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David Shuster (born 1967) is a regional Emmy award winning American journalist for NBC News and MSNBC. He co-hosts on with Tamron Hall 3-5pm ET and occasionally fills in for Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews ,Ed Shultz and Rachel Maddow.

Personal life

Shuster was born in Bloomington, Indianamarker. He is the son of Arnold Shuster of Bloomington and Susan Klein of Nashvillemarker, Indianamarker and stepson of Robert Agranoff, married to his mother, and Rose Mahern-Shuster, married to his father; he has one brother, Jonathan. He graduated in 1985 from Bloomington High School Southmarker, and with honors from the University of Michiganmarker. He is in the process of completing a Master of Arts degree in International Affairs at Georgetown Universitymarker. He was married on May 27, 2007 (at age 40) to journalist Julianna Lee Goldman, at the Sixth & I Historic Synagoguemarker, in Washington, D.C.marker Shuster and Goldman live in Washington.

Early career

Shuster started his journalism career at CNN's Washington, D.C. bureau. He was an assignment editor and field producer from 1990 to 1994, covering both the Persian Gulf War and the 1992 presidential election campaign. Shuster left CNN in 1994 to become a political reporter for the ABC affiliate KATVmarker in Little Rock, Arkansasmarker, covering the Whitewater scandal. During this period, Shuster led KATV's coverage of the indictment, trial, conviction, and resignation of Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker. At KATV, Shuster won a regional Emmy Award for investigative journalism for his reporting on a manufactured housing scandal.

Tenure at Fox News

From 1996 to 2002, Shuster was a Washington, D.C.-based correspondent for the Fox News Channel. He was at the Pentagonmarker at the time of the September 11, 2001 attacks and led Fox's coverage of U.S. military operations in Afghanistanmarker. During the Clinton Administration, Shuster led Fox's coverage of the Clinton investigations including Whitewater, the Monica Lewinsky scandal, the Starr Report and the Senate impeachment trial.

Shuster was also a member of Fox's "You Decide 2000" political team. He spent four months on John McCain's "Straight Talk Express" bus and was Fox's lead correspondent for McCain's presidential campaign.

Career at MSNBC

Shuster left Fox News for MSNBC/NBC in 2002. In early 2003, he traveled to Qatarmarker, where he provided coverage from the United States Central Command during Operation Iraqi Freedom for hourly live reports in prime time. Later, he was in Californiamarker for two months for MSNBC's television program Hardball with Chris Matthews as lead correspondent on the 2003 California recall election, in which Governor Gray Davis was recalled and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger was elected. In 2004 he led the show's coverage of the presidential campaign, including leading the "ad watch team," which analyzed 150 campaign ads. In all, he has filed more than 700 correspondent reports for the show.

Occasionally, Shuster fills in for Chris Matthews on Hardball. Recently, he interviewed former President Jimmy Carter on the show. During the trial relating to the Plame affair, Shuster blogged for Hardball on Hardblogger about the Lewis Libby trial and about other political matters. In addition to this, Shuster has also filled in for Keith Olbermann on Countdown.

In August 2005, Shuster reported from the eye of Hurricane Katrina as it made landfall in Biloximarker, Mississippimarker; Shuster’s reports aired on MSNBC and NBC Nightly News. Shuster also spent several weeks reporting on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina from New Orleansmarker.

On September 24, 2007, Shuster interviewed Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn while filling in on Tucker Carlson's show. When Shuster asked about her response to the MoveOn.org ad campaign concerning General David Petraeus's Iraq war testimony, he followed up by then asking her the name of the last soldier from her congressional district who had been killed in Iraqmarker; she was not able to name the soldier. Shuster mentioned that it was 18-year-old Jeremy Bohannon, and asked Blackburn why she was not able to recall the name. Blackburn's office soon claimed that Bohannon was not actually from Blackburn's congressional district, but was from the congressional district of Rep. John Tanner. However, while Bohannon did grow up in Tanner's district, his legal residence for the year prior to his enlistment was in Blackburn's district.After the promotion of David Gregory to Meet the Press, Shuster was named interim host of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue before being announced as the permanent host.

