Maury Povich - Host of his own TV talk show. Father is Shirley Povich, famous Washington Post sportswriter often erroneously identified as a woman. We have recently confirmed, through older magazine sources, that Connie Chung did indeed convert to Judaism following her marriage to Maury.
Michael Jackson - Well known talk show host who has been nationally syndicated. Best known and very popular in Los Angeles. Conducts a dignified and informative program. Born in South Africa, he lived in Europe before immigrating to America. His wife of many years in Alana Ladd, the daughter of famous actor Alan Ladd. Her mother was Jewish.
Mike Siegel - Nationally broadcast talk show host. He took over from talk show host Art Bell and runs a similar show. It is the place for discussions of space aliens, conspiracies, and all manner of the "para-normal". In 1996, Siegel was fired for repeatedly broadcasting a false and fairly ugly rumor about the personal life of Seattle Mayor Norm Rice. The rumor, began by a fired employee, was previously investigated by the mainstream press and found false. But Siegels broadcast of it became the story. Obviously, this firing has not hurt Siegels career.
Ricki Lake - Former heavy-set actress turned talk show host. Well, we thought we saw Ricki was Jewish. Then we saw a piece that indicated otherwise. Now the National Enquirer, not an unimpeachable source, but probably accurate in this instance (since events are playing out in the public) says Ricki is Jewish. Her parents joined a Christian evangelist group and she and her parents are estranged--because Ricki is still Jewish and they are not. Her parents are on TV asking viewers to pray for Ricki. Maybe she and her parents can appear on Jerry, Sally, etc. and work it out.
Ruth Westheimer - Dr. Ruth the original sex advice columnist on the radio and television. Her doctorate is in education, by the way. A refugee, most of her family was killed in the Holocaust. Before emigrating to the US, she served in the "Palmach", the Israeli pre-Independence defense force. (Cross listed under other entertainers)
Scott Cohn - Cohn joined CNBC as part of the original team of New York based correspondents at the networks launch in 1989. The following year, he returned to his hometown of Chicago to open the CNBC bureau there as chief Midwest correspondent. In 1995, he was named national correspondent. He returned to CNBCs NY area headquarters in 1999.
Ted Koppel - Long-term host of "Nightline" on ABC. Family fled Germany in 1936 and settled in Britain where Koppel was born and remained until he was 13. Speaks fluent German. We should note that a number of visitors have told us that they thought they heard he had converted to Catholicism. But we have not been able to track this back to a print source. UPDATE: Koppel never converted to Christianity, rumors to the contrary. He is, in fact, a member of a Washington, D.C. area synagogue.
Started as the co-star of the "Today" show. First female network news anchor. Pioneer of soft-ball question celebrity specials. Her father, Lou Walters, owned the famous Latin Quarter nightclub in New York City. A visitor recently questioned whether Ms. Walters was Jewish. Adding that Walters spoke a few Yiddish words on "The View" television program and it came out pretty awful. This made the visitor think Barbara would be happier talking Laotian. This comment made us laugh. But, Yiddish fluency aside, Walters is Jewish and even keeps on marrying Jewish men (three to date).
Radio talk show host in the NY area. Born and raised in N. Carolina. Correction: His show is syndicated nationwide. A moderate conservative. His trademark is speaking a lot of languages. He lost a close race congressional race to Bella Abzug. He startled Chinese-American voters by campaigning in Cantonese.
Radio talk show host in the New York area for many years.
Host of "Politically Incorrect". His father is Irish Catholic and his mother is Jewish. He was raised Catholic. Maher says he feels more "Jewish" than "Irish"--whatever that means. Perhaps James Joyce can explain it.
Actor who had a talk show for several years on CNBC.
Television producer who had an interesting talk show in NYC in the 60s and 70s. Intelligently covered topics few others did.
Talk show host. Orthodox Jew.
Radio Talk Show Host and ex Mayor of New York City
Host of his own cable talk show. Former correspondent for "20/20". Father, non-Jewish Puerto Rican. Mother, Jewish. Geraldo had a bar mitzvah, which he says was a bit odd. (It was a very modest affair and the juxtaposition of the two families was pretty funny). Rivera is also a lawyer, but has not practiced since he went into journalism over twenty-five years ago. He is making serious noises about running for mayor of New York City in 2001. A fun fact is that one of his many ex-father-in-laws is famous novelist Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (who is not Jewish). Vonnegut does not have anything much nice to say about Geraldo. We gather that Geraldo was quite a "rake" in his youth.
Mexicos equivalent of Dan Rather