Tracing Lisa Kennedy Montgomery’s Career Path To Fox, Her Worth and Family Life

Viewers of Fox News Channel will be very familiar with television personality, Lisa Kennedy Montgomery, a well-known political pundit. Montgomery is known for the candid expression of her political views, irrespective of the dignitaries involved. She works as the host of the Fox Business Network program titled Kennedy Live.

While she is mostly associated with the news network, Lisa Kennedy Montgomery’s broadcasting career goes beyond the media outlet, from the past to the present. It is a journey that has lasted over two decades and began at the University of California.

Lisa Kennedy Montgomery Started Her Career as a Radio Intern in Los Angeles

The talented TV figure was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States, on September 8, 1972. Her mother brought her up in Lake Oswego in Oregon. She has two siblings whose identities remain unknown, along with that of her parents. Regarding her education, Montgomery schooled at Lakeridge High School before earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Half Romanian and Half Scottish, Lisa Kennedy began her career as an intern at KROQ radio in Los Angeles. There, she worked as a DJ and earned the nickname, the Virgin Kennedy. It was an educative experience for the future political commentator, and it led to her first full-time professional gig.

Post-college, she worked as a VJ at MTV. She began hosting the entertainment station’s last night alternative rock show, 120 Minutes. Later, about a year after, she began hosting Alternative Nation, a TV show dedicated to showcasing alternative music.

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Lisa, in her MTV years: image source

Lisa Kennedy Montgomery spent five years hosting the show before moving on to another role, one that diversified her media portfolio and put her on the path to political commentary.

A Return to Radio at KQBZ Gave Lisa her First Dip in News Programming

After spending five years six years with MTV, Lisa Kennedy published her first book, Hey Ladies! Tales and Tips for Curious Girls, which talks about her past life experiences.

Eventually, in 1999, she moved to Seattle and began hosting The Buzz for KQBZ radio. The show featured various segments, comprising of news, local issues, and comedy. It was her first taste of news as part of her broadcast responsibilities, and it was an enlightening experience.

She spent almost two years in the role before moving to Comedy World Radio Network. Having impressed in her former job, she began co-hosting a similar morning radio show, The Future with Ahmet & Kennedy, with Ahmet Zappa. Before leaving the network, she also hosted another morning show, The Big House.

Another move to the Game Show Network in 2002 further brought the Fox News host to political commentary. She started with hosting Friend or Foe? and guest-hosted WinTuition before she made her first big splash in the political space. She hosted the network’s debate for fringe candidates of the 2003 California gubernatorial recall election, Who Wants to Be Governor of California?

In 2005, she left GSN and began working for Fox Reality as the host of Reality Remix. Shortly before taking up the role, Lisa Kennedy’s ability to combine her entertainment background with her growing political outspokenness began to shine through.

She served as a panelist on VH1’s Best Week Ever and MSNBC’s Scarborough Country. Kennedy worked in a few more roles before moving to political commentary. She guest-hosted KFI’s evening show several times and hosted its Sunday afternoon show.

The Indiana-born Political Commentator Has Been with Fox Since 2012

After her brief dalliance with Fox Reality in the early 2000s, Lisa Kennedy Montgomery returned to the media network in 2012. She joined Fox Business Network as a contributor and, within a year, began co-hosting the show, The Independents.

The show debuted in December 2013 and spent less than two years on air following its cancellation in January 2015. She began hosting her show, Kennedy Live, in the same month and has been on air to date. As a political commentator, particularly on Fox, Lisa shares and promotes Republican and libertarian views and gives airtime to guests to do the same.

Outside of her show, she shares her political ideology on outlets like and Her skill and talent at delivering convincing arguments for libertarian points have also made her a regular fixture on other Fox News programs. She is also a regular face on The Five and Outnumbered. She has also been a correspondent on Stossel and guest-hosted Fox News’ Red Eye.

A Long Media Career Has Earned Lisa Kennedy Montgomery a $4 Million Net Worth

Considering it took years for Lisa to become a mainstay on national television, it took a minute for her to earn the big bucks that come with the role. While she made decent income working in radio and other smaller media outlets over the years, her net worth received a significant rise since joining Fox in 2012.

With a salary estimated in the mid to high six figures, Lisa Kennedy Montgomery has accrued an estimated net worth of $4 million. Her net worth comes from appearing in multiple programs for the US leading media outlet. She has hosted more than 1,190 episodes of Kennedy Live and guest-hosted or co-hosted several episodes of others.

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Lisa’s Fox career has been a huge moneymaker for her – image source

Some of them include over 380 episodes of Outnumbered, more than 76 episodes of The Five. She also has regular appearances on other premium Fox News shows like Tucker Carlson Tonight, Media Buzz, and Cavuto on Business. Lisa’s highly valued presence on the media network gave her a considerable net worth, ensuring a financially comfortable life for her family.

Lisa Kennedy Montgomery Has Been Married Since 2000

It is not the part of her life that is most accessible, but we know that Lisa Kennedy has been a married woman since the new millennium. She is married to Dave Lee, a former professional snowboarder whom she dated for several years. Dave is the owner of Signal Snowboards, a venture he co-owns with Kellie Talbot.

The company deals in manufacturing original designs of snowboards. It partners with different artists and other professional snowboarders like Jake Olson, Yusaka Horii, and John Jackson to create unique works.

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Lisa and Dave Lee: image source

Their two decades-plus marriage has produced two children thus far, Pele Valentina Lee and Lotus Kennedy Lee. Their first daughter, Pele, was born on July 1, 2005, and their second, in 2008. Other than appearances on their respective Instagram page, the family mostly stay out of media attention.

Before her relationship with Dave Lee came to be, Lisa Kennedy Montgomery dated Goo Goo Dolls frontman and guitarist, John Rzeznik. Their relationship clearly never went anywhere, but it did produce the chart-topping song, Name, which he wrote about her.


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