Tomi Lahren

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Tomi Lahren
Tomi Lahren by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Lahren in 2016
Born (1992-08-11) August 11, 1992 (age 27)
Rapid City, South Dakota, United States
Residence Dallas, Texas, United States
Alma mater University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Occupation Television host, political commentator
Employer TheBlaze

Tomi Lahren (born August 11, 1992) is an American television and online video host and a conservative[1] political commentator. She currently hosts Tomi for TheBlaze.[2] She was previously the host of On Point with Tomi Lahren on One America News Network (OAN).[3][4] In late 2016 The New York Times described Lahren as a "rising media star"[1] and BBC News called her "the young Republican who is bigger than Trump on Facebook."[5]

Early life

Lahren was born on August 11, 1992.[6] She grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota, in a military family, and attended Central High School.[7][8] She is of Norwegian and German heritage.[9] She graduated from UNLV in 2014 and moved to San Diego shortly thereafter. Lahren also hosted and was an associate producer for the political roundtable show, The Scramble for her university's television program.[10] She also interned for Republican congresswoman Kristi Noem, serving as the first intern for Noem's Rapid City office.

Career

Hoping to find an internship in political commentary, Lahren applied to One America News Network, obtained an interview, and was instead offered the opportunity to host her own show. She moved to San Diego, California and began working for OAN. On Point with Tomi Lahren debuted in August 2014.[3][7][11]

In July 2015, a video of her commentary concerning the 2015 Chattanooga shootings became a widely distributed video and garnered international press.[12] Prior to this event, Lahren caused a smaller wave of press attention in March 2015 when she appeared at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, and deflected the stereotype of Republicans as "old, rich, white males" by comparing them to the top Democratic presidential candidates as "Hillary, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden. Old, rich, white, and if the pantsuit fits ... male too?"[13]

On August 19, 2015, Lahren announced that she had completed her last show with OAN. She moved to Texas, and began a new show with TheBlaze in November 2015.[14]

On November 30, 2016, Lahren appeared on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah for a 26-minute interview segment that went viral the following day. Many critics compared her appearance with former host Jon Stewart's friendly rivalry with Bill O'Reilly.[15][16][17]

On December 7, 2016, Lahren appeared on The O'Reilly Factor and at least one source suggested that she was being vetted by Fox News as a replacement for Megyn Kelly.[18]

Personal views

In July 2016, Lahren issued a tweet comparing the Black Lives Matter movement to the Ku Klux Klan. As a result, tens of thousands of people signed a Change.org petition asking for her to be fired from TheBlaze.[19]

In November 2016, Lahren released a video on the protests against Donald Trump where she commented that "a bunch of sore losers gathered together isn't a protest, it's a tantrum."[20]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Bromwich, Jonah Engel (December 4, 2016). "Tomi Lahren: Young, Vocal and the Right's Rising Media Star". The New York Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "The Latest Big-Time Addition to TheBlaze TV Lineup Makes Her Debut — and She's Got a Message for Hillary | Video". TheBlaze.com. Retrieved October 16, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Tomi Lahren on Twitter". Retrieved December 7, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Wendling, Mike (November 30, 2016). "Tomi Lahren: the young Republican who's bigger than Trump on Facebook". Retrieved December 7, 2016 – via www.bbc.com.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Wendling, Mike. "Tomi Lahren: the young Republican who's bigger than Trump on Facebook". BBC News.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Tomi Lahren tweet on her 22nd birthday, twitter.com
  7. 7.0 7.1 Hammond, Christy (September 21, 2014). Rapid City woman anchors political talk show at 22, Rapid City Journal
  8. Soderlin, Barbara (May 7, 2010). Teens gear up for first job hunt, Rapid City Journal
  9. "Tomi Lahren: the young Republican who's bigger than Trump on Facebook". BBC. November 29, 2016. Retrieved November 29, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. The Scramble - Episode 315, UNLV Journalism and Media Studies, youtube channel
  11. Beattie, James (July 20, 2015). Watch: News Anchor Gets Fed Up With Obama, Says What Everyone's Thinking In EPIC Rant, Western Journalism Center
  12. Conley, Cole (July 21, 2015). TV host Tomi Lahren slams Obama's Middle East policy, USA Today
  13. Roller, Emma (March 17, 2015). How One TV Channel Is Positioning Itself to Be the Next Fox News, National Journal
  14. "Tomi Lahren". The Blaze. November 8, 2015. Retrieved November 19, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. Deerwester, Jayme (December 1, 2016). "After that 'Daily Show' interview, is Tomi Lahren Trevor Noah's Bill O'Reilly?". USA Today. Retrieved December 1, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. Bradley, Laura (December 1, 2016). "The Daily Show Just Got One Step Closer to Reviving the Spirit of Jon Stewart". Vanity Fair. Retrieved December 1, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. O'Neal, Sean (December 1, 2016). "Trevor Noah has his best interview yet with living Facebook screed Tomi Lahren". The A.V. Club. Retrieved December 1, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. Sundance (December 11, 2016). "Fox News Begins "All About Eve" Exploration For Megyn Kelly Replacement…". The Conservative Tree House. Retrieved December 11, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. Tulp, Sophia (July 13, 2016). "Over 56,000 people want Tomi Lahren fired from The Blaze after KKK tweet". USA Today. Retrieved December 7, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. Tomi Lahrer (November 10, 2016). "Tomi Lahren - Tantrums against Trump - Final Thoughts". The Blaze. Retrieved December 11, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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