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John Stossel is an ABC NEWS Correspondent, Co-anchor of ABC's 20/20, and author of The John Stossel Specials.
In addition in-depth reports for 20/20 on subjects ranging from government waste to parenting, John Stossel does shorter pieces debunking myths, like "record high" gas prices, the evils of "sweatshops" and price "gouging." In addition, his "Give Me a Break" commentaries take a skeptical look at a wide array of issues, from pop culture controversies to censorship and government regulations.
Mr. Stossel has written two best sellers: Give Me a Break, and Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Why Everything You Know Is Wrong.
John Stossel's TV specials consistently rate among the top news programs and have earned him uncommon praise: "The most consistently thought-provoking TV reporter of our time" said the Dallas Morning News, while the Orlando Sentinel said he "has the gift for entertaining while saying something profound."
Mr. Stossel's most recent special, Stupid in America, suggested that the government's monopoly on education cheats kids. His special, John Stossel Goes to Washington, looked at how, under Democrats and Republicans, government keeps growing, while Tampering With Nature suggested that most tampering is a good thing.
John Stossel's first special, Are We Scaring Ourselves to Death,examined exaggerated fears of things like chemicals and crime. It was followed by The Blame Game, which looked at Americans' growing tendency to blame their misfortunes on others, and Boys and Girls Are Different.
For Mr. Stossel's most popular program in high school classrooms, Is America Number 1?, (Stosselintheclassroom.org), he traveled the world to compare American life with life elsewhere and ask, "what makes a nation prosperous?"
In You Can't Say That!, John Stossel looked at the battle between free speech. He examined the science of happiness in The Mystery of Happiness, the destructive lawsuits in The Trouble With Lawyers, and bogus scientific claims in Junk Science: What You Know That May Not Be So.
In Freeloaders Mr. Stossel focused on how getting "something for nothing" appeals to all of us, including rich people who use the power of government to help themselves. Greed challenged conventional wisdom on how Americans view business, while Sex, Drugs and Consenting Adults questioned why Americans are jailed for voluntary non-violent activities.
John Stossel has received 19 Emmy Awards. He has been honored five times for excellence in consumer reporting by the National Press Club. Among his other awards are the George Polk Award for Outstanding Local Reporting and the George Foster Peabody Award. He is a 1969 graduate of Princeton University, with a B.A. in psychology.
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