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Overview (3)

Born in Mount Vernon, Washington, USA
Birth NameGlenn Lee Beck
Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Glenn Beck has built his rising media company "Mercury Radio Arts" from the ground up. The former Top 40 DJ entered the talk format in 2001 and already his show is broadcast nearly 200 stations nationwide. Millions of listeners are drawn to this modern-day story teller who is armed with a quick wit, an informed opinion, and a unique ability to inspire others to experience their full potential with an open heart. His on-air presence is both commanding and inviting - a trait he has been refining for the last 27 years.

Glenn Lee Beck was born in Everett, Washington, to Mary Clara (Janssen) and William A. Beck. His father was of German and English descent, and his mother was of German ancestry. He started in radio when he was only thirteen years old, by winning a local radio contest to be a DJ for an hour. Soon after that day, Glenn had three jobs - one at a Christian station, a Rock station, and a Country station - all of which his parents had to schlep him to in their home state of Washington. He was fired from all three jobs - on the same day when he was 14 years old!

After high school graduation, Glenn pursued his career as a Top 40 DJ at stations all over the country. Eventually, he landed an opportunity in Corpus Christi, Texas, as the youngest morning guy in the U.S. at 18 years old. His career was soaring and took him to Top 40 morning shows in Baltimore, Houston, Phoenix, Washington, and New Haven, Conn. He rode the wave of professional success into the 1990s when things began to change. Today, Glenn points out, "When you have that kind of success that early in life, it's easy for you to turn into a monster. And I did! I was not a good guy."

At the age of 30, Glenn lost his passion for radio - and everything else - as alcoholism and drug addiction took him over. Struggling to find some answers to his problem, Glenn pursued higher education. Though he was accepted by Yale as a Theology major, he lasted only one semester, faced with a divorce from his first wife and separation from his two daughters - the oldest with Cerebral Palsy. He was emotionally and financially decimated and relegated to one of the smallest radio markets. The shooting radio star had fallen to earth.

Finally, he turned to a program of recovery.

Coming to terms with his past and staying sober shifted his life direction. He found a new love (his second wife, Tania), faith in Jesus (he was baptized Mormon in 2000), and a new vision of his career - he would pursue talk radio.

Soon after his baptism, Glenn received a call from an agent who was interested in representing him. Days later, he had an offer to host his own talk radio show on WFLA-AM in Tampa, Florida, forcing him to move away from his daughters in New Haven. He and Tania decided to live in Tampa for two years and then, whether Glenn succeeded or failed, they would move closer to his girls.

He inherited the 18th placed position at WFLA-AM and took it to the #1 position in his first year, giving the station its highest ratings ever. Within 18 months, Premiere Radio Networks, the leading radio syndication company in the country, offered Glenn the opportunity to go national. In January 2002, The Glenn Beck Program launched on 47 stations.

He also kept his promise to his daughters and moved the national show to Philadelphia.

Running from 2006-2008, Beck launched "The Glenn Beck Program", an hour long television program, on CNN's Headline News. From 2009-2011, the show aired on the Fox News Channel. After changing his approach and wanting to play a different role in the media, Beck left Fox, and launched an independent network called "TheBlaze". TheBlaze, available on Dish Network and on over 90 other television providers across the nation, with eleven of those being in the national top 25, is a news and entertainment network which airs both Beck's radio and television program, as well as 16 other original programs. TheBlaze also has a radio network that broadcasts 15 programs.

In November 2014, Glenn revealed on his program that he had gone through a "pivot point" in his life and revealed that for five years he'd been suffering from an illness that would've made his body shut down within the span of 5-10 years. Glenn, after being tested for traumatic brain injury, was told by doctors in New York that he was functioning in the bottom tenth percentile. After doctors failed to diagnose exactly what was wrong with him, Glenn sought the help of the Carrick Brain Centers in Texas.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: LAUS DEO

Spouse (2)

Tania Colonna (8 January 2000 - present) (2 children)
Claire (1983 - 1994) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (21)

[2009] A resident of New Canaan, Connecticut.
Raised a Roman Catholic. His mother and one of his brothers committed suicide, and a sibling had a fatal heart attack.
Graduated from Sehome High School in Bellingham, Washington, and took a single theology class at Yale University. Dropped out from Yale around the time of the divorce from his first wife. [1982]
Father of four children: teenagers Hannah and Mary (who has cerebral palsy) by his first wife; Raphe (adopted in 2004) and Cheyenne (born in 2006) by his second wife, Tania.
Publisher of Fusion Magazine and TheBlaze.com.
Admitted to a New York hospital with appendicitis on November 3, 2009.
Diagnosed with the eye disease macular dystrophy [July 20, 2010].
Has a production company called Mercury Radio Arts.
Favorite songs: "Haven't Met You Yet" by Michael Bublé, "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga.
Began the Glenn Beck radio program in 2002.
Began radio career at age 13 in Seattle.
Discontinued Glenn Beck (2009) on the Fox News Channel, and started GBTV.com [September 2011].
His first jobs was working in his father's bakery and, later, at a radio station.
Release of his book, "An Inconvenient Book: Real Solutions to the World's Biggest Problems" by Glenn with Kevin Balfe. [November 2007]
Release of his book, "Arguing with Idiots: How to Stop Small Minds and Big Government". [September 2009]
Release of his book, "The Real America: Messages From the Heart and Heartland". [September 2003]
Release of his book, "Glenn Beck's Common Sense: The Case Against an Out-of-Control Government, Inspired by Thomas Paine" by Glenn with Joseph Kerry. [June 2009]
Release of his book, "The Christmas Sweater: A Picture Book" by Glenn with Kevin Balfe and Jason Wright. [November 2008]
Texas, USA: Living and working. [December 2011]
Release of his novel, "The Overton Window". [June 2010]
In late February 2014, Glenn Beck interviewed Google officials Eric E. Schmidt and Jared Cohen on the "Glenn Beck Program" on Beck's Internet-based television network, The Blaze, which he started after leaving FOX News. Beck quipped that he had expected Schmidt and Cohen to cancel their appearance when they realized who they were dealing with, but both guests agreed that they not only knew who Beck is but they would not have missed a first-hand look at his operation since they believe that Internet-based networks are the future of television.

Personal Quotes (4)

The most used phrase in my administration if I were to be President would be 'What the hell you mean we're out of missiles?'
You know, we all have our inner demons. I, for one -- I can't speak for you, but I'm on the verge of moral collapse at any time. It can happen by the end of the show.
We're approaching a last call. All aboard God's train. Buckle up. Because trouble is coming.
ding Barack Obama] On his constitutional steadfastness? I'd give him a D. On his ability to move forward a progressive agenda, I'd give him a A+. On his willingness to engage with people who disagree with him, I'd give him an F.

Salary (1)

Glenn Beck (2009) $2,000,000 /year (2009)

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