Bob Beckel Biography, Wiki, Career, Age, Family, and Net Worth

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Bob Beckel Wiki

Bob Beckel born Robert Gilliland Beckel is an American political analyst and pundit, and a former political operative. Bob is well known as the former analyst and commentator on Fox News. Previously, he had been a commentator on Fox News.

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Bob Beckel Biography and Career Life

Bob has a BA from Wagner College in Staten Island.  While in college, he played football and worked for Robert F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign in 1968.

Bob served in the Philippines as a Peace Corps volunteer from 1971 to 1972 after college, and later was a graduate school professor of politics at George Washington University.

He became a commentator for CNN. On January 16, 2017.  He went back to Fox News as a co-host of The Five.  Fox News announced on May 19, 2017, that Bob was released again as a result of making a racist remark against another Fox News employee. He launched a podcast titled “Beckel’s Bob Cast” on February 19, 2018.

On January 16, 2017, Beckel rejoined The Five as co-host.   Bob was again fired from The Five on May 19, 2017, for allegedly making an “insensitive remark” to an African American employee.

Bob joined Fox News in 2011 as a co-host of The Five and co-hosted some 708 episodes, until June 2015, when Fox announced that Bob had left the program. A Fox spokesman said: “We couldn’t hold The Five hostage to one man’s personal issues.” 

Bob’s last appearance on the show was in February 2015.  He had been absent while recovering from back surgery. According to FNC, “Bob Beckel has entered a rehab facility for treatment of an addiction to prescription pain medication.”

In 2011 on a Fox News panel, Bob called for “illegally shoot[ing]” Julian Assange, the editor of WikiLeaks.

Bob was hired by CNN in October 2015 to offer commentary on the 2016 election.  After the Donald Trump and Billy Bush recording surfaced in October 2016, Bob stated “This race is over…you might as well accept it….

Bob was a columnist for USA Today from 2005 until the end of 2015.  While in USA Today he wrote articles with friends and political opposite Cal Thomas in the style of “point-counterpoint.”

Bob launched a podcast titled “Beckel’s Bob Cast on February 19, 2018.

Bob was the campaign manager for Walter Mondale’s 1984 presidential campaign.  In the campaign, he became famous as the man who effectively wrapped Wendy’s slogan “Where’s the beef?” around Gary Hart, Mondale’s opponent for the Democratic nomination.

He formed the consulting firm Bob Beckel & Associates, or BBA in late 1984.  This is a lobbying firm that was succeeded in 1985 by Beckel–Cowan.

Bob managed the campaign of Alan Blinken, the Democratic nominee for the United States Senate in Idaho in 2002.  He resigned after being targeted for extortion by a prostitute. He made a brief appearance in 2010, as himself on the Season 8 premiere of TV series 24 in a mock debate with fellow Fox News Analyst Monica Crowley.

Bob joined the United States Department of State as deputy assistant secretary of state for congressional relations in 1977.  He became the youngest deputy assistant secretary of state in the Carter administration. When he was in that role Bob helped to shepherd the Panama Canal Treaty through Congress to ratification.  In the year which followed he was appointed special assistant to the president for legislative affairs, working on ratification of Salt II and Mideast treaties.

Bob started his own podcast titled “Beckel’s Bob Cast” which tends to focus on current events especially within his field of political expertise. This includes features like the “star and goat” of the podcast, which highlight the best and worst political actors of the week. Bob despite being predominantly a political progressive commentator, also regularly has guests that don’t exactly fit on The Hill.

Bob Beckel Age

Bob was born on November 15, 1948, in New York.

Bob Beckel Family

He is the son of Cambridge Graham Beckel Jr. (author of Workshops for the World: The United Nations Family of Agencies) and Ellen Gilliland Beckel.

He is the older brother of actor Graham Beckel. His brother is best known for his prolific guest appearances on television.  He has had prominent roles in a number of major films as well.

Bob married Leland Ingham in 1992. The couple has two children.  They divorced in 2002. Bob’s wife who was later known as Leland Keyser after remarriage, became embroiled in the Brett Kavanaugh nomination sensation when she was named by Christine Blasey Ford as a friend who could corroborate Ford’s story.

Bob is a recovering alcoholic.  He has spoken openly about his past addictions to drugs and alcohol, admitting in July 2011 on The Five: “I’m a recovering addict and cocaine was my drug of choice.”

Bob claimed he in 2007  he was involved in an altercation in a Bethesda, Maryland, grocery store parking lot with a man who took issue with his anti–George W. Bush bumper stickers.

Bob nearly choked to death on a piece of shrimp at a Fox News reception in October 2011, however, he was saved by Fox News chief Roger Ailes and The Five co-host Eric Bolling.

Bob was absent from The Five for a number of weeks in early 2015, which led to speculation that he had been fired, but Fox later announced that his absence was due to “health-related issues,” and it was later revealed that he had major back surgery on March 26 at a New York-area hospital.

Bob has two children a son and a daughter known as McKenzie Beckel.  On  June 6, 2018, bob posted on his Twitter “Here’s my daughter Mackenzie on graduation day My smile is one of a proud father and also a father who is done paying outrageous tuition She’s working in Denver and there ain’t a day that goes by that I don’t miss my little girl!.

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