John began his career as a consumer reporter. He spent 29 years exposing corrupt businesses and won 19 Emmy awards doing so. But he changed his focus after discovering that government regulation hurts consumers more than business, and that competition protects consumers better than government ever could.
At that point, Stossel's reporting shifted to exposing corruption and waste in government and highlighting the benefits of individual choice. After this shift, John wrote three national bestsellers—Give Me a Break; Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Why Everything You Know Is Wrong; and his most recent, No They Can't: Why Government Fails—But Individuals Succeed.
Praise for John's work started coming from the scientific/economic community rather than from the Liberal Media:
Stossel is that rare creature, a TV commentator who understands economics, in all its subtlety.
Riveting... One of America’s ablest and most courageous journalists.
He seeks the truths that destroy truisms, wields reason against all that's unreasonable, and ... puncture(s) sanctimonious idealism.... He makes the maddening mad. And Stossel’s tales of the outrageous are outrageously amusing.
Before joining Fox in October 2009, John was co-anchor of ABC News's 20/20. He has been praised for his reporting on the issues of education, healthcare, consumer protection, government regulation, taxes, legal reform, and more.
The Center for Independent Thought has converted John's reports into classroom teaching tools to bring lesson plans to life. Through the Stossel in the Classroom program, CIT offers the DVDs free to teachers to help students think critically about economics and other important issues.