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Elizabeth "Liz" Kate Claman is the anchor of the Fox Business Network show Countdown to the Closing Bell at 3pm ET and co-anchor at 2pm ET and 4pm ET of Fox Business on the Fox Business Network alongside co-anchor David Asman. She was previously the co-anchor of the CNBCmarker morning television program Morning Call. Before that, Claman was the co-host of the programs Wake Up Call and Market Watch and the anchor of the CNBC newsmagazine program Cover to Cover. Claman also served as a substitute anchor for The News with Brian Williams before Williams left MSNBC for NBC News in 2004.

Early years

Claman was born to Canadian parents in Beverly Hills, Californiamarker. For her early education Claman went to Phillips Academymarker in Andover, Massachusettsmarker where she was a disc jockey for the school radio station, WPAA, and to Beverly Hills High Schoolmarker.

After a brief stint at UC Santa Cruzmarker, Claman transferred to UC Berkeley where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in French language. She also has a Certificat Supérieur de Français from the Sorbonnemarker.


Described by Vanity Fair (November 2008) as " of television's top business reporters and anchors," and referred to by smitten bloggers as "The Red Fox," Claman got her start in television as a production assistant for Paula Zahn and Jim Lampley at Los Angeles television station KCBS-TVmarker. Claman's first on-the-air reporting job was at WSYX-TVmarker (Columbus, Ohiomarker) followed by a stint hosting a morning talk show, Morning Exchange, at WEWS-TVmarker (Clevelandmarker). Later, Claman served as a weekend anchor at WHDH-TVmarker (Bostonmarker).

While working in local television, Claman won several local Emmy Awards.

In April 1998 Claman began her CNBC career as a freelancer, based in Fort Lee, New Jerseymarker and later in neighboring Englewood Cliffsmarker. Six weeks into her 13-week trial period, CNBC gave Claman a long-term contract.

In November 2006, Claman made her debut as an author with her book The Best Investment Advice I Ever Received .On July 19, 2007, Claman announced her departure from CNBC effective immediately . Claman started at Fox Business Network on October 18, 2007, 3 days after the expiration of her no-compete contract clause with CNBC. She is appearing from 2-5 PM ET where for the latter two hours of the time slot she will compete against CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo. Her first Fox Business Network assignment was an interview with Warren Buffett. Claman first interviewed Buffett in November 2006 when she was at CNBCmarker. Since she joined Fox Business she has conducted interviews with world political and business leaders such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Steve Forbes, Paul H. O'Neill, John W. Snow, and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar. In addition to her daily three hours on Fox Business, she now appears regularly on CBS's The Early Show.

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Personal life

Claman resides in Edgewater, New Jerseymarker with her husband Jeff Kepnes, a Senior Producer for CNN, and their two children. Her late father, Dr. Morris Claman, was a renowned urologist and associate clinical professor of urology at the UCLAmarker School of Medicine. Her mother is actress June Claman. Claman's oldest sister Danielle is an executive for Showtime, another older sister is a Hollywood studio musician, and her younger brother is also a musician.

Claman is a member of the charitable organization Hadassah and has been featured in an article in that organization's magazine. Claman is a Big Sister in the Big Brother/Big Sister program at the Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services of Manhattan.

Claman is an active public speaker. She has given speeches and moderated discussions regarding women and mothers in the workplace.

Despite having been born with mild scoliosis, Claman is an avid runner who completed the New York City Marathon in 2006 and is training for a triathlon in 2009. She is also a skier. In 2006 and 2007, Claman participated in the Jerry Ford Celebrity Cup Ski Race in Vail, Coloradomarker sponsored by the Vail Valley Foundation charity. In 2007 Claman's ski team made the race finals.

In 1999, the author Matthew Klam, writing in The New York Times Magazine, referred to Claman as "the giant swimsuit model in a tight skirt and sweater set".




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