Lis Wiehl

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Lis Wiehl [1]
Born (1961-08-19) August 19, 1961 (age 58)
Education Barnard College, Columbia University (1983)
University of Queensland (1985)
Harvard Law School (1987)
OccupationTelevision personality, legal expert, author, radio & podcast host, lawyer

Lis Wiehl (born August 19, 1961) is a New York Times bestselling American author of fiction and nonfiction books, and a legal analyst. She is the author of eighteen books, including, most recently, the first in the new trio called The Hunting Series — Hunting Charles Manson: The Quest for Justice in the Days of Helter Skelter, published by Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins.


After working at NBC News and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered , Wiehl moved to the Fox News Channel (FNC) where she served as a legal analyst and reporter for over fifteen years. She has appeared on numerous FNC shows and has been a reporter for, or interviewed on, NPR, CNN, and other media. [2]

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Wiehl earned her Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School, her Master of Arts in Literature from the University of Queensland, and a bachelor's degree from Barnard College, Columbia University. [3]

Juris Doctor graduate-entry professional degree in law

The Juris Doctor degree, also known as the Doctor of Jurisprudence degree, is a graduate-entry professional degree in law and one of several Doctor of Law degrees. The Juris Doctor is earned by completing law school in Australia, Canada, the United States, and some other common law countries. It has the academic standing of a professional doctorate in the United States, a master's degree in Australia, and a second-entry, baccalaureate degree in Canada.

Harvard Law School law school in Cambridge

Harvard Law School is the law school of Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Founded in 1817, it is the oldest continuously operating law school in the United States and one of the most prestigious in the world. It is ranked first in the world by the QS World University Rankings and the ARWU Shanghai Ranking.

A Master of Arts is a person who was admitted to a type of master's degree awarded by universities in many countries, and the degree is also named Master of Arts in colloquial speech. The degree is usually contrasted with the Master of Science. Those admitted to the degree typically study linguistics, history, communication studies, diplomacy, public administration, political science, or other subjects within the scope of the humanities and social sciences; however, different universities have different conventions and may also offer the degree for fields typically considered within the natural sciences and mathematics. The degree can be conferred in respect of completing courses and passing examinations, research, or a combination of the two.

Early life and education

Wiehl was born in Yakima, Washington, [3] and graduated from West Valley High School in Yakima. She received a bachelor's degree from Barnard College, Columbia University in 1983, a Master of Arts in Literature from the University of Queensland in 1985, and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1987. [3] [4]

Yakima, Washington City in Washington, United States

Yakima is a city in and the county seat of Yakima County, Washington, and the state's eleventh-largest city by population. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 91,067 and a metropolitan population of 243,231. The unincorporated suburban areas of West Valley and Terrace Heights are considered a part of greater Yakima.

Barnard College private womens liberal arts college in the United States

Barnard College is a private women's liberal arts college located in Manhattan, New York City. Founded in 1889 by Annie Nathan Meyer, who named it after Columbia University's 10th president, Frederick Barnard, it is one of the oldest women's colleges in the world. The acceptance rate of the Class of 2023 was 11.3%, the most selective and diverse class in the college's 129-year history.

Literature Written work of art

Literature, most generically, is any body of written works. More restrictively, literature refers to writing considered to be an art form or any single writing deemed to have artistic or intellectual value, often due to deploying language in ways that differ from ordinary usage.


After graduating from Harvard Law School, Wiehl practiced law in a private law firm in Seattle, WA (Perkins Coie) where she also wrote by-lined articles on legal issues for the New York Times . From there she went on to become a third generation federal prosecutor (her grandfather and her father — an FBI agent — were also federal prosecutors) in the US Attorney's Office in Seattle. [3] [4] She served as the Deputy Chief Investigative Counsel for Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee during President Clinton’s impeachment. [5] From 1995 to 2001, she was a tenured law professor at the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle, where she ran the Trial Advocacy Program, which won several national awards during her tenure. [4] [6]

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Bill Clinton 42nd president of the United States

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University of Washington School of Law

The University of Washington School of Law is the law school of the University of Washington, located on the northwest corner of the main campus in Seattle, Washington.

During her time at the University of Washington, Wiehl also stepped deeper into journalism by working as a reporter and legal analyst for NPR's All Things Considered and NBC News. [4] She soon came to be in high demand for her commentary.

From 2001 to 2017 Wiehl was a legal analyst for The Fox News Channel; she appeared weekly on The O'Reilly Factor , Your World with Neil Cavuto , The Kelly File with Megyn Kelly, Lou Dobbs Tonight , and the Imus morning shows. Wiehl also hosted the Legal Lis radio show and the Wiehl of Justice podcast. [7] [8]

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In 2005 Wiehl released her first book, Winning Every Time: How to Use the Skills of a Lawyer in the Trials of Your Life. Two years later she released The 51% Minority: How Women Still Are Not Equal and What You Can Do About It which was awarded the 2008 award for Books for a Better Life in the motivational category. [6] Since then, Wiehl has continued to write best-selling books of fiction and non-fiction including, in 2018, the first in the new trio called The Hunting Series — Hunting Charles Manson: The Quest for Justice in the Days of Helter Skelter. [9] [10] [11]

Wiehl was the co-host of WOR Tonight With Joe Concha & Lis Wiehl on 710 WOR [12] and she is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School. She continues to appear in the media as a legal expert and commentator for organizations including CNN, CBS, NBC, and NPR among others. Lis Wiehl lectures at colleges and universities, appears as a keynote speaker, and speaks at bookstores, conferences, and literary festivals. [2] [7] [8] [11] [13] [14] [15] [16]

Bill O'Reilly settlement

The New York Times reported that Wiehl made sexual harassment allegations against Bill O'Reilly in early 2017 and received a $32 million settlement from him. Fox News was not a party to this settlement and regarded it as a personal issue between O'Reilly and Wiehl. They claim they were not informed of the amount of money involved. Wiehl signed an affidavit on January 17, 2017, stating that she and O'Reilly had settled their dispute. Her allegations and affidavit referred to repeated sexual harassment, a nonconsensual sexual relationship, and sexually explicit e-mails that O'Reilly had sent to her. O'Reilly claims that he forwarded these e-mails to Wiehl, who was working as his lawyer, as part of a process where he would forward any threatening e-mails he received to his lawyers. [17]


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