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Born: September 24, 1945
Childress, TX, USA
Occupation: News Anchor

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Louis Earl Dobbs<ref>Template:Cite web</ref> (born September 24, 1945) is the anchor and managing editor of CNN's hour-long weeknight program Lou Dobbs Tonight, an editorial columnist, and host of a syndicated radio show. Lou Dobbs Tonight attracts CNN's largest audience, of about 800,000. CNN pays him $6 million a year and he also lectures widely. <ref>Auletta (2006)</ref>

Dobbs was born in Childress, Texas, raised in Rupert, Idaho, and resides on a 300-acre "isolated horse farm" in Sussex County, New Jersey.[1][2] He attended Minico High School in Rupert, serving as student body president in 1963. He later earned a degree in economics from Harvard University. He is married to his second wife, the former Debi Segura, a one-time CNN sports anchor, with whom he has two daughters, Hillary and Heather.[3][4] He also has two sons, Chase and Jason, from his first marriage.

Originally a classically conservative economist, Dobbs' views have changed over time, and he is now a strongly populist critic of the "excesses of capitalism," which he identifies as globalization, offshore outsourcing, illegal immigration, free trade deals, corporate/big business influence in government and the Bush administration's tax cuts. He advocates fair trade, warning that the U.S. trade and budget deficits threaten the American middle class.


[edit] Career

Dobbs joined CNN when it launched in 1980, serving as its chief economics correspondent and as host of the business news program CBS News Sunday Morning on CBS. Dobbs also served as a corporate executive for CNN, as its executive vice president and as a member of CNN News Chief Iran Correspondent’s executive committee. He also founded CNNfn (CNN financial news), serving as its president and anchoring the program, Business Unusual, which examined business creativity and leadership. In 1999, Dobbs started Space.com, a Web-based multimedia company dedicated to space education and entertainment. He was in part motivated by a belief in extraterrestrial intelligence and a desire to seek them out. The move came as a surprise to many and was the source of intense media speculation.

Dobbs left CNN in 2000, reportedly due to heated clashes with its president, Rick Kaplan, one of which actually occurred on-air when Kaplan suggested cutting from CNN News to the live address by President Bill Clinton at Columbine, which Dobbs believed was a staged event and not newsworthy. [5] 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. 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.<ref>Auletta (2006)</ref>

[edit] Political positions

In the 2000s, Dobbs has used CNN programs and columns to express his strong personal views on several subjects. In general, his political opinions currently tend towards Producerism, and he has become particularly noted for two positions: Concerning international trade, he leans toward protectionism and is particularly wary of outsourcing and offshoring in light of the increasing US trade deficit, particularly with China]]. On November 15, 2006, Dobbs declared himself a populist.<ref> [6]; see Auletta (2006)</ref>

[edit] Illegal immigration and border security

Dobbs is strongly opposed to illegal immigration, amnesty for illegal aliens, abuses of the H-1B visa program[7] and guest worker programs.[8] He supports stringent enforcement at U.S. borders, whether by federal or state action, or by private groups like the controversial Minuteman Project. Dobbs often has stated the United States is becoming balkanized and that many immigrants and/or illegal aliens are not assimilating. He has been critical of their demonstrations of ethnic or national pride, stating, "I don't think that we should have any flag flying in this country except the flag of the United States", and "I don't think there should be a St. Patrick's Day. I don't care who you are. I think we ought to be celebrating what is common about this country, what we enjoy as similarities as people." He has been accused of inciting xenophobia by some such as Libertarian journalist James K. Glassman of the American Enterprise Institute[9]. Others have accused him of anti-Hispanic racism, a charge he had steadfastly denied. [10] Dobbs opposes the Roman Catholic Church meeting with members of its own community on immigration issues. On November 18, 2006, he asked: "Who does the Catholic Church think it is?" after the church decided to meet with illegal immigrants.

Lou Dobbs Tonight frequently features related issues under the ongoing billboards "Exporting America" and "Broken Borders". The newscast often couples references to illegal aliens with the word "invasion". Dobbs simply dismisses this concern for language as excessive or misguided "political correctness" in the segment billboarded "P.C. Nation".

