Kennedy (commentator)

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Kennedy speaking in 2014.
Born Lisa Kennedy Montgomery
(1972-09-08) September 8, 1972 (age 46)
Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.
Nationality American
Alma mater University of California, Los Angeles
Occupation Political commentator
Game show host
Television personality
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Dave Lee (2 children)

Lisa Kennedy Montgomery (born September 8, 1972)[1] (referred to mononymously as Kennedy) is an American political commentator, radio personality, former MTV VJ, the host of Kennedy on the Fox Business Network. Kennedy occasionally hosts Outnumbered on the Fox News Channel.[2] She was the host of MTV's now-defunct daily late-night alternative-rock program Alternative Nation throughout much of the 1990s.

Early life[edit]

Lisa Kennedy Montgomery was born in Indianapolis, Indiana and raised in Lake Oswego, Oregon,[3] an affluent suburb outside of Portland. She has a bachelor's degree in philosophy from UCLA.[4]


She became a VJ at MTV, where she spent several years.

As "Kennedy", Montgomery started at MTV hosting the late-night progressive-rock show 120 Minutes. As the 1990s grunge-music movement grew, she hosted Alternative Nation from 1992–1997.[5]

Montgomery appeared as a panelist on the 1998 revival of Hollywood Squares.

In 1999, Montgomery completed her book Hey Ladies! Tales and Tips for Curious Girls, in which she incorporated a multitude of personal experiences. That same year, she moved to Seattle to host The Buzz on KQBZ radio; the show was a mix of news, local issues, and comedy. Montgomery left Seattle in 2001 to cohost a morning radio show with Ahmet Zappa on the Comedy World Radio Network, The Future With Ahmet & Kennedy, a similar mix of current events and comedy. She later cohosted a morning show with Malibu Dan, The Big House.

Starting June 3, 2002, Montgomery hosted Game Show Network's Friend or Foe?, which ran for two seasons. On April 1, 2003, she guest-hosted the GSN show WinTuition. She also hosted GSN's Who Wants to Be Governor of California?, a televised debate among fringe candidates in the 2003 California gubernatorial recall election, such as actors Gary Coleman and Mary Carey.

As of September 23, 2005, Montgomery appeared as an occasional panelist on VH1's Best Week Ever and MSNBC's Scarborough Country. In October 2005, she became host of Fox Reality's Reality Remix until that series ended in June 2008.

In December 2007, she guest-hosted the evening show several times on Los Angeles talk-radio station KFI,[6] before being hired by the station for a regular show on Sunday afternoons.[citation needed] In April 2008 she joined Bryan Suits as cohost of the Kennedy & Suits Show at that station, through September 30, 2009. She hosted Music in the Mornings on KYSR in Los Angeles from 2009 until March 2014.[7]

On January 18, 2011, she started appearing as Anthony Sullivan's assistant on PitchMen, looking for new inventions to promote in infomercials.

Kennedy joined Fox Business Network as a contributor in 2012. She co-hosted The Independents, a current-events and political discussion show, from its debut on December 9, 2013.[2] The show was cancelled in January 2015 but she continued as host of her own program, Kennedy.[8][9]

She is also a contributor to and, and occasionally serves as guest host for Bill Carroll, John and Ken, and Tim Conway Jr. on KFI. She was a correspondent on the Fox Business talk show Stossel, and made occasional appearances as a panelist and guest host on Fox News' Red Eye. She has also made appearances on other Fox chat shows, such as Outnumbered and The Five.


Montgomery is a libertarian and a registered Republican. She has a pink Republican elephant tattooed on her upper left thigh.[10]

She is a supporter of same-sex marriage[11][12] along with privatized Social Security.[13] She opposes the "war on drugs" and bureaucratic regulation.[14] She is critical of neoconservatism.[15]

When Montgomery joined MTV in 1992, she said, "I didn't dare out myself as a conservative" in her early months there. At MTV's 1993 Rock 'n' Roll Inaugural Ball for Bill Clinton, she chanted, "Nixon now! Nixon now!", whenever the Clintons went on stage.[16] Along with being a fan of Richard Nixon, she supported Dan Quayle and Bob Dole.[17] She was also a speaker at the 1996 Republican National Convention.[10]

