Todd Starnes – Southern-Fried Stories for a Faith-Hungry America

November 2018 - Cover Story
by Lori Hatcher

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November 2018 - Cover Story

hen FOX news commentator Todd Starnes walks through his Brooklyn, New York, neighborhood, people part like the Red Sea before Moses. And no wonder. They don’t know what to make of this pork-eating, NRA-supporting, teetotalling, 21st-century amalgamation of Paul Harvey, Erma Bombeck, and Lewis Grizzard.

Born in Memphis, Tennessee, the stocky, brown-haired Starnes accepted Christ at age 13. His father led the way, coming to faith when a coworker invited him to a revival meeting. His mother soon followed, and then Todd.

“I was so bad,” Starnes joked, “Mom asked the preacher to dunk me twice, just to be sure it took.” He attended VBS and Sunday School and memorized Bible verses in AWANA.

Although he dreamed of owning a small town newspaper, he worked first as a radio announcer for KFBK in Sacramento, California, weaving his faith into the stories he told. In 2005, he won the Edward R. Murrow award and the Associate Press Mark Twain Award for Storytelling for his firsthand account of his own open heart surgery at age 37. Executives at FOX heard the broadcasts and extended an invitation to “come tell stories for FOX News.” He has worked there as a writer/commentator ever since.

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