Jedediah Bila

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Jedediah Bila
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Born
A. Jedediah Louisa Bila[1][2]

(1979-01-29) January 29, 1979 (age 40)
Brooklyn, New York, United States
Alma materB.A., Wagner College
M.A., Columbia University
OccupationAuthor, television personality
Political partyIndependent[3]
Spouse(s)
Jeremy Scher (m. 2018)
Websitejedediahbila.com

A. Jedediah Louisa Bila (born January 29, 1979) is an American television host, author, and columnist. In April 2019 she was named a permanent co-host of the weekend edition of Fox and Friends. [4]

She has been a featured columnist for a variety of online publications, including FoxNews.com, Verily, Human Events, The Daily Caller, and Townhall.[5]

Background[edit]

Bila was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up on Staten Island.[6][7] From a young age, she was exposed to political discourse amongst her family, who encouraged her to form her own opinions and debate the issues.[8] Bila is of Lebanese, Italian and Chilean descent.[9]

In 2000, Bila graduated as valedictorian from Wagner College, with a B.A. in Spanish. She subsequently earned an M.A. in Spanish literature from Columbia University.[7] Post graduation, Bila toyed with the idea of becoming an actress, as her mother ran a performing arts studio. However, she ultimately decided to teach and in 2005, she began teaching in New York.[8] Over the years, she taught creative writing, Spanish, and improvisation to middle school, high school, and college students.[10] She also served as a teacher, student advisor, and academic dean at the Birch Wathen Lenox preparatory school on the Upper East Side.[8]

Television career[edit]

Bila's transition from education to politics came unexpectedly in 2009 when she reviewed talk radio host Mark Levin's book, Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto, on her blog. Levin later read the review on air, prompting Fox News' Sean Hannity to invite her on his television show.[8]

In 2011, she appeared as a guest on Hannity and Red Eye, soon expanding her role as commentator to other networks, including CNBC and MSNBC.[11] In 2013, she joined the Fox News team and in April 2014, she began working as a co-host and panelist on Outnumbered, The Five, and other programs.[12][13]

In August 2016, Bila announced her departure from Fox News to join ABC's The View as a permanent co-host for the show's 20th season.[14] While on the show, Bila served as the conservative voice to contrast the liberal co-hosts. During her run, she addressed controversial topics with guests ranging from politicians Hillary Clinton and Donald Rumsfeld to performers such as Lin-Manuel Miranda and Sarah Jessica Parker.[15] Bila departed The View on September 18, 2017.[16] Bila made a return guest appearance on The View on October 17, 2018.

In 2017, Bila hosted the Lifetime special Abby Tells All,[17] and in 2018 she appeared on The Greg Gutfeld Show,[18] co-hosted The Five, and appeared on several Sirius XM shows.[19]

Books[edit]

In 2011, Bila published her first book, Outnumbered: Chronicles of a Manhattan Conservative, an autobiographical recounting of her experiences as a conservative living and teaching in Manhattan during the 2008 presidential election.[20]

In 2018, her second book, #DONOTDISTURB: How I Ghosted My Cell Phone to Take Back My Life, was published by HarperCollins.[21]

Personal life[edit]

In early 2018, after an eight-month engagement, Bila married Jeremy Scher, a corporate strategist and graduate of Rice University.[22]

Bila has stated that she is not a Democrat or a Republican, and that she has a "strong libertarian streak."[23][24] She is a registered independent.[3]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result Ref.
2017 Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
(shared with Joy Behar, Candace Cameron Bure, Paula Faris, Whoopi Goldberg, Sara Haines, Sunny Hostin, and Raven-Symoné)
The View Nominated [25]
2018 Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
(shared with Joy Behar, Paula Faris, Whoopi Goldberg, Sara Haines, Sunny Hostin, and Meghan McCain)
Nominated [26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Outnumbered' panel discuss their monikers". Fox News. May 14, 2014. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  2. ^ "Twitter / JedediahBila: Louisa. RT @middlenamegame:". Twitter.com. Retrieved November 30, 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Jedediah Bila on Twitter". Retrieved December 25, 2016.
  4. ^ "Jedediah Bila named co-host of Fox and Friends Weekend". Deadline.com. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  5. ^ "Jedediah Bila Articles - Political Columnist & Commentator - Jedediah Bila". Townhall. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  6. ^ "Jedediah Bila on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Manhattan's outspoken conservative: An interview with Jedediah Bila | Washington Times Communities". February 3, 2014. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  8. ^ a b c d "FPR Interviews – Jedediah Bila". FORDHAM POLITICAL REVIEW. October 26, 2015. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  9. ^ "Jedediah Bila on Twitter". Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  10. ^ De Pasquale, Lisa (July 16, 2011). "Lisa De Pasquale Channeling Wonder Woman with Jedediah Bila". Human Events. Retrieved March 13, 2012.
  11. ^ RuBegonia (November 3, 2011), Jedediah Bila ~ Great American Panelist ~ Hannity 11/03/11, retrieved June 11, 2018
  12. ^ Rosenberg, Alyssa (April 28, 2014). "Fox News's 'Outnumbered' debuts, and the joke is on liberals". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  13. ^ "Jedediah Bila | Young America's Foundation". Young America's Foundation. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  14. ^ Melas, Chloe. "Sara Haines, Sunny Hostin and Jedediah Bila join 'The View'". CNNMoney. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  15. ^ Wilstein, Matt (September 13, 2017). "'The View' Presses Hillary Clinton: Why Focus on 'The Past'?". The Daily Beast. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  16. ^ News, A. B. C. (September 18, 2017). "Jedediah Bila is leaving 'The View'". ABC News. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  17. ^ "Watch Abby Tells All Full Episode - Dance Moms | Lifetime". Lifetime. Retrieved June 27, 2018.
  18. ^ Today's Media 2018 (April 5, 2018), The Greg Gutfeld Show - Saturday March 17 2018, retrieved June 11, 2018
  19. ^ JennyMcCarthyTV (April 20, 2018), Jedediah Bila on The Jenny McCarthy Show, retrieved June 11, 2018
  20. ^ Bila, Jedediah (May 10, 2011). Outnumbered: Chronicles of a Manhattan Conservative. Jedediah Bila. ISBN 0983576807.
  21. ^ "Kirkus Review". Kirkus Reviews. August 13, 2018. Retrieved January 23, 2019.
  22. ^ "'View' cohost gets engaged in Bucks County". Philly.com. Retrieved June 11, 2018.
  23. ^ "Jedediah Bila on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved September 19, 2016. I started out with a libertarian streak. Then I had highlights. Now I'm pretty close to a full-on libertarian dye job.
  24. ^ "Jedediah Bila on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved September 19, 2016. I'm not a Republican or a Democrat. Allegiance is to principle, not party. #limitedgovernment #freedom #personalresponsibility #Constitution
  25. ^ Evans, Greg (March 22, 2017). "2017 Daytime Emmy Nominations: CBS Leads Networks With 70 Noms, 'Young & Restless' Tops With 25". Retrieved March 24, 2017.
  26. ^ Montgomery, Daniel (March 21, 2018). "2018 Daytime Emmy nominations: Full list of nominees for 45th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards". Retrieved March 22, 2018.

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