|Born||August 19, 1961|
Yakima, Washington, U.S.
|Education||Barnard College, Columbia University (1983) |
University of Queensland (1985)
Harvard Law School (1987)
|Occupation||Television 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.
Wiehl was born in Yakima, Washington, 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.
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. She served as the Deputy Chief Investigative Counsel for Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee during President Clinton’s impeachment. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
Wiehl was the co-host of WOR Tonight With Joe Concha & Lis Wiehl on 710 WOR 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.
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.
The Hunting Series (Non-fiction Series)
Erica Sparks Series
Triple Threat Series
The East Salem Trilogy
Mia Quinn Mysteries
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