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Lou Dobbs's Biography

Dobbs has won nearly every major award for television journalism. In 2005, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Dobbs the Emmy for Lifetime Achievement.

Lou Dobbs's Auto-Biography

Louis Carl Dobbs (born September 24, 1945), is a CNN anchor and managing editor for Lou Dobbs Tonight. He is an editorial columnist and syndicated radio show host, and has also been mentioned as a possible candidate for the governorship of New Jersey in 2009.

Dobbs was born in Childress, Texas, the son of Frank Dobbs, a co-owner of a propane business, and Lydia Mae Hensley, a bookkeeper. When Dobbs was 12, his father's propane business failed and the family moved to Rupert, Idaho. He attended Minico High School in Minidoka County, serving as student body president in 1963. He earned a bachelors degree in economics from Harvard University, graduating in 1967.

After graduating, Dobbs worked for federal anti-poverty programs in Boston and Washington, D.C. and as a cash-management specialist for Union Bank in Los Angeles. He married his high school sweetheart in 1969 and in 1970 their first son was born. Dobbs moved to Yuma, Arizona and got a job as a police and fire reporter for KBLU-AM. By the mid-1970s he was a television anchor and reporter in Phoenix, and he later joined Seattle's KING-TV. In 1979, he was contacted by a recruiter for Ted Turner, who was in the process of forming CNN. He is married to his second wife, Debi Lee Segura, who is Mexican-American and a one-time CNN sports anchor. Together, the couple has four children.

Dobbs joined CNN when it launched in 1980, serving as its chief economics correspondent and as host of the business news program Moneyline on CNN. Dobbs also served as a corporate executive for CNN, as its executive vice president and as a member of CNN's executive committee. He founded CNN fn (CNN financial news), serving as its president and anchoring the program Business Unusual, which examined business creativity and leadership.

Dobbs repeatedly clashed with Rick Kaplan, who became president of CNN in 1997. Dobbs said Kaplan, noted friend of then president Bill Clinton, was "clearly partisan" and "was pushing Clinton stories," while Kaplan said Dobbs was "a very difficult person to work with."

In May 1999, CNN was covering a speech by President Clinton in Littleton, Colorado, following the Columbine High School massacre. Dobbs ordered the producer to cut away from the speech and return to broadcast Moneyline, feeling it was a staged event and not newsworthy. Dobbs was countermanded by Kaplan, who ordered CNN to return to the speech. Kaplan later said, "Tell me what journalistic reason there was not to cover the President at Columbine soon after the shootings? Everyone else was doing it." Dobbs announced on the air that "CNN President Rick Kaplan wants us to return to Littleton." A few days later, Dobbs announced that he was leaving the network to start, a website devoted to astronomical news. Dobbs was subsequently replaced as host of Moneyline by Willow Bay and Stuart Varney.

Kaplan left CNN in August 2000, and Dobbs returned the following year, at the behest of his friend and CNN founder Ted Turner, becoming host and managing editor of the new and initially more general news program Lou Dobbs Reporting, which later became CNN News Sunday Morning. He also regained the helm of the newly renamed Lou Dobbs Moneyline (which became Lou Dobbs Tonight in June 2003).

Dobbs also hosts a nationally syndicated radio show, The Lou Dobbs Financial Report, and he is a regular columnist in Money magazine, U.S. News & World Report and the New York Daily News.

As of 2008, Dobbs currently hosts Lou Dobbs Radio on United Stations Radio Networks. The three hour daily show has been working on lining up affiliates in major markets, including Los Angeles (KGIL) and San Francisco Bay (KNEW), as well as stations such as WGNY-AM in Newburgh, New York. The show is guest-centered and features political discussion and listener calls. It airs from noon to 3 p.m. Pacific Time (3 to 6 p.m. Eastern), directly competing with The Sean Hannity Show and Dr. Laura. Dobbs also hosts the financially themed Lou Dobbs Minute on the same network.

In June 2008, Dobbs reached an agreement with Business TalkRadio Network to carry a rebroadcast of the show from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern, displacing Bruce Williams. Dobbs's show is also carried live on CRN Digital Talk Radio Networks, on CRN4.

Dobbs was among the hosts who tried out for the position vacated by the cancellation of Imus in the Morning on WFAN, a position that was eventually filled by Boomer and Carton in the Morning.

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(7) Remarks on Lou Dobbs: Host of CNN's Lou Dobb's Tonight

  1. Dear sir,
    I am very impressed by your credentials which I have just read for the first time. I always make sure to watch you though some of my friends comment on your controversial topics which I believe you carry in the best interest of jornalism ie true repoting. I admire your free speech.
    I am from India and would like to know more about you----In the good sense.
    God bless and keep up the good work

    Thank you
    Victor shandil
    hayward california

  2. Victor,
    Thanks for your encouragement. I don't hear those kind words from Ted Turner very often.
    You want to know more about me? I enjoy a nice bottle of hard scotch,reading poetry next to a warm fireplace and long walks with my dog, Baxter.

  3. I feel like you are the lifeline to sanity in these times of media nationalization. I'm scared for you...and for us. Every day I wait for
    CNN to cut you off, but as long as you're there, I am too.

  4. Lou I try to watch you every day.I enjoy your show and keep up the good reporting on the illegal immigrants and the rest of the U.S.A. Lila

  5. Mr. Dobbs hope you can help or someone in regards to modification from Wells Fargo. We started 1/19/09 was advised we qualified and we have been turned down reinstated for mod 3 time talked to 32 different people whose names and ID numbers we have and 32 different stories but the same answer we are under review. We contacted the CEO office John Stumpt and was not able to talk to him but turned over to Steven Sidman (800)853-8516 Office. I explained to him the trouble we are having he looked over our case and said he does not see any problem . I contacted him 4/9/09 and he told me we are still under review, and Wells Fargo states we are still in forecloser WHAT ARE WE TO DO.

  6. Mr. Dobbs: Today we had a big sip of "American" soup, didn't we?
    Extremists live not only in the other side of the world, terrorism is "in the house" sad as it is, this crazy white supremacist took advantage of his rights as many do..I feel terrible when you talk about illegal immigrants with such disrespect, sometimes it feels like hate...hope sincerely this is an eye opening oportunity to show more tolerance...

  7. Has anybody heard Lou Dobbs claiming that Barack Obama is not U.S. citizen, and he should provide evidence or proof? I tell you what, I used to like this guy, but since he made that stupid suggestion, I think of him as a brainless guy who totally tarnished his public image. You are freaking CRAZY, Dobbs!!!

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