Ed Schultz Biography
|Date of Birth:||1954 , January-27|
|Age:||66 years old|
|Birth Nation:||United States of America|
|Height:||6 Feet 2 Inch|
|Birth Name||Edward Andrew Schultz|
|Birth Place/City||Norfolk, Virginia|
|Net Worth||$11.5 million|
|Famous for||talk radio and television host, political commentator, author|
|Married to||Wendy Schultz (m. 1998), Maureen Zimmerman (m. ?–1993)|
|Education||Minnesota State University Moorhead|
|Awards||Three Eric Sevareid Awards|
|TV Show||The Ed Show|
|Books||Straight Talk from the Heartland: Tough Talk, Common Sense, and Hope from a Former Conservative|
An American television and radio host, Edward Andrew ‘Ed’ Schultz, is a liberal commentator and a former sports broadcaster known for his national radio show The Ed Schultz Show. He currently hosts on RT America TV channel as a daily primetime weekday show. He is the host of the nationally syndicated podcast titled ‘Ed Schultz News and Commentary’ since 2015 and News with Ed Schultz since 2016. He has been active in media journalism since 1980.
Early Life and Education
Ed Schultz was born on January 27, 1954, in Norfolk, Virginia to parents George Schultz, who was an aeronautical engineer and Mary, an English teacher. He went to Larchmont Elementary school and Blair Junior High. He is a graduate of Maury High School in 1972.
Since his childhood, Ed Schultz was interested in football. He used to play for his school team. Ed received a scholarship from Minnesota State University Moorhead to play football and thence moved to Minnesota. While at university, he became an All-America and became the NAIA passing leader in 1977. He was a free agent with the Oakland Raiders.
After his football career, Ed Schultz started working as a sportscaster for two local stations KTHI-TV and WDAY-TV based in Fargo, North Dakota. He started play-by-play of North Dakota State University football games since 1982. He was called as the ‘Voice of Bison’ for his many years at WDAY. In 1996, Ed left the channel and started working for KFGO serving for play-by-play work on University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux Football and left in 2003 to focus on his national radio show.
Ed Schultz was involved in radio talk show since 1992. His first service as a host was on WDAY-AM where he used to do the conservative talks. He moved to KFGO radio station in 1996. His show The Ed Schultz Show from the KFGO studio became the syndicated radio program by Dial Global and could be heard nationwide. He became the top 17th nationally heard host with a weekly audience of more than 3 million listeners from a survey done by the Talkers magazine in 2008.
Since April 6, 2009, Ed Schultz made his debut in MSBC hosting The Ed Show which ultimately became one of the syndicated programs. The show was canceled since July 31, 2015. He is currently hosting at The News with Ed Shultz on RT America. Ed earns a very handsome salary though the exact amount is not known. His net worth is estimated to be $11.5 million as of 2015.
Ed Schultz came into controversy for twice in his profession. Once for calling a talk show host, Laura Ingraham, a ‘right-wing slut’ and a ‘talk-slut’, where the Women’s Media Center called for his suspension and the following day, Ed issued an apology. Secondly, for an edited tape of Texas Governor Rick Perry talking about the national debt crisis where he has not present the full video of the conversation on such a delicate topic.
Ed Schultz has been married twice. He was married to Maureen Zimmerman and has three children with her. Later in 1993, the couple got divorced. The reason behind their divorce is not known. Then he met his current wife, Wendy. She used to work for a charity organization called Salvation Army among the homeless people and veterans. They got married in 1998 and have six children together.
After the marriage, his wife Wendy used to work with him as his production assistant. He was quite devastated after his wife was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. He even took weeks off for the treatment of his wife. After the things went well, Ed Schultz returned to his regular job and is living happily with his wife and children at their house in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota.