This article is a biography and education of Sean Hannity, an American journalist, and anchor at FNN News, who hosts the show Hannity on FOX News Channel (FNC).
It also covers his upbringing, early life, radio career, TV career, personal life, relationship with Donald Trump, and views that have caused controversy.
Who Is Sean Hannity?
Sean Hannity is an American journalist and anchor at FNN News. He hosts the show Hannity on FOX News Channel (FNC) every weekday from 9-10 PM/ET.
Hannity began his career at the station in 1996 and has since become the longest-running current primetime host in cable news television history. He is based in New York.
Education Of Sean Hannity
Sean Patrick Hannity is a native of New York City, born on December 30, 1961.
He grew up in Franklin Square, a Long Island suburb, as the youngest and only son of Hugh and Lillian, who were first-generation Irish immigrants.
Both of his parents worked in the justice system, with Lillian serving as a corrections officer and court stenographer while Hugh worked as an officer in New York City’s family court system.
Hannity attended local Catholic schools before pursuing higher education at Adelphi University, New York University, and the University of California-Santa Barbara.
However, he opted not to finish college and instead focused on his childhood fascination with radio as the foundation for his career.
In 1989, Hannity landed his first break while in Santa Barbara. He became an unpaid volunteer host on KCSB, the local college radio station.
Hannity used this opportunity to establish his conservative credentials, but it resulted in a series of controversial events.
During one episode, he expressed anti-LGBT sentiments and blamed the gay community for the AIDS crisis. He also attacked a fellow KCSB host who was gay.
As a result, Hannity was taken off the air.
Sean Hannity received permission to return to his show with the support of local ACLU chapter after a controversy in KCSB.
He then got his first paid radio position at WVNN in Athens, Alabama, in 1990, where he made a name for himself in conservative circles and met his future wife, Jill Rhodes.
From 1992 to 1996, his show aired on Atlanta’s WGST before moving to New York’s WABC in 1997, where it eventually aired during the afternoon drive time slot.
Hannity’s radio program went into national syndication on September 10, 2001, and is estimated to have a weekly audience of 13.5 million listeners by Talkers Magazine, placing him just behind Rush Limbaugh.
Education of Sean Hannity and TV career
In 1996, Fox News Channel hired Hannity as one of their original primetime hosts.
Rupert Murdoch and Roger Ailes created the conservative cable television channel.
They paired Hannity with more liberal co-host, Alan Colmes, for their 9 p.m. program titled “Hannity & Colmes”.
The show ran for 13 years until January 2009, when Colmes left. Despite the differing political views of the hosts, the program was a ratings success.
It spent over 60 consecutive months as the top program in its time slot and averaged 3.3 million nightly viewers before Colmes’ departure.
Education Of Sean Hannity, Marriage and Children
In 1993, he married Jill Rhodes. Unfortunately, their marriage ended in divorce in June 2020.
Currently, he is dating his colleague Ainsley Earhardt, who hosts a program called Fox and Friends.
He has two wonderful children with his ex-wife: Patric, a son, and Merri, a daughter. Both graduated from Cold Spring Harbor High School.
Patric attended Wake Forest University, while Merri went to the University of Michigan.
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Hannity Relationship With Donald Trump
Hannity supported Trump’s 2016 bid for the presidency and was an early and vocal advocate.
Trump made several appearances on his show, especially after a notorious clash with Kelly during a Republican primary debate.
In 2009, Hannity played a similar role by providing a platform to the Tea Party movement, becoming one of the first cable news hosts to do so.
Hannity became a frequent guest on Trump’s campaign, and is credited with boosting the Republican base’s support for Trump following several campaign upheavals.
These included personal attacks on critics, accusations of sexual harassment by women, and the release of a tape in which Trump made disparaging remarks about women.
Following Trump’s election, Hannity continued to advise the President and they reportedly spoke multiple times weekly.
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In 2018, Hannity participated in the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
He publicly criticized Robert Mueller’s probe and condemned the raid on Michael Cohen’s office.
Later, it was revealed that Hannity was one of Cohen’s legal clients, which drew significant attention from the media.
Although he denied having a formal legal relationship with Cohen, many criticized Hannity for not being transparent enough about their connection.
Views and Controversies
Sean Hannity, a controversial figure in the media industry, has faced criticism for his views on immigration, climate change, and Islam.
He supported Donald Trump’s claim about Barack Obama’s birthplace and promoted the idea of “death panels” under Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
He was also an early critic of Bill and Hillary Clinton and gave time to unsubstantiated theories surrounding Hillary’s mental and physical health.
In 2017, Hannity faced two significant controversies, one involving the promotion of a conspiracy theory surrounding the death of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, and another involving his support for Roy Moore despite allegations of sexual harassment and assault against him.
Both incidents led to advertisers pulling out of his programs, followed by counter-protests by his viewers who launched boycotts against the advertising companies and their products.
Sean Hannity is a journalist and anchor at FNN News. He grew up in Franklin Square, Long Island, as the youngest child of Irish immigrants.
He attended Adelphi University, New York University, and the University of California-Santa Barbara but did not finish college.
Hannity started his radio career in 1989 as an unpaid volunteer host on KCSB and later got his first paid position at WVNN in 1990. In 1996, he joined Fox News Channel as one of their original primetime hosts for “Hannity & Colmes.”
Hannity advocated for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and faced criticism for his views on various topics, including immigration, climate change, Islam, conspiracy theories, and unsubstantiated claims.