Howard Kurtz Biography
Howard Kurtz (Howard Alan Kurtz) is an American journalist and author best known for his coverage of the media.
He is the host of Fox News Channel’s Media Buzz program, the successor to Fox News Watch. He is also the former media writer for The Washington Post and the former Washington bureau chief for The Daily Beast. Alan has written five books about the media. He left CNN and joined Fox News Channel in 2013.
Kurtz attended the University at Buffalo (SUNY). He also worked on a student newspaper, the Spectrumwhile in college and becoming the editor his senior year. He later attended Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Howard Kurtz Age
Howard Alan Kurtz was born on August 1, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. He is 70 years old as of 2023. Kurtz shares his birthday with other famous people such as Adam Duritz, Chuck D, Demian Bichir, Elijah Kelley, Giancarlo Giannini, Jason Momoa, Jennifer Gareis, and Joe Elliott, among others.
Is Howard Kurtz Jewish?
Howard was born to a Jewish family.
Howard Kurtz Family
He was born to Marcia a homemaker and Leonard Kurtz, a Clothing executive in the Sheepshead Bay neighbourhood of Brooklyn, New York.
Sheri Annis Howard Kurtz | Wife
Howard married Sheri Annis in May 2003 and they together have a son. Sheri a media consultant and political commentator served as campaign spokesperson Republican California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. She has also worked on various conservative political initiatives, they include California’s Proposition 227 and Proposition 209.
He was previously married to Mary Tallmer with whom he has two children.
Howard Kurtz Career
After college, he went to work for the Record in New Jersey. He then moved to Washington D.C. to work as a reporter for syndicated columnist Jack Anderson. He then left Anderson to join the Washington Star, an afternoon paper. When the newspaper closed in 1981, he was hired at The Washington Post by Bob Woodward, then the Metro editor. He has also written for The New Republic, The Washington Monthly, and New York magazine.
Howard joined The Washington Post in 1981 and left in 2010 serving there for 29 years. He served there as a national affairs correspondent, New York bureau chief and deputy national editor. Kurtz covered the news media between 1990-2010 for The Washington Post.
Howard Kurtz CNN
He served as host of the weekly CNN program Reliable Sources, a cable television program that explores the standards, performance and biases of the media from 1998 until 2013. He then led the scrutinizing of the media’s fairness and objectivity by questioning journalists of top news organizations, including those at CNN. Reliable Sources premiered in 1992 when it originated as a one-hour special to discuss the media’s coverage of the Persian Gulf War.
Howard Kurtz The Daily Beast
Kurtz announced he was moving to the online publication The Daily Beast in October 2010. There, he served as the Washington bureau chief for the website, writing on media and politics until 2013. Kurtz’s salary at The Daily Beast was reported to be $600,000 a year. The site’s editor-in-chief Tina Brown announced that Kurtz and The Daily Beast had “parted company” on May 2, 2013.
This occurred in the aftermath of a controversy in which Alan incorrectly accused NBA player Jason Collins of failing to acknowledge a former heterosexual engagement when he came out as a homosexual, but he stated the parting was mutual and “in the works for some time”. Sources inside the Daily Beast newsroom have also stated that Howard’s departure became inevitable once he began writing for and promoting a lesser-known media website called Daily Download. Tina later said on Twitter she fired Kurtz for “serial inaccuracy”.
Howard Kurtz Fox News
Howard left CNN to join Fox News Channel to host a weekend media program on June 20, 2013 and also write a column for FoxNews.com.
Howard Kurtz Media Buzz
Howard’s Media Buzz replaced the Fox News Watch program hosted by Jon Scott. He is known as a fair and balanced journalist on Fox News Channel representing both sides of the media.
Howard Kurtz Books
- 2018 – Media Madness
- 2017 – Reality Show: Inside the Last Great Television News War
- 2000 – The fortune tellers
- 1998 – Spin Cycle: Inside the Clinton Propaganda Machine
- 1996 – Hot Air: All Talk, All the Time
- 1993 – Media Circus: The Trouble with America’s Newspapers
- 1993 – Reinventing the Newspaper: Essays
Howard Kurtz Political Affiliation | Is Howard Kurtz A Democrat?
Howard has publicly declined to state his political affiliation. As a high-profile media critic and analyst, his political leanings and multiple employers and possible biases have been discussed by fellow media critics and pundits. Both the liberal and conservative viewpoints have been observed in his writing. Journalist Mickey Kaus, reporting on and partially quoting from a letter by journalist Charles Kaiser in The New Republic, wrote that Kurtz “has large, non-technical conflicts of interest, since he free-lances and takes money ‘from the people he writes about, from Time Warner to Condé Nast.’… One seemingly conflicting interest is Kurtz co-hosting CNN’s Reliable Sources, in which he obtains monetary supplements as well as national renown.”
He has received criticism for his apparent support of syndicated radio host Don Imus. Former Fox News commentator Bill O’Reilly has called out Howard for criticizing Fox News. The network also covered a story about the United States Justice Department regarding its prosecution of members of the New Black Panther Party for accusations of voter intimidation during the 2008 United States Presidential Election. Bill criticized network news media outlets, particularly Bob Schieffer of the CBS News talk show Face the Nation, for not asking Attorney General Eric Holder about the story. When Howard discussed the topic on Reliable Sources, he mentioned that Fox News was “pushing” the story. Bill criticized Kurtz’s description that Fox pushed the story and said that Howard’s newspaper, The Washington Post, had its own ombudsman Andrew Alexander say that it regretted not pursuing the story earlier due to newsworthiness.
Howard Kurtz Net Worth
Howard’s net worth is not yet revealed.