Howard Kurtz

Howard Alan Kurtz is a well-known American journalist and author who specializes in media coverage.

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Kurtz is the Fox News' Media Buzz host, which replaced Fox News Watch and was a former media columnist for The Washington Post and the Daily Beast's Washington bureau head. He is the author of five books about the media. In 2013, Kurtz left CNN to join Fox News.

Background and Age

Howard Alan Kurtz was born on August 1, 1953, in Brooklyn, New York. His father, Marcia, was a clothing manager. Howard graduated from the University of Buffalo. During his college education, he wrote for the student newspaper called The Spectrum. After leaving Buffalo, Kurtz went to Columbia University to study journalism. After attending Columbia College, he left to work at the Bergen Recording Station in New Jersey.

Career and Net Worth

Howard Kurtz started his career as a reporter for the renowned columnist Jack Anderson. He then left Jack and joined another paper called the Washington Star. After the closing of The Washington Star newspaper in 1981, Howard was asked by Bob Woodward to join the Washington Post. He has also written for major publications like The New Republic, New York Magazine, and The Washington Monthly. Howard has become the author of many books. His popular titles are Media Circus, Reality Show, Hot Air, The Fortune Tellers, and Spin Cycle. Howard's job of analyzing the media is considered unique because he is also in the media, but he writes about his industry. He is in a watchdog position because he has to criticize and report on his peers.

Before his current role on Fox News' Media Buzz, Howard served as a Bureau Chief for The Daily Beast. He also worked for CNN before moving on to the Fox News Channel on June 20, 2013. At Fox, Kurtz would work as an anchor hosting a program on weekends. He would also become a columnist for the website.

WNYC Studios asked Howard how the media will sometimes push sensationalist stories like the OJ Simpson case for ratings instead of reporting on more important news. They wanted him to admit that he was part of the problem or the solution as the media watchdog. Howard was careful with his response, "Well, I suppose you could say if we're doing a show on Monica coverage or an O.J. coverage that we're just adding our voices to the great din. I want to think that at least we're being critical and trying to analyze what it is that possesses otherwise intelligent and self-respecting journalists to get absorbed in one of these frenzies. And I think it used to be more of an occasional thing.

An O.J. type story would come along; everybody in the media would go wild. And now I think we're like heroin addicts, and we have to have our fix. So any mini-scandal that once would have been treated at a moderate volume now gets dramatized attention. And I think we all in this business have now given in far too often to this tendency to package, promote, and exciting stories that don't deserve it. So that you have, you know, massive coverage of the war, which is valid, and you have an enormous range of Greta Van Susteren's facelift, which is exciting but not perhaps as earth-shattering for the republic."

Marriage, Wife, and Kids

In May 2003, Howard Kurtz married Sheri Annis. Sheri Annis is a consultant of media and a commentator of politics. She also worked as a representative for the former Governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Quick Facts
Birth Date: 1 Aug, 1953
Age: 66 yrs
Occupations: Journalist
Citizenship: United States of America
Birth Place: Brooklyn
Gender: Male
Description: American journalist
Twitter Id: HowardKurtz
Net Worth 2021: 5 million
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Last Modified: Feb 19 2023
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