George Stephanopoulos

George Stephanopoulos

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George Stephanopoulos is an American television host, liberal political commentator, as well as former Democratic advisor. Likewise, George Stephanopoulos is currently a chief anchor and political correspondent on ABC News.

George Stephanopoulos tested positive for COVID-19 diagnosis weeks after his wife Ali Wentworth

“Good Morning America” anchor George Stephanopoulos has been working from home for the past several weeks. He has tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus. He announced his diagnosis Monday on “GMA,” almost two weeks after his wife, actress and bestselling author Ali Wentworth. She tested positive for COVID-19.

Likewise, he along with two daughters with Wentworth has been his wife’s caregiver throughout her battle with COVID-19. Their caregiver self-isolated in a room in the family’s New York home at the start of her symptoms. In order to try to avoid spreading the virus. After his wife’s suffering through COVID-19, he said it was “no surprise” being tested positive for COVID-19, And he revealed that, unlike Wentworth, he has been asymptomatic. He announced it on April 13, 2020.

According to Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC News chief medical correspondent, researchers are even still learning more about why the virus strikes some people more seriously than others, as was the case with him and Wentworth. Ashton even added “In terms of the symptoms, it’s important for people to understand that when we say about 80% of the cases are mild, that doesn’t mean pleasant,”

Ashton noted at the time of Wentworth’s diagnosis that he and his family were practicing the “home version of social distancing” that needs to be done when a person in the family tests positive for COVID-19.

Early life and Childhood

George Stephanopoulos is 59 years old. He was born on February 10, 1961, in Fall River, Massachusetts. His mother’s name is  Nickolitsa “Nikki” Gloria and his father’s name is Robert George Stephanopoulos. Likewise, his father is a Greek Orthodox priest and minister emeritus of the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New York City. Similarly, his mother was the director of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America National News Service for several years. In his youth, he also became a follower of the Greek Orthodox faith, and long acknowledged entering the priesthood.

He belongs to American nationality and his parents are of Greek descent.

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Caption: George Stephanopoulos on his childhood photo (Source: Daily mail )

Education

Moving toward Stephanopoulos’s educational background, he moved to the eastern suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio, where he attended Orange High School in Pepper Pike. When he resided at Orange, he wrestled competitively.

In 1982, he earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science summa cum laude from Columbia University in New York. He also ranked second highest in his class. While at Columbia, he got elected to Phi Beta Kappa in his junior year and even awarded a Harry S. Truman Scholarship. He also was a sports broadcaster for WKCR-FM, the university’s radio station.

As his father wanted his son to become either a lawyer or a priest. Promising his father, he attended law school eventually, and took a job in Washington, D.C., as an aide to Democratic Congressman Ed Feighan of Ohio. Moreover, he became Feighan’s chief of staff.

Furthermore, he attended Balliol College at the University of Oxford in England, as a Rhodes Scholar, receiving a Master of Arts in Theology in 1984. He asserts that he spent much of his time attempting to root his political leanings in the deeper conceptions that he studied while in college.

Professional life

Politics

After graduating, Stephanopoulos moved to Washington, D.C. Then, he started his career in politics as an aide to Ohio Democratic Congressman Ed Feighan. Ultimately he worked as his chief of staff. Unfortunately, it did not turn out well.

Back working on the failed presidential campaign of Michael Dukakis in 1988, he joined the staff of former House majority leader Dick Gephardt. Likewise, he served as a deputy manager of Clinton’s presidential campaign in 1992. And after Clinton’s inauguration in 1993, he became one of the new president’s most important advisers, a position he held until his resignation in 1996.

Journalism

In 1997, he shifted his career toward broadcasting. He first joined ABC as a political analyst for This Week (formerly hosted by Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts). In 1999 Stephanopoulos issued a New York Times best-selling book, All Too Human: A Political Education, an account of the 1992 and 1996 Clinton campaigns and of Clinton’s first term in office. Soon he started appearing as a regular correspondent on various ABC news programs, including Good Morning America and World News Tonight.

