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Dana Loesch
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Born Dana Eaton[1]
(1978-09-28) September 28, 1978 (age 39)[2][3]
Residence Dallas, Texas, U.S.[4]
Education St. Louis Community College
Webster University
Occupation Political activist and commentator, radio and television host, author
Employer Radio America
Spouse(s) Chris Loesch (m. 2000)[5]
Children 2 sons[3]
Website Official website

Dana Loesch (/læʃ/ LASH; née Eaton; born September 28, 1978) is an American conservative political activist and commentator. She is a talk radio host, author, and spokesperson and vlogger for the National Rifle Association. She is a former writer and editor for the website Breitbart News and the host of the program Dana on TheBlaze TV 2014–2017. Loesch has appeared as a guest on television networks such as Fox News, CNN, CBS, ABC, and HBO.

Early life

Loesch was raised by her mother, Gale, in an extended family of Southern Baptists. She has said she had a Cherokee ancestor who was removed from their land on the Trail of Tears[6][7][8] as well as a paternal grandmother of Irish descent.[9] She graduated from Fox High School in Arnold, Missouri. She later attended St. Louis Community College at Meramec before transferring to Webster University to study journalism on scholarship.[10] While there, she was a Democrat and worked on Bill Clinton's reelection campaign.[11] Following a pregnancy, Loesch dropped out of college and married, having her first child when she was 21.[12] Loesch became disillusioned with left-wing politics after the Clinton–Lewinsky scandal[13] and fully rejected them after the September 11 attacks.[10]


After leaving Webster University, Loesch began writing for St. Louis Magazine, doing investigative news articles, and began her website "Mamalogues". The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ran "Mamalogues" as a weekly online column 2006–2008, winning Loesch Riverfront Times' "Best Newspaper Columnist St. Louis" for 2007.[14] Loesch started hosting her radio show in 2008; it became a nationally syndicated, daily program, The Dana Show: The Conservative Alternative on Radio America from flagship station KFTK-FM in St. Louis, Missouri.[15] In July 2008 Loesch was chosen as one of St. Louis Business Journal's top 30 Under 30.[16][17][18] She was recognized by the Nielsen ratings as one of the Top 50 Most Powerful Mom Bloggers.[19] In October 2010, Loesch was hired to be editor-in-chief of Big Journalism, a conservative website created by Andrew Breitbart.[20] In February 2011, CNN hired Loesch as a political analyst in preparation for its 2012 election coverage.[21]

In 2009, Loesch co-founded the St. Louis Tea Party along with its board president, Bill Hennessy.[22] Loesch left the organization in December 2011.[22]

In 2012, Loesch was the recipient of Accuracy In Media's Grassroots Journalism award.[23][24] She also guest hosts for other national radio talent such as Glenn Beck and Michael Savage. Loesch was added to Talkers Magazine 's top 100 "heavy hitters" in 2012[citation needed] and was number 24 in 2017.[25] Loesch hosted the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in 2013.[26]

In January 2012, Loesch spoke on her show in defense of U.S. Marines videotaped urinating on the corpses of dead Taliban fighters, commenting that "I'd drop trou and do it, too. That's me though. I want a million cool points for these guys (Marines). Is that harsh to say?"[27]

In December 2012, after the death of founder Andrew Breitbart earlier in the year, Loesch sued the parent company of her former employer Loesch claimed in court documents that owner and operator Breitbart LLC bound her to "what amounts to indentured servitude in limbo" after she said she was forced to terminate her contract as the result of a hostile working environment.[28]

In May 2013, after a series of public comments back and forth between Loesch and Piers Morgan on Twitter regarding the murder of British soldier Lee Rigby, Morgan vowed to ban Loesch from his show, Piers Morgan Live.[29] Loesch returned to the show in January 2014 after their producers, who were friends, arranged for Loesch and Morgan to work out their differences amicably.[30]

On January 10, 2014, Loesch debuted her new daily TV Show, Dana, on Glenn Beck's TheBlaze TV. She departed from this position in November 2017.[31]

In 2016, KFTK-FM in St. Louis, her original radio station, dropped her show.[32] The show was picked up by WSDZ-AM shortly thereafter.[33]

During the 2016 Republican presidential primary, she endorsed the Ted Cruz campaign[34] while disparaging the candidacy of Donald J. Trump.[35][36][37][38] According to David Frum in The Atlantic, Loesch has become, after Trump's election, a "passionate defender" of his presidency.[39]

Loesch–who has held the post of special assistant to the executive vice president for public communication with the National Rifle Association (NRA) since 2017[40]–hosts The DL on NRA TV and has featured prominently in other NRA-produced videos.

