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Melanie Morgan
Born December 8, 1956 (1956-12-08) (age 53)
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Occupation author, columnist, political commentator, radio show host
Spouse(s) Jack Swanson
Website
www.MelanieMorgan.com/

Melanie Morgan (born 1956 in Kansas City, Missouri) is an American radio personality. She was formerly a host at KSFO (560 kHz AM) in San Francisco where her husband, Jack Swanson, was the General Manager[1]. She was recently laid off due to budget cutbacks and declining ad revenue.[2] She has also previously worked as a reporter for KGO-TV in San Francisco. She is the Chairman of Move America Forward, a conservative advocacy group that supports the ongoing engagement of the U.S. armed forces in the War on Terrorism and the continuing operation of the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. She is known for her defense of the Bush Administration and criticism of American liberals.[1]

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Personal life

Melanie Morgan attended the Lindenwood University.

Her addiction to gambling was the subject of the TV-movie High Stakes: The Melanie Morgan Story.[3] In 2006, she told the San Francisco Chronicle that she had not placed a bet in 13 years, and has served as president of the California Council on Problem Gambling.[1]

Morgan is married to Jack Swanson, a senior manager at KSFO. They live in Marin County, north of San Francisco, and have several children.[4]

Morgan serves on the boards of a number of other nonprofit organizations, including the Bruin Alumni Association.

On February 15, 2010 she revealed she had been diagnosed with thyroid cancer but the cancer has not spread.[5]

Professional career

Morgan began her career reporting on the 1983 Beirut Marine Barracks Bombing, Lebanon, where 241 Marines lost their lives. While she focuses on San Francisco Bay Area regional issues, she has covered events in China, Mexico and Iraq.[1]

In 2006, Morgan's report on U.S. soldiers serving in Iraq: "Voices of Soldiers" earned was recognized by the Associated Press Mark Twain Awards for Best Special Program.[6]

In October 2006, Morgan and reporter Catherine Moy published American Mourning,[7] which criticized anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, and her reaction to her son's death. The book contains allegations from Sheehan's sister-in-law that Sheehan engaged in sexual misbehavior,[8] and contrasts her behavior with the Johnson family, who also lost a son in the war. The book suggests that Johnson family reacted appropriately by supporting the war.

Melanie Morgan co-hosted a highly-rated Morning Show with Lee Rodgers and traffic reporter "Officer Vic" on San Francisco Bay Area radio station KSFO. [1] Her tenure on the KSFO morning show ended in March 2008 when the station "decided not to renew her contract as part of the company’s announced across-the-board financial cost cutting".[9][10]

Talk Radio Network tapped Morgan to be the host of the network's new morning show, America's Morning News. It debuted June 15, 2009, co-hosted by John McCaslin and managed by the Washington Times, who contributes reporters to the program.[11] Morgan left the show January 5, 2010, citing health issues.

Political activism

Morgan and Michelle Malkin organized a pro-troop "webathon"[12] on June 26, 2008 that coincided with the delivery of the largest mount of gift packages ever given to U.S. soldiers in Iraq. [13] [14] Conservative talk-show talent Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Mark Levin participated. MAF members raised an aggregate of $1.055 million in gifts for U.S. soldiers and Iraqi children.

She is currently Chair of Move America Forward (MAF), a nonprofit conservative, political advocacy group promoting a conservative agenda as well as providing gifts to U.S. soldiers in Iraq. Move America Forward supports U.S. involvement in Iraq, has protested against Code Pink and Michael Moore's film Fahrenheit 911[15] and organized counter-demonstrations at the Berkeley, California USMC recruiting station when picketed by opponents of the war in Iraq. [16] She was honored by Move America Forward (MAF) members on May 10, 2008. [17]

Move America Forward distributing Christmas cards to redeploying troops in Kuwait, December, 2007

As the chairman of Move America Forward, Morgan lead a 40-city campaign Heroes for the Holidays Tour to "rally support for the troops and their mission." During her last trip to the Middle East, Melanie Morgan and one of the Gold Star Mothers, Debbie Lee, brought over 100,000 Christmas cards to troops throughout the area of operations.[18]

Controversial statements and criticism

After The New York Times published a story regarding U.S. government tracking of terrorist funding, Morgan said that editor Bill Keller should be tried for treason and "If he were to be tried and convicted of treason, yes, I would have no problem with him being sent to the gas chamber."[19]

Melanie Morgan's comments about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have drawn criticism from media watchdogs and liberal bloggers. Morgan commented "We've got a bull's-eye painted on her big, wide laughing eyes."[20][21][22][23] Morgan said the statement was a political metaphor that had been distorted by critics in order to appear violent.[24]

MSNBC talk show host Keith Olbermann twice named Morgan "Worst Radio Host in America". [25]

The News Hour with Jim Lehrer

On May 9, 2007, Morgan appeared with VoteVets.org co-founder and chairman Jon Soltz on The News Hour with Jim Lehrer.[21] Morgan accused the veteran of "political games" and undermining the U.S. troops serving in Iraq. Executive Producer Linda Winslow responded to complaints by saying, "Since neither guest was in the studio with Judy Woodruff, there wasn't much she could do to prevent them from interrupting one another, short of saying — as she did at least three times — 'please let him/her finish his/her point'. The NewsHour style is to ask pointed questions politely; we expect our guests to subscribe to the same rules. Since the program is produced live, we can't do much to eliminate rude guests from your television screen once the segment has begun; what we can do is guarantee you will never see Morgan on our program again."[26][27] Morgan subsequently blamed Media Matters for America for her persona non grata status, accusing the organization of "call(ing) their people and ask(ing) them to call PBS." [28]

