Since joining ABC’s 20/20 in 1981, John Stossel has become the self-declared “scourge of the liberal media,” dedicating much of his provocative career to the advancement of free market ideas. Once an advocate of consumer protection through increased regulation, his reporting led him to the conclusion that government posed the real danger to consumers and that protectionism had a substantial negative impact on both American business and culture. Now an outspoken proponent of freedom, Stossel exposes the waste and ineffectiveness of government practices like corporate welfare, bailouts, limiting choice in education, and eminent domain abuse.
Stossel, who has praised the Goldwater Institute for its impact on school choice in Arizona, has become one of the media’s most popular champions of market solutions to social and economic challenges. Despite the ongoing opposition of the interventionist elite, his satirical and investigative television segments, documentaries, and books have continued to resonate strongly with audiences, earning him nineteen Emmy Awards and five awards for excellence in consumer reporting by the National Press Club.