did news, traffic, weather and disc jockey work. One night, when hosting an overnight nostalgic music program, she did a special "Remembrance" hour in which veterans called in with their experiences. It was that night Leslie was discovered by a Program Director at the talk station across town. He phoned her and told her she might have missed her calling.
After years of anchoring, reporting and hosting music programs, Marshall moved to talk radio. She started her talk radio career at WNWS in Miami where she remained for three years.
Marshall next worked mid-days at WGR in Buffalo, followed by mid-days at KPRC in Houston. In 1992, Marshall replaced Tom Snyder on the ABC Satellite Radio Network. Her program ran for three years on over 200 stations nationwide.
After three years the network disbanded and Leslie went to work for WLS-FM in Chicago hosting an afternoon drive talk show. She then joined KGO radio in San Francisco, and hosted a midday show on KHTK/Hot Talk in Sacramento. On television, she hosted "Bay Talk" on KRON T.V., the local NBC affiliate in the city by the bay.
Two years later, Marshall returned to Chicago at WLS; in addition, she co-hosted "Beyond the Beltway" on WGR-TV and remained in Chicago for over two years. She then joined her husband in Los Angeles. She hosted talk shows on KFI, KLSX and KABC radio on weekends, and was finally signed to KLAC, KFI's sister station at its inception. KLAC remained a talk station for two years and Leslie was there the entire time hosting early evening weeknights. When KLAC flipped formats, Marshall decided to stay in Los Angeles with her husband.
After KLAC flipped to music, Marshall hosted her own show for a year on WWKB in Buffalo, New York, a 50,000-watt powerhouse heard throughout the northeastern United States and Canada. After a year at WWKB, Marshall was nationally syndicated. Her show airs every weeknight on WWKB.
Other media appearances
Marshall is a regular political pundit on Fox News and CNBC's Kudlow & Company. She is also a regular contributor on CNN's Showbiz Tonight. She has appeared on Fox news programs The O'Reilly Factor and Your World with Neil Cavuto, as well as former programs Hannity & Colmes and The John Gibson show. She was formerly a Varsity Panel Member on the Dennis Miller Show on CNBC until it was cancelled. Leslie has also been seen on Scarborough Country on MSNBC and has substituted for Alan Colmes on the Fox Radio Network/nationally, as well as Jim Bohannon on the Westwood One Radio Network.
In addition to her radio and television career, Marshall has made guest acting appearances on Desperate Housewives, NYPD Blue, 7th Heaven, Passions, General Hospital, Port Charles, What Should You Do? on Lifetime and various other films.
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She is the daughter of a Jewish father and a Christian mother. Originally from Boston, Marshall earned her undergraduate degree from Northeastern University and her Masters in Broadcast Journalism from Emerson College. She lives in the Los Angeles area with her Muslim husband and their son and daughter.