In February 22, 2018 remarks at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference Loesch said, "Many in legacy media love mass shootings. You guys love it. Now I'm not saying that you love the tragedy. But I am saying that you love the ratings." She criticized the FBI's response to warnings in advance of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and said that the institution had become politicized.[41] [42]

Disputes arising from NRA videos

Statements made by Loesch in advocacy for the NRA are the subject of controversy.[13]

Loesch was featured in an online video published by the National Rifle Association in April 2017. In the video, Loesch talked about an unspecified "they" and depicted protests against Donald Trump in a negative light. She went on to say, "... They use their movie stars and singers and comedy shows and award shows to repeat their narrative over and over again. And then they use their ex-president to endorse the resistance... To smash windows, burn cars, shut down interstates and airports, bully and terrorize the law-abiding – until the only option left is for the police to do their jobs and stop the madness... The only way we stop this, the only way we save our country and our freedom, is to fight this violence of lies with the clenched fist of truth..."[43][44]

The video was condemned by some commentators.[45] DeRay Mckesson, a leader in the Black Lives Matter movement, said that the ad was "an open call to violence to protect white supremacy".[43] Jon Favreau, a former speechwriter for President Obama, called the video "revolting and frightening".[43] U.S. Senator Chris Murphy said, "I think the NRA is telling people to shoot us. Now might be the right time to cancel your membership."[46] Conservative columnist Anne Applebaum said that it called on Americans "to arm themselves to fight liberals. Violence is coming".[44] An online petition calling for the video to be removed from Facebook said, "The video tries to create an 'us-vs-them' narrative and pit Americans against one another. It paints liberals as liars and as violent, unruly protesters who law-abiding gun owners need protection from."[47]

Loesch defended the ad,[48] saying that it condemned rather than condoned violence.[43] She stated, "There was nowhere in this video... where I called for anyone to move toward violence, to silence anyone, or where I called for anyone to even pick up a firearm and enact violence."[46]

In a second video released by the NRA in April 2017, Loesch criticized The New York Times, calling it an "old gray hag" and an "untrustworthy, dishonest rag that has subsisted on the welfare of mediocrity." She stated, "We've had it with your constant protection of your Democrat overlords, your refusal to acknowledge any truth that upsets the fragile construct that you believe is real life." Warning that her video should be considered "a shot across your proverbial bow," she concluded, "We're going to laser-focus on your so-called 'honest pursuit of truth.' In short, we're coming for you."[49]

After the second video received increased attention in August 2017, Michael Luo, the editor of, described the video as "strikingly bellicose even by the standards of the association."[50] Press group Digital Content Next wrote a letter to Loesch in which it said, "Ninety-nine people out of a hundred would interpret this language about 'coming for' as threatening and to suggest otherwise is disingenuous at best and dangerous at worst. Bottom line: It is un-American to threaten journalists."[50]

In October 2017, Loesch spoke in another video for the NRA, saying, "We are witnesses to the most ruthless attack on a president and the people who voted for him, and the free system that allowed it to happen, in American history."[51] She added that critics of Trump are trying to "drive their daggers through the heart of [America's] future."[51]

Personal life

In 2000, Loesch married now music producer[40][52] Chris Loesch.[10] Dana's early politics as a Democrat clashed with her husband's more conservative views early in their marriage. Chris has become Dana's manager.[53] The Loesches homeschooled their two children together.[54][3] In 2014, the couple moved from Saint Louis to Dallas,[13] where, as of March 2017, they own two homes in Southlake.[55]

