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Glenn Beck (b. 1964) is a conservative television and radio host, formerly of FOX News and currently the host of the syndicated Glenn Beck Radio Program. Beck is also a notable convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, better known as the Mormons.
Beck was born in Everett, Washington, where his parents owned a bakery. Beck was raised Roman Catholic. Following graduation from high school, Beck took a job at Provo, Utah, radio station KAYK, moving to WPGC in Washington, D.C., six months later.
Glenn Beck's Turn Around
In 1983, he married his first wife, Claire, with whom he had two daughters. Beck’s substance abuse and alcoholism led to their divorce in 1994 and Beck credits Alcoholic Anonymous for turning his life around, claiming to have drank heavily and smoked cannabis daily for 15 years. In 1999, Beck married his second wife and the two soon converted to Mormonism.
Beck's Rise in the Conservative World
During the 1990s, Beck worked at several radio stations across the country, eventually starting the Glenn Beck Program in 2000 from WFLA in Tampa, Florida. The show became syndicated in 2002, at first reaching 47 stations across the country, expanding to over 280 by 2008. Beck is frequently tied for fourth among conservative radio talk personalities, alongside:
- Rush Limbaugh
- Sean Hannity
- Dave Ramsey
Beck also hosted a television version on Fox News from 2009 to 2011.