George Stephanopoulos is an American political commentator and television host best known as the anchor of the ABC morning news program, Good Morning America and also the self-titled ABC Sunday news program, This Week with George Stephanopoulos.
Before joining the ABC television network, Stephanopoulos worked as a political analyst. He had served on the Clinton/Gore presidential campaign as the Deputy Campaign Manager and then went on to work as the White House Director of Communications. He also later served as Clinton’s senior aide and advisor for policy and strategy.
Who is George Stephanopoulos?
George Stephanopoulos was born to parents of Greek descent; Very Reverend Robert George Stephanopoulos and Nickolitsa Gloria Stephanopoulos on the 10th of February, 1961 in Fall River, Massachusetts. George Sr. is the Dean at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in New York and is also a Greek Orthodox priest.
Stephanopoulos attended high school in Cleveland, Ohio and then went on to study political science at Columbia University in New York. He graduated with a summa cum laude bachelor of arts degree and was class salutatorian at his graduation ceremony. In 1983, he attended Balliol College at the University of Oxford, England and graduated with a masters degree in Theology a year later.
Following the end of his program at Oxford, Stephanopoulos returned to the United States and settled in Washington, D.C. to begin his career in politics. He first worked as an aide to Ohio Democratic Congressman, Ed Feighan. After his work with Feighan, he moved on to work for the campaign of American presidential aspirant, Michael Dukakis in 1988, a campaign which did not end in success. After the electoral defeat, Stephanopoulos joined the staff of Dick Gephardt, a former House of Representatives majority leader. He worked for Gephardt till he joined the Clinton campaign in 1992. He served as the deputy manager of the campaign, and after the president’s inauguaration, became his senior aide.
George Stephanopoulos did not rejoin the presidential staff after the re-election of the president in 1996. He stated in his best-selling book, All Too Human: A Political Education, that he battled depression due to the excessive demands that his role required. The book is simply an account of his time spent with Bill Clinton, from the campaign to his first term in office.
After his run with the White House, Stephanopoulos moved to journalism, specifically broadcasting. He joined ABC as a political analyst for the show segment This Week, which was hosted by another duo at the time. He took over as the anchor for the show in 2002 which then became This Week with George Stephanopoulos, and he was named Chief Washington Correspondent three years later.
In 2010, Christiane Amanpour replaced him as host of The Week, but Stephanopoulos returned to show in early 2012. He also corresponded on World News Tonight and Good Morning America. In 2009, he became co-anchor of Good Morning America alongside Robin Roberts.
Stephanopoulos has further had a brief stint in pop culture. He was referred to in the popular sitcom Friends in 1994. However, the episode titled The One with George Stephanopoulos did not feature him onscreen. He was the basis for the character Lewis Rothchild in the movie The American President (1995), and also for the character Henry Burton in the movie Primary Colors (1998).
Family – Wife, Kids
George Stephanopoulos married comedian and actress Alexandra “Ali” Wentworth just a few months after they met each other on a blind date. Together, they have two daughters; Elliott Anastasia Stephanopoulos born in 2002 and Harper Andrea Stephanopoulos born in 2005. The family lives in Manhattan, New York.
Alexandra Wentworth was born on the 12th of January, 1965 in Washington, D.C. to a prominent family of political background. Her mother, Mabel ‘Muffie’ Brandon, served as social secretary to former American first lady, Nancy Reagan. Wentworth attended High School in Wellesley, Massachusetts and graduated from Bard College, New York. Her movie credits include Jerry Maguire, Call Me Claus, It’s Complicated, Nightcap, among others.
George Stephanopoulos reportedly makes 15 million dollars a year as the anchor of Good Morning America. Through his active participation in politics, his career on the ABC network, and including sales of his book, he has been able to amass an estimated net worth of $35 million.
George Stephanopoulos may be of Greek descent, but he is no Greek god in terms of his physical attributes. He is more in the cute and cuddly category as he stands at a miniature height of 5 feet 5 inches (1.65m). He is towered by his significantly taller co-hosts Robin Roberts and Michael Strahan, who are 5 feet 10 inches and 6 feet 5 inches respectively.