After a string of successful radio shows on WNBC, WABC and WMCA in New York, Alan Colmes gained a reputation as a hard-hitting liberal known for his electric commentary on the American agenda. He has interviewed many key political and pop culture figures, including President Barack Obama, former President Bill Clinton, former Vice President Al Gore, Lynn Cheney, former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senators�John Kerry and John McCain, Newt Gingrich, Deepak Chopra, and Carole King.
After penetrating the Boston and New York markets with hit local radio shows, Colmes went from major market success to national talk radio prominence in 1990 with his fast-paced and informative afternoon news-driven show, which aired daily on hundreds of affiliates nationwide. He joined FOX News Channel in 1996, and co-hosted�Hannity & Colmes for over twelve years. Today his radio show is syndicated by FOX News and heard on terrestrial radio stations across America, XM and Sirius Satellite Radio, and the American Forces Radio Network.
Originally from the Seattle area, Joel moved east to attend NYU Film School, which somehow led to work in TV, radio and the Internet. As the very first intern on Hannity & Colmes, Joel began working with Alan shortly after the launch of Fox News Channel. Alan never bothered to complain about Joel to Fox executives, who eventually gave him a paying job at the network. This led to work on several early FNC programs such as Fox In Depth and Fox On Health, and on the Fox News Guest Booking Unit. He left Fox for a few years, during which he worked at MSNBC and on a political website called Vote.com. After Alan returned to the radio airwaves in 2003, Joel joined him on the Colmes show staff, where he�s now Alan�s Senior Producer. In his spare time, Joel enjoys traveling to Pearl Jam concerts, supporting the Seahawks, and being a couch potato.
Aimee De Benigno
A native of Danbury, Connecticut, Aimee De Benigno has been working with Alan since 2006. After attending Marymount Manhattan College in New York to pursue a career in media, Aimee interned at WABC Radio where she found her niche in broadcasting. She was hired full-time after college and worked with several hosts including Monica Crowley and Alan�s former TV partner, Sean Hannity. Aimee left the business for a brief period to explore an opportunity in the medical field but was pulled right back to her calling and happily landed on Alan�s show.
A former sanitation worker and graduate of Syracuse University, Mike Boyle is the technical producer for Alan�s radio show. Mike has been fascinated with radio for as long as he can remember and knew it was what he wanted to do at an early age after begging his parents to bring him to meet New York radio legend Cousin Bruce Morrow at an appearance in his native Westchester County, NY. After being part of a morning show on college radio Mike went on to work as a jock on Long Island before coming to Fox in 2005. Mike enjoys sleeping in and pursues this enthusiastically given the late hours of Alan�s radio show.
Assistant to Alan Colmes
Robin got her first taste of television news at WBFF Fox 45 in Baltimore. After that she headed further south to Washington DC, where she interned for a Sunday show on another �Cable News Network� and fell in love with TV and production. She now assists Alan on his television appearances, on new projects, and on the radio show, making sure Alan stays informed and up to date. When not at work, Robin likes spending time with her friends and going to the beach in her home state of New Jersey.
Matt Schultz clearly believes voter ID laws are to keep Democrats away from the polls.
SCHULTZ: There are a whole lot of issues that we care about, abortion, gay marriage, a whole lot of social issues that we care deeply about. But you have to start caring about voter ID and election integrity as well, because if you don’t have that, you’ll never be able to make a difference in any other issue you care about. Never. Because they will cheat! They’ll cheat. And we need to make sure we stop them. So what do I need you to do? I need you start telling your friends and neighbors that you love voter ID. You love voter ID.
• Former Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX) talks to Alan about her new bookUnflinching Courage.
• National Education Association Vice President Lily Eskelsen and Katie Lyles current Colorado teacher and former Columbine High School student are on with Alan to examinearming teachers in school.
• Northland Church Senior Pastor Dr. Joel C Hunter is on with Alan to talk aboutenvironmental issues and concerns.
• Fox News Senior Judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano and Alan about look into if tragedies trick us into giving up our liberties.
• Torture? Ambassador Thomas Pickering talks to Alan if an independent review is right in stating that the U.S. engaged in torture after 9/11.
• Immigration reform. Alan has the latest from D.C. on the bill to overhaul immigration reform.
President Obama was quite angryafter the Senate voted down the gun background check compromise.
“There were no coherent arguments as to why we wouldn’t do this. It came down to politics,” Obama said, adding that Democrats were also responsible for voting down the bill.
“They caved to pressure, and they started looking for an excuse — any excuse — to vote no.”
“All in all, it was a pretty shameful day for Washington.”
But Obama added that he was not done fighting for gun control.
“I see this as just Round One,” Obama said. “This effort is not over.”
The president made brief remarks at the White House.
“What we don’t yet know, however, is who carried out this attack or why, whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization, foreign or domestic, or was the act of a malevolent individual…
“Clearly, we’re at the beginning of our investigation,” Obama said. “It will take time to follow every lead and determine what happened, but we will find out. We will find whoever harmed our citizens, and we will bring them to justice.”
• FBI-veteran Thomas B. Locke examines the bombing in Boston with Alan
• Former NY State Homeland Security Director Michael Balboni weighs in on the attack in Boston.
• Security expert Bruce Schneier talks to Alan about keeping calm and carrying on after a terrorist attack.
• Author and blogger Blair Hoenig talks to Alan about her new book STFU, Parents, which takes on over-sharing parents.
Adam Lanza’s mother considered suing Sandy Hook Elementary School when teachers ignored beatings by his classmates, reports the New York Daily News.
[A] relative, speaking to the Daily News, claimed that mass murderer Lanza was taunted and attacked by fellow students at his childhood alma mater.
“Nancy felt fiercely protective of him,” the relative said. “She was convinced the school wasn’t doing enough to protect Adam. It made her irate.”
• Conservative political activist Alan Gottlieb tells Alan why he believes new gun control laws will lead to a registry.
• Congressman Joe Barton (R-TX) defends his claim that global warming caused the biblical Great Flood to Alan.
• Congressman Alan Grayson (D-FL) is on with Alan to give the Progressive view of President Obama’s budget plan.
• It’s the Friday Night Free-For-All!