Who is Greta Van Susteren?
Greta Conway Van Susteren was born on 11 June 1954, in Appleton, Wisconsin USA, and is a television news anchor as well as a commentator, known from working with various major news networks, including NBC, Fox News, and CNN. She was the host of the show “On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren”, and also of “For the Record with Greta”. Prior to her career on television, she was a criminal defense and civil trial lawyer.
The Net Worth of Greta Van Susteren
How rich is Greta Van Susteren? As of late-2018, sources inform us of a net worth that is over $35 million, earned largely through a successful career on television, and during her law career. As she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and Education
Greta grew up in Appleton – her father is of Dutch descent and a judge, who was a longtime friend of the notorious Joseph McCarthy who would later become a US Senator, with her father served as a campaign strategist for him. Her mother is of Irish descent. Greta grew up with two siblings who would later pursue careers tied in with politics – her sister was a candidate for Democratic nomination for the US Senate, while her brother would work as a political journalist, and a long-time editor of the “Vermont Sunday” magazine. Greta attended Xavier High School, and after matriculating in 1972, enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, completed a degree in geography and economics before enrolling at the Georgetown University Law Center to earn a Juris Doctorate. She pursued a full-time legal career after completing her studies, and then returned to Georgetown Law as an adjunct faculty member. She has also been awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from Stetson Law School.
Legal Career and Television Transition
Van Susteren didn’t gain a lot of attention during her law career, but her experience grew over the years, leading her to appear as a legal analyst on CNN, which led to short co-hosting work in the shows “Burden of the Proof” and “The Point”. In 1998, she was invited to become a guest in the Cartoon Network series entitled “Space Ghost Coast to Coast”, and she then moved to Fox News Channel which was covered heavily by the media as a contract-bidding war .
With her move to Fox, she became the host of the current affairs show “On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren”, which featured news stories of the day, and correspondents on location, as well as officials related to the issue. Two years later, she became a public critic of Republican US Senate candidate Dwayne Stovall who was challenging John Cornyn; Dwayne released an advertisement criticizing Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, for which Stovall was labelled by Greta as a jerk.
In 2016, after many years serving with Fox, Greta decided to resign but was not able to say goodbye on-air – her vacant spot on her show was immediately filled by anchor Brit Hume. Prior to leaving the show, she has mentioned that Fox did not feel like home for a few years now. She later revealed that she had to leave immediately to take advantage of a clause in her contract that allowed her immediate resignation.
The following year, she signed with c News, and became the anchor of the show “For the Record with Greta”. It launched at the start of the year, but only lasted for a few months before being cancelled. She mentioned on social media that her show was not doing well in the rankings and that she was out at NBC. She later joined Voice of America as a contributor, and is on the Board of Directors at the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD). The institute was created after the 2011 Tucson shooting which killed six people and wounded many others, including US Representative Gabrielle Giffords.
Personal Life and Social Media
For her personal life, Van Susteren has been married to tort lawyer John P. Coale in 1988. He specializes in tort law which involves cases seeking to obtain a private civil remedy such as damages and the like. It is known that the two are members of Church of Scientology. Greta was previously a co-owner of the restaurant Old Mill Inn located in Mattituck, New York; she sold her interests in the restaurant in 2014. In 2012, she opened a school in Haiti called The Greta Home and Academy, which she founded with Samaritan’s Purse.
— Greta Van Susteren (@greta) December 6, 2018
Similar to numerous television personalities, she is highly active online, particularly on social media. She has an account on the website Twitter where she promotes her book entitled “Everything You Need to Know About Social Media”. She also uses her accounts to promote her advocacies and spread the latest in news around the country. She often covers various types of news from sports, animal welfare, and news reports by the Voice of America. Videos of her are also available on the website YouTube dating from her time with Fox News up to her most recent projects. She continues to be among one of the most active television news personalities when it comes to current affairs, with numerous articles covering her on VOA’s website.