George Soros

On February 8, 2007, while Morgan and her KSFO co-host Lee Rodgers were discussing philanthropist and political activist George Soros, the two stated that in 1944, Soros "hid the fact that he's a Jew" and "apparently very cheerfully and willingly, went to work for the Nazis" and "ran around Hungary with Nazi officials, serving eviction notices to people who were going to be shipped out on the death trains."[29] This statement prompted the following on-air retraction and apology from KSFO Program Director Ken Berry: "During our February 8 broadcast, the hosts of this program mistakenly stated that financier George Soros 'cheerfully' and 'willingly' went to work for the Nazis after his native Hungary was occupied during World War II, when Mr. Soros was 13 years old. The hosts also mistakenly stated that Mr. Soros 'ran around Hungary with Nazi officials, serving eviction notices to people who were going to be shipped out on the death trains,' and that he did so 'to further his own career.' These statements are not accurate, and KSFO regrets that they were broadcast."[29]

References

  1. ^ a b c d e Garofoli, Joe (2006-10-08). "Fanning the Flames". San Francisco Chronicle. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/10/08/CMGDBL4VPH1.DTL. Retrieved 2007-01-11. 
  2. ^ "Conservative talk radio on the wane in California". Los Angeles Times. 2009-03-15. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-talkradio15-2009mar15,0,39114.story. Retrieved 2009-03-15. 
  3. ^ "High Stakes (1997) (TV)". Internet Movie Database. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0119290/. Retrieved 2007-04-04. 
  4. ^ American Thinker: Our Ferocious Home-Front Warrior: Melanie Morgan
  5. ^ "I Ain't Dead Yet Says The Cowgirl". melaniemorgan.com. http://www.melaniemorgan.com/latest/1753-l-aint-dead-yet-says-the-cowgirl.html. Retrieved 2010-02-16. 
  6. ^ "Associated Press Television and Radio Association". http://www.aptra.com/news/radiowinners06.asp. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  7. ^ Catherine Moy, Melanie Morgan (October 2006). American Mourning: The Intimate Story of Two Families Joined by War, Torn by Beliefs. WND Books. ISBN 1581825404. 
  8. ^ ""Hannity and Melanie Morgan cited "double standard" in media's attention on Foley while ignoring Cindy Sheehan's alleged participation in porn chat rooms"". Media Matters for America. http://mediamatters.org/items/200610180008. 
  9. ^ [1] ""Melanie Morgan canned from KSFO
  10. ^ abc7news.com: KSFO morning radio host Melanie Morgan fired 3/03/08
  11. ^ TRN press release. Accessed 2009-05-28.
  12. ^ A portmanteau of "World Wide Web" and "marathon. See also, telethon.
  13. ^ Melanie Morgan - Home
  14. ^ Move America Forward
  15. ^ "Move America Forward". http://www.moveamericaforward.org. Retrieved 2007-04-04. 
  16. ^ Melanie Morgan | Thunder Strike in Berkeley: Victory Achieved! | Berkeley, Their, Thank, Council, Groups
  17. ^ Melanie Morgan | A Salute to Melanie Morgan | His, Mike, Ksfo, Photo, Very
  18. ^ "Vice President Signs 100,000th Christmas Card For U.S. Troops". 2007-12-14. http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/12-14-2007/0004723047&EDATE=. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  19. ^ Garofoli, Joe (2006-06-29). "New chapter in battle of words over tracking terrorist financing". San Francisco Chronicle. http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2006/06/29/MNGICJM9B21.DTL. Retrieved 2007-04-04. 
  20. ^ [2]. "Right-wing radio host Melanie Morgan: "We've got a bull's-eye painted on [Pelosi's] big, wide laughing eyes". Media Matters for America. November 16, 2006.
  21. ^ a b The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Grassroots Groups Seek to Influence Iraq Policy, May 8, 2007. Retrieved June 9, 2007.
  22. ^ Noam Cohen, "Bloggers Take On Talk Radio Hosts", New York Times, January 15, 2007
  23. ^ Martin Kasindorf, "Media outlets battle it out over free-speech rights", USA Today, January 24, 2007
  24. ^ Cohen, Noam (2008-01-15). "Bloggers Take on Talk Radio Hosts". The New York Times. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/15/technology/15radio.html. Retrieved 2008-07-08. 
  25. ^ [3] 'Worst': Radio host Melanie Morgan. MSNBC March 1, 2007.
  26. ^ Poynter Institute, Right-wing talker Morgan isn't welcome back on "NewsHour", May 17, 2007. Retrieved June 9, 2007.
  27. ^ Michael Getler, PBS, The Ombudsman Column: Ombudsman's Mailbag, May 17, 2007. Retrieved June 9, 2007.
  28. ^ Media Matters - On Fox, Morgan blamed Media Matters for apparent PBS ban
  29. ^ a b J.M. (2007-02-27). "KSFO program director retracts Soros Nazi smear: 'These statements are not accurate, and KSFO regrets that they were broadcast'". Media Matters for America. http://mediamatters.org/items/200702270014. Retrieved 2007-04-04. 

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