Greta Van Susteren Keynote Speaker
- Host of "The Record" on Newsmax TV
- Named one of the world's 100 most powerful women by Forbes Magazine four times
- Former criminal defense and civil trial lawyer
Greta Van Susteren's Biography
A 28-year cable news veteran, Greta Van Susteren is the host of “The Record with Greta Van Susteren,” a nationwide news show on Newsmax TV. Prior to joining Newsmax, Greta was most recently the host of Gray TV’s nationally syndicated Sunday political affairs program Full Court Press and was the station group’s Chief National Political Analyst.
While working for Gray TV, Greta simultaneously anchored Voice of America’s weekly television program Plugged In which covered foreign policy, US domestic affairs, and broadcasted worldwide in 48 languages.
She is a former anchor at CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC. She spent about 7 years at CNN, hosting two shows, before moving over to Fox News Channel in 2002 where she anchored the prime time show ON THE RECORD for 14 ½ years. ON THE RECORD remained the highest rated cable news program in its prime time slot for the entire 14 ½ years.reta won several awards while at CNN, including American Bar Association’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Journalism and National Headline Award.
Greta’s work has taken her around the world, including North Korea (3 times), Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Liberia, Venezuela, and more. She has interviewed a similarly diverse list of leaders worldwide including seven U.S. presidents, and has covered many natural disasters on location. She has also been on the campaign trail covering Presidential elections going back to 2000 and has thus interviewed the parties’ candidates “on the trail.” Greta has interviewed many prominent American business leaders including Ted Turner (CNN), Mike Bloomberg (Bloomberg), Phil Knight (Nike), Brad Smith (Microsoft) and more. She has testified before Congress (House Foreign Relations Committee) about the Rohingya crisis having traveled to the region 4 times (twice to Myanmar and twice to the refugee camp in Bangladesh.)
Greta was on the Board of Directors at the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and Forbes Magazine named her 6 times as one of the 100 most powerful women in the world. She is the 2016 recipient of the IAC (Israeli American Council) “Honest and Fairness” award.
Before her journalism career, Greta practiced law for 10 years in both trial courts and appellate courts, including US Courts of Appeal and State Supreme Courts. She also played an integral role in the legal analysis and reporting of CNN’s Election 2000 (and post election vote crisis) for which she earned the American Bar Association’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Journalism.
In August 2022, Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy awarded her Ukraine’s Order of Merit, III Degree for a series entitled “Putin’s atrocities: Horror in Ukraine” that ran on “The Record With Greta Van Susteren.” She has also traveled and reported from Ukraine.
She is the recipient of the 2015 Excellence in Media Award from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Greta was awarded both the 2000-2001 Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Medal of Honor from Seton Hall University and the 2001 American Bar Association Presidential Award for “Excellence in Journalism.”
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Greta received a bachelor’s degree with distinction in economics. She earned a Juris Doctor from Georgetown Law in 1979 and a Master of Law from the school in 1982. She was an adjunct professor at Georgetown from 1984-1999 and taught classes in Trial Practice, Advanced Civil Procedure, Evidence, and Media & The Law.
She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, John Coale, and 6 pets.