Louis Carl Dobbs is a known American TV commentator, radio show host and an author. Dobbs started working as a reporter and a network vice president at CNN in 1980.
Lou was a managing editor and host of the program called Moneyline that premiered in 80’s. In 2003, the show changed it’s name to Lou Dobbs Tonight.
From 1999 to 2001, Dobbs wasn’t working for CNN anymore, but soon rejoined them to continue his work.
He stopped working there again in 2009. He started working at the Fox Business Network in 2011. He had his show, Lou Dobbs Tonight, again. He was aslo a host on the U.S. Radio Network program called Lou Dobbs Radio.
He was born as Louis Carl Dobbs on September 24th, 1945 in New Jersey, U.S. His father, Frank Dobbs was a co-owner of a propane company, and his mother was Lydia Mae and she was a bookkeeper.
His father’s propane business failed when he was 12 years old and they decided to move to Rupert in Idaho.
He went to Minico High School located in Minidoka County. There he was a football player and was also in a band and a student body president.
He was accepted at the University of Idaho but he decided to apply to Harvard University. He was accepted and got his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics in 1967.
Before he decided to go back to Idaho, Lou was working for anti-poverty programs in Washington, D.C. and Boston.
He went to law school in UI College of Law in Moscow, Idaho and after that worked for Union Bank of California.
He moved to Yuma in Arizona and started working as a police and fire reporter. Later he was a reporter in Phoenix and after that in Seattle’s KING-TV.
He was recruited by Ted Turner in 1979. At the time, he was forming CNN.
Dobbs joined CNN in 1980 and was a chief economics correspondent and a host on Moneyline.
He was also a corporate executive, executive vice president and member of CNN’s executive committee for CNN. He made a CNN financial news and was it’s president and had a program Business Unusual.
He had many disagreements with Rick Kaplan who was a president of CNN since 1997.
In April 1999, CNN covered Clinton’s speech in Colorado after the Columbine High School massacre. Dobbs ordered to cut away from the presidents speech so they could boradcast Moneyline. He got into a fight with Kaplan. Kaplan ordered to get back to speech.
After that, Lou stated that he is leaving a network so he could start space.com, a website about astronautical news.
He was replaced by Stuart Varney and Willow Bay who hosted Moneyline after him.
In 2000, Kaplan left CNN and a year after Dobbs returned back to CNN because his friend and colegue Ted Turner wanted him to do so. He started hosting a new program Lou Dobbs Reporting that after turned to be the CNN News Sunday Morning.
He also continued to host Lou Dobbs Moneyline that was renamed as ou Dobbs Tonight in 2003.
On November 11th, 2009 Lou Dobbs announced that he won’t continue his work for CNN anymore. He stated that he wanted to pursue new paths.
In 2009, there was a huge controversy begause Dobbs’ program was the only programe that aired the birther conspiracy theory.
Some liberal groups like the Southern Poverty Law Center and Media Matters were criticizing Lou for his reporting.
He was also criticized for showing to a FAIR conference (shorter for Federation for American Immigration Reform) that is an anti-illegal immigration group
There were multiple campaigns like “Basta Dobbs” from Presente.org and “Drop Dobbs” from NDN, Media Matters that criticized him. Those campaigns were also criticizing CNN for their hypocrisy towards Latinos in their America special.
Those campaigns also had an anti-Dobbs presses and were credited bny some for their standing out.
Lou also allegedly got a $8 million pay after he left CNN.
Afte Lou left CNN in 2009 he was interviewed and when he was asked about the possibility of him running for president in 2012, he said that that decision was also up to his wife. Senator Dean Barkley stated that he thinks Lou should run for president.
Lou hosted his Lou Dobbs Radio on the United Stations Radio Networks from 2009 to 2012.
The show was airing from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. It had affiliates in some markets like Miami (WZAB-AM), flagship station (WOR) in New York City, the San Francisco Bay Area(KDOW), Washington D.C. (WHFS) and WGNY-AM in Newburgh, New York.
Lou hosts a financially thmed program, Lou Dobbs Minute on the network, too.
In 2008, Dobbs made an agreement with Business Talk Radio Network to replace Bruce Williams for their rebroadcast.
Dobbs also had his show live on CRN Digital Talk Radio Networks.
He was one of the few hosts that tried to get a position in the Morning on WFAN but it was filled by Boomer and Carton in the Morning.
Dobbs stated that he is trying to get a position in the US Department of Treasury. He also said that he thinks he would make a lot better job than people with that current position.
Lou is also an author for the New York Daily News, Money magazine and U.S. News & World Report.
In November 2010, Fox Business Network stated that they will have Lou as a host for one of the shows on the network. In spring 2011, they gave a start date and title of the Dobbs’ new show.
The program was named Lou Dobbd Tonight and it was debuted on March 14, 2011 at 7 p.m. Eastern.
Lou made a lot of appearances on programs like Fox News Channel’s The O’Reilly Factor and CNBC’s The Kudlow Report since 2009.
Dobbs made an appearance on one episode of “The Good Wife” in 2010. The episode was called “Double Jeopardy” and he was playing himself.
Lou is an author of several books. He started publishing those books in 2001.
Louis calls himself an “independent populist”.
Some of his political views like his pro-trump and anti-immigration views and also his opposition for North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are very known to public. He also had some disagreemnts with Barack Obama’s politics.
He got married in 1969 and his first son was born in 1970.
Lou got divorced in 1981 and married to Debi Lee Segura.Lou and Debi had four children together. He is currently living in a farm in Wantage Township, New Jersey.
Full name: Louis Carl Dobbs
Date of birth: September 24, 1945
Birthplace: New Jersey, United States
Profession: reporter, commentator, TV host, author
Height: 188 cm
Net Worth: $16 million