Notable works


  1. ^ Loesch, Dana (August 8, 2008). "Because it's an important issue". Mamalogues. 
  2. ^ Loesch, Dana (September 28, 2010). "Another Year". Mamalogues. 
  3. ^ a b c "Patriot Dame: Dana Loesch, Tea Party co-founder and rising star of conservative talk radio, reporting for duty!". Riverfront Times. February 24, 2010. Archived from the original on October 22, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Why I Moved To Dallas: My New TV Show On The Blaze - Dana Loesch Radio". 
  5. ^ "Dana Loesch is the Face of the NRA. Here's What You Should Know About Her". February 22, 2018. Retrieved March 5, 2018. 
  6. ^ Loesch, Dana (2016). Flyover Nation. Penguin Books. p. 176. ISBN 9780399563898. 
  7. ^ TheBlaze com Video Glenn Beck Program Redskins controversy Video. MercuryOneMemphis. December 22, 2014. Event occurs at 0:30. 
  8. ^ Dana Loesch on the Kelly File with Megyn Kelly: Fight over Team Name of the Washington Redskins. FOX News. October 19, 2013. Event occurs at 1:27. 
  9. ^ Loesch, Dana (2013-10-18). "My paternal grandmother was of Irish descent. She was not offended by the Fighting Irish". @dloesch. Retrieved 2018-02-21. 
  10. ^ a b c Hinman, Kristen (February 24, 2010). "Patriot Dame: Dana Loesch, Tea Party co-founder and rising star of conservative talk radio, reporting for duty!". Riverfront Times. 
  11. ^ "Dana Loesch's Political Views Show The NRA Spokesperson Wasn't Always A Conservative". Retrieved 2018-03-08. 
  12. ^ Weinger, Mackenzie (October 7, 2013). "Dana Loesch: Not afraid to fire away". Politico. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  13. ^ a b c Holson, Laura M. (2018). "The National Rifle Association's Telegenic Warrior". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 22, 2018. 
  14. ^ "Best Newspaper Columnist St. Louis 2007 – Dana Loesch". The Riverfront Times. September 27, 2007. Retrieved March 9, 2015. 
  15. ^ "The Dana Show". Radio America. 
  16. ^ "Class of 2008". American City Business Journals. July 13, 2008. Retrieved March 9, 2015. 
  17. ^ "This year's 30 Under 30 class by the numbers". Biz Journals. July 10, 2008. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Dana Loesch". Biz Journals. July 10, 2008. Retrieved March 10, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Power Mom 50". nielsen online. Nielsen Ratings. Retrieved March 9, 2015. 
  20. ^ Loesch, Dana (October 11, 2010). "Allow Me to Introduce Myself..." Big Journalism. Archived from the original on October 14, 2010. Retrieved October 27, 2010. 
  21. ^ "CNN Looks Ahead to 2012 Election Season". February 10, 2011. 
  22. ^ a b Garrison, Chad (December 6, 2011). "Dana Loesch Departs St. Louis Tea Party". Riverfront Times. 
  23. ^ "Dana Loesch, Sharyl Attkisson to Receive Reed Irvine Accuracy in Media Awards at CPAC 2012" (Press release). Accuracy In Media. February 1, 2012. 
  24. ^ Byers, Dylan (February 7, 2012). "Loesch, Attkisson to receive AIM awards". Politico. 
  25. ^ "Talkers Heavy 100". Talkers Magazine. 
  26. ^ "ACU Announces CPAC St. Louis" (Press release). American Conservative Union. May 7, 2013. 
  27. ^ "Dana Loesch Would "Drop Trou" and Pee On Dead Taliban". Riverfront Times. Retrieved October 20, 2015. 
  28. ^ Howie, Craig (December 21, 2012). "Dana Loesch sues LLC". Politico. 
  29. ^ Weinger, Mackenzie (May 22, 2013). "Piers Morgan: Dana Loesch banned from show". Politico. 
