Todd Starnes

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Todd Starnes
Born (1967-10-28) October 28, 1967 (age 49)
United States
Occupation Columnist, television and radio personality

Todd Starnes (born October 28, 1967) is an American conservative columnist and commentator for television and radio.[1][2][3] He has appeared regularly on such television series as Fox and Friends and Hannity.[4] In June 2017, Starnes began hosting a weekday three-hour syndicated talk radio show on Fox News Radio, also heard on Sirius XM's Fox News Talk Channel 450.[5]


Starnes was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He joined Fox News Channel in 2005 as a radio news anchor. In 2007 he was assigned to cover Barack Obama's presidential campaign and traveled as an embed reporter in the final weeks of the 2008 election. During that time he also filled in on occasion as the radio network's White House correspondent. He reported from the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions. In 2011 Starnes was named the host of "Fox News & Commentary" - a Paul Harvey-style short form radio commentary.

Starnes became a featured Fox News columnist in 2011. His weekly column is read online and through syndication.

He is the author of four books.

Starnes released his first book in early 2009, They Popped My Hood and Found Gravy on the Dipstick, which recounts his experiences before, during and after open heart surgery to replace a failed aortic valve.[6]

"Dispatches From Bitter America" was published in 2011 through Broadman & Holman.

"God Less America" was published in 2014 through Charisma Publishing.

"The Deplorables' Guide to Making America Great Again" is set to be released in 2017 by Charisma Publishing.

He is the recipient of a regional "Edward R. Murrow Award" - presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). He is also the recipient of an Associated Press Mark Twain Award for Storytelling. Todd has also been honored by the Georgia Press Association for editorial writing.

National Religious Broadcasters presented Starnes with the 2014 Board of Directors Award. In 2015 Bott Radio Network awarded him the "Watchmen on the Wall Award."

Starnes is also the recipient of four TELLY awards for broadcasting. In 2015 he was presented Liberty Institute's "Defender of the Faith Award" and Vision America's "National Hero of the Faith" award. In 2016 Pacific Justice Institute presented Starnes with their "Light in Media Award."

Starnes ran and completed the New York City Marathon in 2007 with a time of 6:47.38.


Starnes' strongly conservative views, which he likes "to spice it up a little bit" to generate reader interest, have also generated controversy.[7]

Miss America[edit]

In 2013, he became the focus of controversy when CNN, among other news outlets,[8] leveled accusations of racism against Starnes. A series of Twitter comments he posted online, following Nina Davuluri becoming the first Indian American winner of the, as Starnes called it, the "Miss Politically Correct America", Miss America Pageant were the basis for the reaction.[9] Starnes denied the accusations, noting that his posts were timestamped prior to the announcement of Davuluri's win, and referenced the qualifications of Miss Kansas, not Davuluri who was Miss New York.[9]

American Sniper[edit]

In 2015, he courted controversy for his response to the film American Sniper, stating of the main character: "Jesus would tell that God-fearing, red-blooded American sniper, ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant.’ "[10][11]

Charleston church shooting[edit]

In the aftermath of the 2015 Charleston church shooting, he remarked that removing symbols of the old Confederacy from public places was "cultural cleansing." [12]


  1. ^ Chasmar, Jessica (2013-08-20). "Kansas public school promotes 5 Pillars of Islam". The Washington Times. 
  2. ^ "Todd Starnes". 
  3. ^ "Todd Starnes". Fox News. 
  4. ^ Hibbard, Laura (May 16, 2012). "Todd Starnes, Fox News Radio Host, Blames Public Schools For Rise Of Same-Sex Marriage Support". The Huffington Post. 
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  6. ^ (5 February 2009).Fox News Radio’s Todd Starnes Releases Book, Fox News Radio
  7. ^ Weber, Joyanna (23 February 2012). [1] Todd Starnes gives views on journalism and politics, Cleveland Daily Banner
  8. ^ Stuart, Tessa (September 16, 2013). "Fox Host Todd Starnes Outraged That Indian-American Nina Davuluri Won Miss America". The Village Voice. 
  9. ^ a b Starnes, Todd (September 16, 2013). "You won’t believe what CNN considers racist". Fox News. 
  10. ^ "War on film: Bleeding red and blue". The Economist. 31 Jan 2015. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  11. ^ Krissah Thompson (30 January 2015). "Michelle Obama joins Bradley Cooper to praise ‘American Sniper’". The Washington Post. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  12. ^ Fang, Marina (24 June 2015). "Some Republicans Compare Taking Down Confederate Symbols To ISIS Destroying Cultural Monuments". Huffington Post. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 

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