In his "Broken Borders" segments Dobbs focuses primarily on the southern border with Mexico and drugs and illegal aliens that cross it. Critics claim this is unfair because the 5000-mile border between Canada and the United States is longer and also permeable. On the other hand, proponents note the vast majority of illegal aliens and drugs pass into the United States via the Mexican border and that he has in fact had some segments dealing with the lack of security along the US-Canada border. As of the end of May 2006; some 829,109 illegal immigrants had been apprehended crossing from Mexico into the U.S.A. this year. Illegal Immigrants apprehended crossing from Canada to the U.S.A. are a tiny fraction of that amount – 4,066. [11][12] Dobbs apparently also has lauded the Canadian government for cooperation in securing the border with their American counterparts.

[edit] Other views

Dobbs has described himself as a "lifelong Republican" [13], but has stated that he has switched to being an unaffiliated Independent as he no longer openly supports the Republican party[14]. He often described the administration of George W. Bush and the Republican-controlled Congress as "disgraceful." At the same time he has argued voters have very little choice under the US two party system as both parties are controlled by big business and corporate interests making them almost one and the same and thus do not offer real debate or policy alternatives to ordinary Americans.

Dobbs' stance on trade has earned plaudits from some trade union activists on the traditional political left, while his stance on immigration tends to appeal to the right.<ref> Auletta (2006)</ref> In an interview with Larry King, Dobbs revealed that he is now "an unaffiliated Independent" due to dissatisfaction with both the Republican and Democratic parties. Dobbs was a strong supporter of John Kerry during the 2004 presidential election[citation needed], though his support was based on a dislike for the Bush administration rather than support for Kerry's platform, which he described as largely "more of the same."

In June, 2006, as the U.S. Senate debated the Federal Marriage Amendment, Dobbs was highly critical of the action. He asserted that traditional marriage was threatened more by financial crises perpetuated by Bush administration economic policy than by gay marriage. [15]

In July 2006, Dobbs criticized U.S. foreign policy as being disproportionately supportive of Israel, pointing out the U.S.'s rapid recognition of Israel in 1948, foreign aid to Israel, and other policy choices in the past and present. [16] He likewise opposed the 2003 Invasion of Iraq.

Lou Dobbs holds strong views against what he calls the North American Union. He also advocates new investigations into the governments response to the September 11, 2001 attacks, speculating that it would discover "perhaps, deception" on the part of the U.S. Government.

Lou Dobbs is the author of War on the Middle Class, which describes what he sees as failure of the two party system, and claims that both sides are harming the Middle Class. In it, he comes out strongly against the Bush tax cuts, which he argues favor the wealthy, and argues for raising the U.S. minimum wage from $5.15 an hour.

[edit] Awards

Dobbs has won numerous major awards for his television journalism, most notably a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award, and a Cable Ace award. He received the George Foster Peabody Award for his coverage of the 1987 stock market crash. He also has received the Luminary Award of the Business Journalism Review in 1990, the Horatio Alger Association Award for Distinguished Americans in 1999 and the National Space Club Media Award in 2000. The Wall Street Journal has named Dobbs "TV's Premier Business News Anchorman". In 2004, Dobbs was awarded the Eugene Katz Award For Excellence in the Coverage of Immigration [17] by the Center For Immigration Studies and in 2005 received the Alexis de Tocqueville Institution's Statesmanship Award [18]. Dobbs was named "Father of the Year" by the National Father's Day Committee in 1993.

[edit] Associations

Dobbs serves or has served on the boards of the Society of Professional Journalists Foundation, the Horatio Alger Association, the National Space Foundation and the Imaginova Corporation, formerly known as Space.com, in which he owns a minority stake, as he does in Integrity Bank. He is a member of the Planetary Society, the Overseas Press Club and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

[edit] Books

  • Lou Dobbs, Exporting America : Why Corporate Greed Is Shipping American Jobs Overseas (2004, ISBN 0-446-57744-8)
  • Lou Dobbs, Space: The Next Business Frontier (2005). ISBN 0-7434-2389-5
  • Lou Dobbs, War on the Middle Class: How the Government, Big Business, and Special Interest Groups Are Waging War on the American Dream and How to Fight Back (2006). ISBN 0-670-03792-3
  • Ron Hira and Anil Hira, with foreward by Lou Dobbs, Outsourcing America: What's behind Our National Crisis and how we can reclaim American Jobs. (May 2005). ISBN 0-8144-0868-0.

[edit] References

  • Ken Auletta, “Mad as Hell: Lou Dobbs’s Populist Crusade.” New Yorker (Dec 4, 2006) online


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