About the Host - Bonnie Erbé
Bonnie Erbé is a nonpartisan, award-winning American journalist and television host based in the Washington, D.C. area who has covered national politics for decades. Erbé was a columnist for 25 years with Scripps Howard Newspapers until the Washington bureau was sold off. She has also written columns for PoliticsDaily.com and was a contributing editor at USNews.com. Ms. Erbé is working on a novel about religious symbolism in Washington, D.C.
Her journalistic interests include issues affecting women, families and communities of color, environment, religion and animal compassion. She has won more than 20 awards for her journalistic accomplishments. Most recently, she has won numerous honors for the TTC documentary Gender Parity in Islam.
She has been honored for her "pioneering: contributions to women's media" by creating PBS' To the Contrary with Bonnie Erbé and keeping it a vital part of PBS' program offerings for 19 seasons (now 25). The award was presented by the Women's Media Center in June, 2009. She also won the Population Media Council's "Best TV Show" award in 2009 for coverage of population issues.
She won the 2008 Conference Board's Work Life Leadership Council Media Award for coverage of work-life issues. She also won the 2008 Council on Contemporary Families Media Award for Outstanding Coverage of Family Issues.
Prior to that, she has won more than 15 (total) Clarion Awards from Women in Communications, Gracie Awards from American Women in Radio & TV and EMMA awards from the National Women's Political Caucus and formerly from Radcliffe College. She also won Ohio State and New York Festival Awards while working for NBC Radio.
Erbé was born in New York City, but moved to Washington D.C. after graduation from college to cover politics. She graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University with an M.S. in Journalism in and from Georgetown University Law Center with a J.D. cum laude.
Ms. Erbé is non partisan and toes no party line. She is not an affiliated Democrat or Republican, nor is she uniformly progressive or conservative. Labels of all types make her nervous. Ms. Erbé finds partisan politics tiresome and believes she represents the majority of Americans who think for themselves and do not subscribe to any partisan or ideologically-prescribed way of thinking. She believes the only people who think that way are either angling for political appointments or trying to impose their moral beliefs on the nation's laws.
She is, however, passionate about women's advancement in the U.S. and worldwide, about preserving green spaces and maintaining an environment that can support the human race and animal species for millennia to come. She is also a strong supporter of limiting government spending and a proponent of individual and personal responsibility.
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