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About John Stossel

John Stossel hosts a weekly show, Stossel, on the Fox Business Channel and anchors several specials a year for Fox News. Before joining Fox in October 2009, he was co-anchor of ABC News's 20/20. He has been praised for his reporting on issues such as education, healthcare, consumer protection, government regulation, taxes, legal reform, and more.

John's weekly one-hour program, Stossel, airs Fridays at 9pm on the Fox Business Network and is rebroadcast Fridays at 12 midnight (all times Eastern). It may also be rebroadcast at other times during the following week on the Fox Business Network and the Fox News Channel. Check your TV listings for details.

John is the author of two national bestsellers—Give Me a Break and Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Why Everything You Know Is Wrong. His newest book is No They Can't: Why Government Fails—But Individuals Succeed. John's TV specials have consistently rated among the top news programs and have earned him uncommon praise: "The most consistently thought-provoking TV reporter of our time," said the Dallas Morning News, while the Orlando Sentinel said he "has the gift for entertaining while saying something profound."

John began his career as a consumer reporter, criticizing business. He changed his focus after concluding that government regulation hurts consumers more than business.

His most recent TV specials include "What's Good About America," which covers American attitudes about things like entrepreneurship and free speech, and "Battle for the Future," in which free-marketers debate progressives about what road America should take. Previous specials include "John Stossel Goes to Washington," which observed how, under Democrats and Republicans, government keeps growing; "Tampering with Nature," which suggests that most tampering is a good thing; and "Are We Scaring Ourselves to Death?," which examined exaggerated fears of things like chemicals and crime.

The Center for Independent Thought has converted John Stossel's reports into classroom teaching tools to bring lesson plans to life, and offering the DVDs free to teachers to help students think critically about economics. His most popular special in high school classrooms has been "Is America Number 1?," for which John traveled the world to compare American life with life elsewhere and asked: "what makes a nation prosperous?"

John has received 19 Emmy Awards. He has been honored five times for excellence in consumer reporting by the National Press Club. Among his other awards are the George Polk Award for Outstanding Local Reporting and the George Foster Peabody Award.

John is a 1969 graduate of Princeton University, with a B.A. in psychology.