Chelsea Clinton remark and suspension

On February 7, 2008, while hosting on Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Shuster discussed Chelsea Clinton's campaigning for her mother Hillary Clinton, her efforts to influence superdelegates, and her refusal to answer any questions by the media. When his guest, Bill Press, pointed out that Bush's daughters campaigned for their father, Shuster noted the different access rules in each case and responded, "There's just something a little bit unseemly to me that Chelsea's out there calling up celebrities, saying support my mom … doesn't it seem like Chelsea's sort of being pimped out in some weird sort of way?"

The Clinton campaign demanded an apology and stated that Clinton might not participate in any further debates on MSNBC. Shuster was temporarily suspended from all NBC News and MSNBC appearances for his comments, rather than having to issue an apology. Before the suspension Shuster had engaged in a heated e-mail exchange with a Clinton staffer in which he defended his remarks.Shuster's two-week suspension from on-air duties ended on February 22, 2008.

Argument with Joe Scarborough

On the August 26, 2008 episode of Morning Joe, Shuster and host Joe Scarborough got into an argument relating to the politics of withdrawal from Iraq and the relevance of Scarborough having been a Republican member of Congress while Shuster and other MSNBC colleagues are "registered independents". Over the course of the conversation, Shuster stated he was a registered Independent. Scarborough suggested that the nominal independence of other MSNBC analysts doesn't stop them from supporting biased positions. The conversation was at times personal, with Scarborough stating that Shuster had three times overslept and therefore failed to arrive in time for appearances on Morning Joe.

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue World Trade Center segment

Starting at the January 26th episode of the show 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and continuing until the show's run ended in April 2009, Shuster introduced a special segment towards the end of each episode discussing issues related to redevelopment progress at the World Trade Centermarker site and the idea of rebuilding new Twin Towers at the World Trade Center site. He invited and received a variety of guests on this segment from all ends of the redevelopment debate to inverview. Some guests commenting on the World Trade Center include Tom Brokaw, past New York Governor George Pataki, Port Authority Chairman Christopher Ward, Twin Towers II co-founder Kenneth Gardnder, writer and City Journal editor Nicole Gelinas, and the parents of 9/11 victim and Firefighter Christopher Santora to name a few.

Criticism of Miss California

Shuster began criticizing Miss California Carrie Prejean as he made several postings on his Twitter site on April 30, 2009. On his Twitter site, Shuster states that he was amused by an Ad done by the National Organization for Marriage in which Miss California appears. Additionally Shuster states “Not sure if Perez Hilton has ever been featured in a political ad. In any case, I think his assessment of Miss USA’s logic was accurate.” Shuster also stated that everyone involved with the story made him "want to vomit," and that Prejean was "revolting." After making those remarks on Twitter, Shuster went on to inquire the public relations firm CRC Public Relations representing NOM about Prejean’s positions. Shuster in his email to them included questions about Carrie Prejean having cosmetic surgery weeks before her competition for Miss USA.His remarks included praises to Perez Hilton, a judge who asked Miss California a question about gay marriage who later said disparaging remarks on his blog. In his remarks to Perez Hilton Shuster said “You are welcome. Your view of Miss CA’s intellect (and the lack thereof) is spot on."

Hypocrisy Watch

On January 14, 2009, Shuster created a segment for his show 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue entitled "Hypocrisy Watch" where he reported on what he considered to be examples of hypocrisy being committed by politicians and business leaders. In April 2009, the conservative Media Research Center released a study examining the targets of the first 48 episodes of this segment. According to the study, 71% of the targets were Republicans/Conservatives, 15% were business leaders, 4% were Democrats/Liberals, and 6% were other. This led the MRC to conclude that Shuster's "Hypocrisy Watch" was "hardly a nonpartisan exercise in speaking truth to power."

Awards

Shuster won an Emmy Award as well as a Bugle Award awarded in August 2006 by the Disabled American Veterans for his coverage of the 2005 National Disabled Veterans Sports Clinic and the hour-long special that accompanied it on MSNBC.

References

  1. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0808/12900.html
  2. David Shuster on Wikiquote
  3. http://newsbusters.org/blogs/jeff-poor/2009/04/30/msnbc-s-shuster-launches-attack-campaign-against-miss-california-gay-marr
  4. http://www.mrc.org/realitycheck/2009/fax20090406.asp


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