  30. ^ Weinger, Mackenzie (January 14, 2014). "Dana Loesch returns to Piers Morgan after ban". Politico. 
  31. ^ Scarry, Eddie. "Dana Loesch ends show on Glenn Beck's The Blaze". Washington Examiner. Retrieved 2018-02-22. 
  32. ^ Holleman, Joe (April 8, 2016). "Marc Cox replacing Dana Loesch on KFTK radio". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved June 30, 2017. 
  33. ^ Holleman, Joe (May 13, 2016). "Conservative radio host Dana Loesch back on STL air". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 
  34. ^ "Dana Loesch endorses Ted Cruz," Politico, January 26, 2016, retrieved November 28, 2016,
  35. ^ Loesch, Dana (2016-01-25). "Donald Trump - Dana Loesch: Question Trump's Conservative Conversion". National Review. Retrieved 2018-03-06. 
  36. ^ By NR Symposium January 22, 2016 3:00 AM (2016-01-22). "Donald Trump - Conservatives Should Stand against Him". National Review. Retrieved 2018-03-06. 
  37. ^ "On The 2016 Primary". Dana Loesch Radio. Retrieved 2018-03-06. 
  38. ^ Fox News Insider (March 1, 2016). "Loesch: I Would Love It If Trump Were the 2nd Coming of Reagan". FNC. 
  39. ^
  40. ^ a b Claudine Zap (March 1, 2018). "NRA Spokeswoman Dana Loesch Buys Gated Estate in Southlake, TX". SFGate. Retrieved 2018-03-09. 
  41. ^ Vazquez, Maegan. "NRA spox: 'Many in legacy media love mass shootings'". CNN. CNN. Retrieved 7 March 2018. 
  42. ^ Abramson, Alana. "NRA's Wayne La Pierre: Gun Control Advocates Are Exploiting the Florida School Shooting Tragedy". Time. Time Magazine. Retrieved 7 March 2018. 
  43. ^ a b c d Bromwich, Jonah Engel (June 29, 2017). "N.R.A. Ad Condemning Protests Against Trump Raises Partisan Anger". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved June 30, 2017. 
  44. ^ a b Bertrand, Natasha (June 29, 2017). "A Chilling National Rifle Association Ad Gaining Traction Online Appears to Be 'An Open Call to Violence'". Business Insider. Retrieved June 30, 2017. 
  45. ^ Cummings, William (June 29, 2017). "NRA Video Declares War on Liberals, Critics Say". USA Today. Retrieved July 8, 2017. 
  46. ^ a b "Dana Loesch: NRA Ad Condemns, Doesn't Condone Violence". Fox News. June 29, 2017. Retrieved July 8, 2017. 
  47. ^ Holley, Peter (June 29, 2017). "The NRA Recruitment Video that Is Even Upsetting Gun Owners". Washington Post. Retrieved July 8, 2017. 
  48. ^ Nakamura, Reid (June 29, 2017). "NRA's Dana Loesch Defends Ad Targeting Media, Hollywood's 'Violence of Lies'". The Wrap. Retrieved July 8, 2017. 
  49. ^ Delk, Josh (August 4, 2017). "NRA spokesperson to New York Times: 'We're coming for you'". 
  50. ^ a b Stelter, Brian (September 5, 2017). "Press group to NRA: 'It is un-American to threaten journalists'". CNN. 
  51. ^ a b Bowden, John (October 20, 2017). "NRA: Trump is victim of 'most ruthless attack on a president' in history". TheHill. Retrieved October 20, 2017. 
  52. ^ "Simply Shocking: World-Class Recording Studio Opens Doors in South St. Louis". Riverfront Times. Retrieved March 5, 2018. 
  53. ^ "Chris Loesch (@ChrisLoesch) - Twitter". Retrieved March 5, 2018. 
  54. ^ Hawkins, Derek (2018-02-22). "Dana Loesch, the NRA's brash spokeswoman, dials back the rage at CNN town hall". The Washington Post. 
  55. ^ "NRA Spokeswoman Dana Loesch Buys Gated Estate in Southlake, TX". News. Retrieved 2 March 2018. 

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