In 2002 Stephanopoulos became the anchor of This Week, which converted into This Week with George Stephanopoulos. Then three years later ABC named him its chief Washington correspondent. On April 16, 2008, he co-managed, with Charles Gibson, the twenty-first, and ultimately final, Democratic Party presidential deliberation between Illinois Senator Barack Obama and New York Senator Hillary Clinton for the 2008 election cycle.

In 2009 he also became a co-anchor of Good Morning America. In the following year, Christiane Amanpour replaced him as host of This Week, but he again returned to the position in early 2012. On January 7, 2012, he was the co-moderator of debate among Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, and Rick Santorum.

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Caption: George Stephanopoulos captured on his Television show on ABC (Source: Politico )

2014–present: ABC News chief anchor

After Diane Sawyer’s departure from World News at the end of August 2014, he got the opportunity to become the Chief Anchor at ABC News while retaining his current roles on GMA and This Week. He is now the lead anchor for coverage of breaking news and major special events.

In 2017-2018 ratings for This Week came to 3rd place after opponents Meet The Press and Face The Nation, in all rating metrics of the audience. The program completed ahead of only “Fox News Sunday.”

Online and Speaking engagements

During the 2008 presidential election campaign, he launched a blog George’s Bottom Line on the ABC News website. He blogged about political news and commentary from Washington. In October 2008, he started uploading updates to Twitter, a social-networking website. He even launched a public profile page on Facebook.

In 2009, he talked at the annual Tri-C Presidential Scholarship Luncheon held at the Renaissance Cleveland Hotel and praised Cuyahoga Community College.

Honors

In May 2007, he received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from St. John’s University in New York City.

Net worth

Speaking on Stephanopoulos’s earning, he is an American politician and television correspondent. He has earned a decent sum of money through his work. Therefore, he has an estimated net worth of around $40 million dollars. A former aide to President Clinton, he earns $15 million annually as the co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America.” And also as a general anchor at the network’s “ABC World News Tonight.” He has earned most of his income through a contribution to ABC.

Personal life

Reflecting on Stephanopoulos’s personal life, he is a married man. He married Alexandra Wentworth in 2001 at the Archdiocesan Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on New York’s Upper East Side. She is an actress, comedian, as well as a writer. The duo has welcomed two daughters: Elliott Anastasia Stephanopoulos and Harper Andrea Stephanopoulos. Likewise, he along with the family lives in Manhattan.

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Caption: George Stephanopoulos along with his wife attending an event (Source: Hollywood Reporter)

Scandals

As of now, Stephanopoulos is controversy-free and is living a good lifestyle. But he has previously been through several controversial kinds of stuff.

Regarding the controversy, he donated $25,000 in 2012, 2013, and 2014, a total of $75,000, to the Clinton Foundation. But he did not disclose the donations to ABC News, his employer, or to his viewers. He failed to reveal the donations even on April 26, 2015, while interrogating Peter Schweizer, the author of Clinton Cash, a book which claims that donations to the Foundation influenced some of Hillary Clinton’s accomplishments as Secretary of State.

on May 14, 2015, he apologized and admitted he should have disclosed the donations to ABC News and its viewers after exposure to the donations by Politico.

Based on his donations to The Clinton Foundation charity and his behavior during previous interviews and presidential debates, Republican party leaders and candidates expressed their distrust. Even called for him to be forbidden from moderating 2016 Presidential debates, due to bias and conflict of interest. He even dropped out as a moderator of the scheduled February 2016 Republican Presidential primary debate.

In the month prior to his revelation, he told Jon Stewart on The Daily Show that when money is provided to the Clinton Foundation “everybody” knows there’s “a hope that that’s going to lead to something, and that’s what you have to be careful of.”

Body measurements and Social media

Stephanopoulos has a good height of 5 feet 4 inches tall. However, there is no other information regarding his weight and body statics. He has brown eyes color and also wears specs. His hair is black in color.

Likewise, Stephanopoulos has social media accounts on different platforms like Twitter, Instagram, etc. He has gained more than 2.4 million followers on Twitter, and over 65k followers on his Instagram account.