She later abandoned conservatism, saying, "Social conservatism was really bringing me down, and I realized, as time went on, that I wasn't a Bush conservative. I was really a libertarian."[14][18] She was first introduced to libertarianism when Kurt Loder suggested she read Ayn Rand's Introduction to Objectivist Epistemology.[19] She actively supported Gary Johnson in both the 2012 and 2016 elections.[20]

In March 2012, Reason published an article by Kennedy claiming atheism is as much a religion as are theistic religions.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Kennedy is married to former professional snowboarder Dave Lee, and they have two daughters.[22]

In September 2012, during an appearance on Red Eye, Montgomery said she had been diagnosed with celiac disease,[23] leading her to change to a more meat-based diet.

She is of Romanian descent through her mother.[24]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ Fernandez, Maria Elena (July 24, 2013). "'I had such a warped self-image': MTV VJ Kennedy dishes on naughty '90s". NBC News. Archived from the original on January 16, 2017. Retrieved December 20, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Welch, Matt (December 3, 2013). "Kennedy, Matt Welch, Kmele Foster to Launch New Nightly Fox Business Show Called The Independents". Reason. 
  3. ^ Clark, Taylor (November 10, 2004). "The Veejay". Willamette Week. Retrieved 2008-02-16. 
  4. ^ "Anchors & Reporters". Fox Business Network. Retrieved February 27, 2015. 
  5. ^ "MTV turns 30: MTV VJs: Where are they now?". Daily News. New York City. 2011-08-01. 
  6. ^ "Guest Host on Demand G". KFI. Retrieved February 27, 2015. 
  7. ^ Kennedy (March 24, 2014). "A Farewell from Kennedy". KYSR-FM. 
  8. ^ Steinberg, Brian (January 15, 2015). "Fox Business to Replace 'The Independents' With 'Kennedy'". Variety. 
  9. ^ Chariton, Jordan (January 15, 2015). "Fox Business Canceling 'The Independents' Hosted by 'Kennedy'". The Wrap. 
  10. ^ a b "Kennedy - Libertarian". Archived from the original on February 11, 2005. 
  11. ^ Grove, Lloyd (December 9, 2013). "Lisa Kennedy Montgomery on Her Path From MTV to Fox Business". The Daily Beast. 
  12. ^ "Why You're Wrong About the Right: Behind the Myths: The Surprising Truth ..." Google. 
  13. ^ "Why You're Wrong About the Right: Behind the Myths: The Surprising Truth ..." Google. 
  14. ^ a b Busis, Hillary (Dec 9, 2013). "Ex-MTV VJ Kennedy on her new libertarian news show -- and 'hooker-in-training' Miley Cyrus". Entertainment Weekly. 
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  16. ^ Schwab, Nikki (August 8, 2013). "MTV VJ Kennedy recalls being an alt-rock Republican". 
  17. ^ McNamara, Mary (October 29, 2006). "Back as host, but it's a whole new reality". The New York Times. 
  18. ^ Cavanaugh, Tim (Oct 25, 2011). " Former MTV VJ and Radio Host Kennedy on Medical Marijuana, The Politics of Alt Rock, and How She Went From Conservative to Libertarian". Reason. 
  19. ^ "MTV Libertarians: Kennedy, Kurt Loder Talk Politics & the Golden Age of MTV". Aug 25, 2013 – via YouTube. 
  20. ^ Chamberlin, Brett (September 19, 2012). "Yesterday's NYU Libertarian Event Was Sort Of Insane". 
  21. ^ Kennedy (March 10, 2012). "Atheism Is a Religion". Reason. 
  22. ^ "Every Third Thursday-Secret-Stash-Snowboard-by-Signal Snowboards". YouTube. April 18, 2012. Retrieved February 27, 2015. 
  23. ^ "I'm A Triathlete: Former MTV VJ Kennedy". Retrieved 2013-08-04. 
  24. ^ Mangu-Ward, Katherine. "Interview: Kennedy". Reason. Retrieved September 3, 2017. 

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