Glenn Beck is certainly no stranger to American political, social and religious discussion. His views on these key issues have polarized opinions across the country for years. Beck is a political commentator and a radio and television producer. He is best known for his media company The Blaze, where he hosts the Glenn Beck radio program and the Glenn Beck television program.
The conservative thinker is a tough nut to crack and is not easily swayed by opposing opinions, no matter how much they push him. Lee Harris of The Weekly Standard described Glenn in 2010 to his admirers as a prophet and voice of reason and to his detractors as a clown and demagogue. Over the years he has worked with big names such as Fox News, Premiere Radio Networks, The Hollywood Reporter, and others.
Glenn Beck’s Bio
Glenn Lee Beck was born on February 10, 1964, in Everett, Washington, and is of German and English descent thanks to his parents. Beck attended a Jesuit high school and then Sehome High School in Washington, which he graduated from in 1982.
At the young age of 13, Glenn was already working as a presenter for a local AM radio station. During his high school years, he also worked as a DJ for a local FM station in Seattle. After graduating high school, he moved to Utah, where he worked at KAYK radio station for six months before moving to WPCG radio station in Washington D.C. in February 1983.
In the 80s and 90s, Beck bounced around and worked as a DJ for 7 radio stations, including KZFM, KOY-FM, KRBE, WBSB, and WKCI-FM. During this time he was accompanied by controversies of various kinds and was fired by almost all of these stations.
His first real success came with the launch of his radio show of the same name, the Glenn Beck program. It premiered in 2000 and was broadcast on WFLA (AM). The station’s afternoon rankings grew from eighteenth to first place within a year. This is largely due to the program’s coverage of the controversial 2000 presidential elections. The program was taken over by Premiere Radio Networks in January 2002 and subsequently by WPHT and a number of other broadcasters. In May 2008, the show was number 4 in the country with over six million listeners on more than 280 stations.
In the same year, it won the Marconi Radio Award for “Network Syndicated Personality of the Year”. After spending the last half of the 2000s on CNN and Fox News, Glenn launched his own news and entertainment network in September 2011. He initially launched it as a subscription-based Internet TV network. The network exceeded 300,000 subscribers in less than a year and was subsequently operated by Dish Network.
Beck is also an accomplished author. He has written several books in the categories fiction, non-fiction and children’s books. His writings have made it to the top of the New York Times bestseller list in four categories. He has published about 30 works, including An Unlikely Mormon: The Conversion Story by Glenn Beck, It IS About Islam: Revealing the Truth about ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Iran and the Caliphate, and The Immortal Santa Claus.
Family: Parents, Siblings
Beck was born as the son of Mary Clara and William Beck. They lived in Mountlake Terrace, Washington, at the time that Glenn was born. He only had one sibling, an older sister whose name is unknown.
Glenn Beck and his sister were living with their mother in Sumner, Washington when she (his mother) committed suicide in 1979. They then moved back to his father in Bellingham, Washington.
Who is Glenn Beck’s Wife?
Glenn Beck was married twice. His first wife was a woman named Claire. They married in 1983 and had two daughters, Mary and Hannah. They were divorced in 1994. Beck brought his two daughters into the marriage with his second wife, Tania Colonna, in 1999. The couple bore a child, Cheyenne, and adopted another, Raphe.
What Happened to Him?
The tragedy is not a new topic for Glenn Beck. Since his childhood, he’s had enough bitter moments that could kill him, but he continues. Glenn lost his mother and stepbrother in a short period of time by suicide. After the birth of his first daughter Mary, he soon discovered that she suffered from cerebral palsy as a result of a series of strokes she had suffered at birth.
Glenn also suffered from a number of health problems. As a young man, he was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Beck, too, had to struggle with drug and alcohol abuse during his first marriage. This was largely the reason for the dissolution of the marriage. Beck also mentioned that he suffered from macular dystrophy and had been suffering from a severe neurological disorder for five years.
Over the years Beck’s rhetoric has changed again and again. During this time, however, some sources, including The Daily Beast, have reported that the millionaire’s entertainment and news empire has been crumbling for a long time. This claim seemed to have been a gifted authenticity when The Blaze fired a large portion of its staff in 2017.
On June 25, 2018, Beck conducted a remote interview with Brian Stelter of CNN when the moderator asked him about the veracity of The Daily Beast’s article. Glenn responded by removing his microphone and withdrawing from the interview.
What is Glenn Beck’s Religion?
Glenn Beck is a Christian, or more precisely a Mormon. Beck began his search for God and for truth in 1996 when he took a theology course at Yale University, although he withdrew without completing it. His spiritual search also extends to sifting through the works of authors with very different points of view: Alan Dershowitz, Pope John Paul II, Adolf Hitler, Billy Graham, Carl Sagan, and Friedrich Nietzsche.
His introduction to the Mormon worldview was given by his radio partner and friend Pat Gray, who was a supporter of the denomination. Glenn rejected Pat’s religious inclinations but wanted to accept them a few years later. In an interview, he later mentions that his acceptance of Christianity was due to many factors, including a one-on-one interview with legendary American evangelist Billy Graham.
He and his second wife Tania joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in October 1999.