Greta Van Susteren

Greta Van Susteren

name = Greta Van Susteren

birth_date = birth date and age|1954|6|11
birth_place = Appleton, Wisconsin, USA
occupation = Host of "On the Record" (Fox News Channel)
website = [,2933,42016,00.html Bio on]

Greta Van Susteren (born June 11, 1954 in Appleton, Wisconsin, USA) is an American journalist and television personality on the Fox News Channel, where she hosts "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren". A former criminal and civil trial lawyer, she appeared as a legal commentator on CNN from 1991 to 2002.


She is of Irish ancestry on her mother's side as well as Dutch, French and German on her father's. [ [ e-mail interview with Greta Van Susteren] ,] The name "Van" ("from") "Susteren" refers to the Dutch town of Susteren in the southeastern part of the Netherlands. Because of this connection, when she was asked to assume the role of Honorary Chairperson of the Little Chute Windmill Committee, she accepted. The windmill, an authentic reproduction of a Dutch one, will be built in Little Chute, Wisconsin, where Van Susteren's family lived for some time. [ GoDutch] ]

Her father, Urban Van Susteren, was a longtime friend of Joe McCarthy, having studied law alongside him and serving as his campaign strategist in his successful 1946 U.S. Senate campaign to unseat three-term incumbent Robert LaFollette, Jr. During his Senate career, McCarthy lived in the Van Susterens' Appleton home when he was not in Washington. ["Time" magazine, October 22, 1951]

Van Susteren's sister, Lise, is a forensic psychiatrist in Bethesda, Maryland. In 2006, she was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate. [ [ Greta Van Susteren's sister running for U.S. Senate] , WorldNetDaily, August 30, 2005] [ [ Lise Van Susteren Joins Md. Senate Race] , Washington Post, September 1, 2005]

Greta Van Susteren is married to John P. Coale, also an attorney. They are Scientologists.


Van Susteren earned a law degree from Georgetown University in 1979 and prior to the start of her television work returned to Georgetown Law as an adjunct faculty member in addition to her full-time legal career.

In 2002, Greta Van Susteren switched to the Fox News Channel after a highly-publicized contract bidding war. Since then she has hosted the current affairs show "On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren", becoming one of the network's more popular personalities in the process. [ Floridian: High profile couple never pairs church and state ] ]


External links

* [,2933,42016,00.html FOX News Bio of Greta Van Susteren]
* [ On the Record w/Greta Van Susteren, from]

NAME= Van Susteren, Greta
SHORT DESCRIPTION= lawyer, television presenter
DATE OF BIRTH= 1954-06-11
PLACE OF BIRTH= Appleton, Wisconsin, USA

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