Laura Ingraham signs her new book, Power to the People at the Lawrence, NY, Costco
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Glastonbury, Connecticut, U.S.
Laura Anne Ingraham (born June 19, 1964) is an American radio host, author, and conservative political commentator. Her nationally syndicated talk show, The Laura Ingraham Show, airs throughout the United States on Talk Radio Network. The Laura Ingraham Show is ranked eighth among most-listened-to radio programs, with an average 5.5 million weekly listeners.
Ingraham earned a bachelor's degree at Dartmouth College, in 1985, and a law degree at the University of Virginia School of Law, in 1991. As a Dartmouth undergraduate, she was a staff member of the independent conservative newspaper, The Dartmouth Review. In her senior year, she was the newspaper's editor-in-chief, its first female editor. She wrote a few controversial articles during her tenure, such as a piece characterizing a campus gay rights group as "cheerleaders for latent campus Sodomites".
In the late 1980s, Ingraham worked as a speechwriter in the Ronald Reagan administration for the Domestic Policy advisor. She also briefly served as editor of The Prospect, the magazine issued by Concerned Alumni of Princeton. After receiving her Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law, in 1991, she served as a law clerk for Judge Ralph K. Winter, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in New York and subsequently clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. She then worked as a private defense attorney at the New York-based law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom.
Ingraham has had two stints as a cable television host. In the late 1990s, she became a CBS commentator and hosted the MSNBC program Watch It! Several years later, Ingraham began openly campaigning for another cable television show on her radio program. She finally got her wish in 2008, when Fox News Channel gave her a three-week trial run for a new show entitled Just In.
She appeared on a 1995 cover of The New York Times Magazine for an article about rising young conservatives.
Radio show host
Ingraham launched The Laura Ingraham Show in April 2001, which is heard on 306 stations and on XM Satellite Radio. The show was originally syndicated by Infinity's (now CBS') Westwood One, but is now syndicated by Talk Radio Network. Ingraham is also the official guest host of The O'Reilly Factor on Fox News Channel and a weekly contributor with her segment, "The Ingraham Angle;" O'Reilly has referred to her as a "blind ideologue" and a "Kool-Aid drinker." She anchored a three-week show, in June 2008, called, Just In with Laura Ingraham.
In one of her most famous incidents, on Election Day 2006 Ingraham encouraged listeners to jam the phone line of a toll-free Democratic Party service for reporting voting problems. No tangible consequences came of it. As of 2008, Laura Ingraham is rated as the No. 6 radio show host in America, by Talkers Magazine. She was as high as No. 5, in the past, according to the same publication.
- The Hillary Trap: Looking for Power in All the Wrong Places, first published June 2000, while the author was a talk show host on MSNBC, was updated and reissued in paperback December 25, 2005. It analyzes and reinterprets Hillary Clinton as a faux feminist, whose "liberal feminism has created a culture that rewards dependency, encourages fragmentation, undermines families, and celebrates victimhood".
- Shut Up & Sing: How Elites from Hollywood, Politics, and the U.N. are Subverting America, published October 25, 2003, decries liberal "elites" in politics, the media, academia, arts and entertainment, business, and international organizations, on behalf of "disrespected" Middle Americans, whom the author praises as "the kind of people who are the lifeblood of healthy democratic societies".
- Power to the People, a New York Times number one best seller, published September 11, 2007, focuses on what Ingraham calls the "pornification" of America and stresses the importance of popular participation in culture, promoting conservative values in family life, education and patriotism.
Ingraham once was engaged to conservative author and fellow Dartmouth alumnus Dinesh D'Souza and has dated former New Jersey Democratic Senator Robert Torricelli, as well as briefly dating MSNBC host Keith Olbermann.
She was estranged from her brother, Curtis, for many years. In 1997, however, she wrote in the Washington Post that she and her brother had reconciled after he came out as gay, and that getting to know him and his partner had tempered her personal views on homosexuality.
In April 2005, she announced that she was engaged to businessman James V. Reyes, with a wedding planned in May or June 2005. On April 26, 2005, she announced that she had undergone breast cancer surgery. On May 11, 2005, Ingraham told listeners that her engagement to Reyes was canceled, citing issues regarding her diagnosis with breast cancer. Despite the breakup, she maintained that the two remain good friends and had told listeners, in 2006, that she was in good health.
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- "The Top Talk Radio Audiences". Talkers magazine. November 2008. http://www.talkers.com/main/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=17&Itemid=34. Retrieved 2008-12-18.
- Cutler, Aaron (2008). "Shock Jocks: Hate Speech and Talk Radio". Alter Net. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rory-oconnor/laura-ingraham-right-wing_b_106034.html. Retrieved 2009-07-24.
- Shapiro, Gary (2006-04-28). "Dartmouth Review Celebrates 25 Years". The New York Sun. http://www.nysun.com/arts/dartmouth-review-celebrates-25-years/31813/. Retrieved 2008-06-24. ""The Review made me who I am," the radio host and former editor-in-chief of the Review, Laura Ingraham '85, said."
- Reed, Ishmael. (1999-01-23) "Unequal rights for haters." Salon.com.
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- Talkers Magazine Online
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- Mary McGrory, "The Hillary Trap: Looking for Power in All the Wrong Places", Washington Monthly, Vol. 32, No. 6 (June 2000), p. 51.
- Cynthia Harrison, "The Hillary Trap: Women Looking for Power in All the Wrong Places", Library Journal, Vol. 125 No. 12 (July 2000), p. 119.
- Kathryn Jean Lopez, "Books in Brief", National Review, Vol. 55, No. 21 (Nov 10, 2003), p. 51.
- Arave, Lynn (October 12, 2007). "Author brings 'Power' to Utah". Deseret News. http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_qn4188/is_20071012/ai_n21051734/. Retrieved 2009-07-24.
- "New York Times Best Seller List". Clapp Library. September 30, 2007. http://www.clapplibrary.org/new_york_times_best_seller_list.htm. Retrieved 2009-07-24.
- "Radio's 'Power' broker". Washington Times. 2007-09-13. http://washingtontimes.com/news/2007/sep/13/radios-power-broker/. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
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- Carlson, Margaret (1997-04-21). "ONLY IN MY BACKYARD". Time. ISSN 0040-718X. http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,986234,00.html. Retrieved 2009-11-11.
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