Dagen McDowell is one of the better-known business news anchors on American television who has helped viewers with stock market analysis and broken down the intricacies of the American financial system. The accountant made a name for herself after working as a contributor on the Imus In The Morning radio show. She would then go on to achieve even more fame when she began working as an anchor and analyst on the Fox Business Network and then as a business correspondent on the Fox News Channel.
Outside of TV, McDowell has also worked in print media. She has at some time been on the payroll of SmartMoney magazine and SmartMoney.com and had also written for TheStreet.com.
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Early Life of Dagen McDowell
Dagen, whose full birth name is Mary Dagen McDowell, was born on the 7th of January, 1969 in Campbell County in the U.S. state of Virginia. While there is no available information on the identity of her parents or the exact number of siblings she has, she is known to be of Irish heritage and has a brother who she grew up with.
After completing her high school education, Dagen McDowell enrolled at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where she was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Art History. The reason why, and how she made a transition from Art History to financial journalism is unknown, however, she has since become notable for her work here.
Her Career in the World of Finance
Before her career in financial journalism took off, Dagen McDowell worked different odd jobs such as a dressing room attendant and a beer seller at a golf course. She would later kickoff her career by finding work as a financial journalist at the Institutional Investor’s Newsletter Division.
What followed next for her was working as a writer for SmartMoney magazine and its website, SmartMoney.com. She also wrote a personal finance column titled ‘Dear Dagen’ for the website ‘TheStreet.com,’ through which she was able to break things down a step further about the financial market for readers.
By the mid-2000s, Dagen McDowell had moved to launch a career in both television and radio. In 2003, she joined the ranks of Fox News Network, working with the Fox News Channel as a business representative. She became a regular guest on the news and business talk shows where she discussed the movements of the stock market and the effects of politics and other factors on stock prices.
Some of the shows which Dagen appeared in on Fox include Mornings with Maria which she co-hosts, Markets Now which she hosts, and Your World with Neil Cavuto where she is a regular contributor. She also appears as a weekly panelist on the business analysis program, Cashin’ In, where she has not only exhibited her expertly financial prowess but has also won the show’s Cashin’ In Challenge three times, in the years 2013, 2014, 2015.
Dagen McDowell has since also served as a panelist on Cavuto on Business and hosted the program Bulls and Bears since 2016.
Dagen McDowell’s Popular Moments On Air
Dagen McDowell has had so many popular moments on air but one that is most significant and has generated some controversy is her defense of the Trump family. The television personality has repeatedly defended the Trumps on-air more than any other host on the channel, prompting many to identify her as a pro-Trump supporter. She recently engaged in a heated shouting match with colleague Jessica Tarlov over Trump-related issues.
Tarlov claimed that the U.S. President surrounded himself with criminals and Dagen responded to the statement by saying; “You want people thrown in jail because they like Donald Trump!” A heated argument between the pair carried on for a while before the fight was shut down. Dagen later apologized to her colleague and the two made up on air.
How Rich Is Dagen McDowell?
Since starting off her career in 1996, Dagen McDowell looks to be doing pretty well for herself in regards to her earnings. According to reports, the financial expert is paid an annual salary of $350,000. Add that to whatever she takes home from other gigs on the side as well as whatever investments she may have with her knowledge of the financial world and you can see why she has been reported to have a net worth estimated in the region of $5 million.
What We Know About Her Marriage
Dagen McDowell is currently married to Jonas Max Ferris, an economist and investment advisor who also works for Fox News as an economic analyst. The native of Massachusetts is also a financial adviser at MAXFunds.com and has written articles for the New York Post, FoxNews.com, and Fox Business News.
Jonas and Dagen are said to have first met on the set of the stocks and investment news program, Cashin’ In. In a 2011 interview, Jonas stated that he and his wife were both handpicked to argue with each other on the show about mutual funds. The on-air argument later resulted in an off-air relationship that saw them exchange marital vows in 2005. So far, the couple has not welcomed any child to the world but they do own a Chihuahua which they adopted.
Dagen’s marriage to Jonas, however, is not the first time she walked down the aisle. At the time she met Max, she was married to another man whose identity is not known. Sometime around 2003, she separated from him and then began dating Max.