Laura Ingraham

Laura Ingraham signs her new book, Power to the People at the Lawrence, NY, Costco
Born June 19, 1964 (1964-06-19) (age 56)
Glastonbury, Connecticut, U.S.
Residence Washington, D.C.
Nationality American
Education AB, JD
Occupation broadcaster
Religion Roman Catholic

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.[1]


Ingraham grew up in a middle-class family in Glastonbury, Connecticut.[2] and graduated from Glastonbury High School, in 1981.

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,[3] its first female editor.[2] 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".[4]

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.

Ingraham suiting up for a VIP flight as a guest of the U.S. Navy at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia.

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."[5][6] She anchored a three-week show, in June 2008, called, Just In with Laura Ingraham.[7][8]

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.[2] 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.[9]

Ingraham is represented by the Executive Speakers Bureau, of Memphis, Tennessee, and receives between $20,000-30,000 per appearance.[10]


  • 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,[11] whose "liberal feminism has created a culture that rewards dependency, encourages fragmentation, undermines families, and celebrates victimhood".[12]
  • 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".[13]
  • Power to the People, a New York Times number one best seller,[14][15] 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.[16]


Ingraham once was engaged to conservative author and fellow Dartmouth alumnus Dinesh D'Souza and has dated former New Jersey Democratic Senator Robert Torricelli,[17] as well as briefly dating MSNBC host Keith Olbermann.[18]

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.[19]

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.[20]

She is a convert to Roman Catholicism. In May 2008, Ingraham began proceedings to adopt a young girl from Guatemala, whom she has named Maria Caroline.[21]


Code Red Rally

On December 8, 2009 Ingraham broadcast her support of a rally protesting the 2008 health care reform bill to be held in Washington, D.C. at the US Capital on December 15, 2009.[22]

See also


  1. "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. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 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. 
  3. 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." 
  4. Reed, Ishmael. (1999-01-23) "Unequal rights for haters." Salon.com.
  5. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/12/19/oreilly-slams-ingraham-yo_n_398165.html
  6. PAXALLES: "Ingraham Angle": Non-"Stop Loss" Hollywood Iraq Movies And Clinton Campaign
  7. Great News on the Laura Ingraham Front by Michael Gaynor
  8. America's Election HQ Returns Monday - mediabistro.com: TVNewser
  9. Talkers Magazine Online
  10. Laura Ingraham Executive Speaker's Bureau
  11. Mary McGrory, "The Hillary Trap: Looking for Power in All the Wrong Places", Washington Monthly, Vol. 32, No. 6 (June 2000), p. 51.
  12. Cynthia Harrison, "The Hillary Trap: Women Looking for Power in All the Wrong Places", Library Journal, Vol. 125 No. 12 (July 2000), p. 119.
  13. Kathryn Jean Lopez, "Books in Brief", National Review, Vol. 55, No. 21 (Nov 10, 2003), p. 51.
  14. 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. 
  15. "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. 
  16. "Radio's 'Power' broker". Washington Times. 2007-09-13. http://washingtontimes.com/news/2007/sep/13/radios-power-broker/. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  17. Laura Ingraham
  18. The Political Scene: One Angry Man: Reporting & Essays: The New Yorker
  19. 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. 
  20. Laura Ingraham Recovering from Cancer Surgery
  21. Usmagazine.com | Radio Host Laura Ingraham Adopts Girl From Guatemala
  22. Laura Ingraham Code Red Rally

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