Lou Dobbs is a television personality who has been around for a very long time. He was involved in the founding of Cable News Network (CNN) in 1980 and accompanied most of the first decade of the new millennium before he left to pursue his career elsewhere. Over the years, Lou has developed an impressive profile as an American television commentator, radio host, television host, and author.
Read below in his biography to learn how he managed all this, more about his family, and what he has been up to lately.
Bio – Who is Lou Dobbs?
Lou was born a very long time ago in 1945, exactly on September 24, 1945, in Childress County, Texas, USA, as the son of Frank Dobbs and his wife Lydia Mae (née Hensley). His full name is Louis Carl “Lou” Dobbs, and he spent the rest of his childhood in Rupert, Idaho, where he played on the school soccer team Tackle at Minico High School in Minidoka County. After graduating from high school, Lou Dobbs enrolled at Havard University to study economics and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics in 1967.
The Havard-trained economist began his media career in the early 1970s with a job in Yuma, Arizona, as a police fire department reporter for the radio station KBLU. Prior to that, he worked for the federal poverty reduction programs in Boston and Washington, D.C., briefly attended the UI College of Law in Moscow, Idaho, and was a cash management specialist at the Union Bank of California in Los Angeles.
Louis Carl “Lou” Dobbs joined CNN in 1980 as a chief business correspondent and host of Moneyline, the business and financial news program. Moneyline was then a successful leading business show on the air, and this success undoubtedly made Lou Dobbs one of the best journalists in the financial news field. Within 4 years of joining CNN, he was promoted to vice president and managing editor of financial news.
He also worked as a senior executive for CNN and was a member of the CNN Board of Directors before leaving the news network following his differences with Rick Kaplan, who became CNN President in 1997. After Dobbs left, he was replaced by Willow Bay and Stuart Varney at Moneyline when he joined Space.com, a space news website.
His retirement at CNN was not to last forever, however, as he returned to the media house in 2001 after Kaplan left the previous year. Lou worked with the news organization in various positions from then until 2009.
After his own and second departure from CNN, he began a radio career with Lou Dobbs Radio on United Stations Radio Networks from 2009 to 2012. The telephone radio program was broadcast daily by several stations while they discussed political issues in the air.
During this time (2010), Lou Dobbs began working with Fox Business Network as the host of Lou Dobbs Tonight on March 14, 2011, and he also appears regularly on various programs with other news networks, including CNBC’s The Kudlow Report and The O’Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel.
Family – His Wife & Children
Lou Dobbs first married his high school sweetheart Kathy Wheeler in 1969, and their son was born in 1970. The relationship between the two lasted 12 years before it ended. Unfortunately, the name of his first son has not yet been verified.
After the end of his first marriage, the television personality married Debi Segura in 1982. Their marriage was very fruitful, as she gave birth to 6 children, all of whom are now adults. They are Hilary Dobbs, Jason Dobbs, Chance Dobbs, Michelle Dobbs, Heather Dobbs, and Buffie Dobbs. To this day, Lou and Debi, a former CNN sports journalist, have remained loyal to each other without any rumors about their union.
Where is He Now?
Lou Dobbs is still with us, he has remained visible in the political debate about politics in America, and because of his pro-trump views, many have called his views on controversial issues controversial. He holds anti-immigration views, which is why he has been accused of being hispanophobic. He denies this and states that his wife is Mexican-American.
Dobbs has also been very vocal in defending the policies and leadership of President Donald Trump. In July 2018 in particular, Lou defended the president’s decision to exclude Kaitlan Collins from press events at the White House. In addition, around September 2018, he sided with the president regarding the number of victims of Hurricane Maria, claiming that the actual number had been inflated to discredit Trump’s administration, just as he called the October 2018 bombings that targeted CNN and some Democrats “fake news.
The experienced American television personality is a regular columnist for the New York Daily News, the U.S. News & World Report, and Money Magazine.