Chris Stirewalt describes himself as a simple country pundit. While he may be rather modest in his self-description, Stirewalt is a political commentator and journalist not to be taken lightly. Well known for his accurate predictions and analysis on several Fox News programs, Chris Stirewalt has become a household when it comes to political commentary. Beyond that, Stirewalt is also a public speaker that doesn’t shy away from giving his candid opinions on various issues. He is currently represented by Leading Authorities Speakers Bureau.
Highlights of Chris Stirewalt’s Career
Chris Stirewalt began his career as a journalist in Wheeling, West Virginia when he was 17 years old. At the time, he wrote basketball box scores for the local newspaper, the Wheeling Intelligencer. After graduating from Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia in 1997, Stirewalt joined Charleston Daily Mail as a political editor in 1998. He worked with the newspaper for six years before moving on to West Virginia Media, where he worked as a political editor for three years.
He racked up more experience as a political editor while working with the weekly magazine, The Washington Examiner, in 2007. Stirewalt wrote a twice-weekly column for the magazine and led its political news coverage. He stayed with the magazine for three years before joining the Fox News family in 2010. At FOX, his popularity reached new heights, thanks to his appearances on high profile shows on the network.
He served as a co-host on popular shows like The Kelly File, and Perino & Stirewalt: I’ll Tell You What. I’ll Tell You What started as a podcast but became so popular that it was converted into a TV program on September 18, 2016. The podcast was originally developed during the presidential primaries and debate season, with the host discussing candidate performances, as well as strategies.
How Chris Stirewalt Rose to Prominence
With his capacity for creativity growing, Chris Stirewalt began to receive other co-hosting roles at Fox News Network. He makes frequent appearances on multiple programs, including America’s Newsroom, Special Report with Bret Baier, Outnumbered, and Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace. Not only that, but Stirewalt is also part of the Fox News Decision Desk team, where he has covered election night races over four electoral cycles.
On the shows listed above, Stirewalt serves as the channel’s political analyst, giving his expert political analysis of the state, congressional, and presidential elections. He is also the host of the feature video series Power Play on FoxNews.com. Stirewalt’s exposure on Fox has made him a famous television host. His newsletter, Fox News Halftime Report, has got over 200k subscribers. Currently based in Washington, D.C., Chris serves as FNC’s digital political editor; he is also the network’s main analyst of polls and voting trends.
Aside from his stints as a television and podcast host, the political journalist is also an author. His book, Every Man a King: A Short, Colorful History of American Populists, was published in September 2018. Published by Twelve Books, the book is a collection of stories of America’s populist leaders (like Theodore Roosevelt, Andrew Jackson, and George Wallace). Upon release, the book garnered positive reviews, and Stirewalt took to his Twitter page to promote the book.
Here Are Some of His Most Popular Political Views
Chris Stirewalt has come under fire several times for his candid opinions shared on air. With the nature of his job, it’s no surprise that he has faced a bit of controversy. He has received the most criticism for his support of President Donald Trump. During the early days of Trump’s tenure, Stirewalt made several pro-Trump comments that received backlash. He was pegged as someone who chose to turn a blind eye over several issues and scandals President Trump constantly faced over his speeches and presidential decisions.
His tune did change a bit though. In August 2019, Chris Stirewalt admitted on air that President Trump was exploiting racial animus for his political advantage, particularly referring to the mass shootings that occurred in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, and Ohio in the same month. In June 2019, Stirewalt predicted that, should an election be held that month, presidential candidate Joe Biden would win by a landslide against incumbent Donald Trump. He did point out that the Republicans had more money to spare than the Democrats, and would easily use it to overshadow whatever the Democrats conjured up.
Even though Fox News has predominantly defended President Trump during his scandals, the president has criticized the channel in later months for its portrayal. He has also criticized its program’s hosts for their comments and polls that put him in a bad light. Reacting to an October 2019 poll, the president ripped the polling team (which includes Chris Stirewalt) after the results showed that over 50% of Americans wanted him to be impeached. He has also criticized the channel for not being like it used to be.
Amazing Facts About His Family
The political analyst was born on November 17, 1975, and he is a native of Wheeling, West Virginia. While information about his parents is scarce to come by, it is known that they are also natives of West Virginia. Chris Stirewalt once shared a bit of detail about his mother, an Irishwoman named Joan Marie McCarthy. He tweeted a picture of her in 2015, in which he gave her name and her origin. Since then, he hasn’t given any other details about his parents or if he has any siblings.
Thinking of my late mother, née Joan Marie McCarthy on this day. A formidable Irishwoman if ever there was one! pic.twitter.com/XP7g2T3MKi
— Chris Stirewalt (@ChrisStirewalt) March 17, 2015
Though they are not related, he does refer to American author, columnist, and political analyst Kirsten Powers as his sister. Chris Stirewalt is also a single man without kids, and even though he was once rumored to be dating co-host Dana Perino, the rumors have since been debunked by both parties. Meanwhile, Dana Perino has been married to a businessman named Peter McMahon since 1998.