While at Fox News Channel Van Susteren has interviewed President Bill Clinton, President George H. W. Bush, President George W. Bush, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, then-Senator Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates as well as many other notable cabinet members, U.S. Senators, members of Congress, governors and spiritual leaders, including Reverend Billy Graham. She has traveled to places such as North Korea, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Israel, India, Peru, Germany, Sudan, South Sudan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and China to cover international news stories. Van Susteren also traveled with First Lady Laura Bush on her tour of the Middle East to raise awareness for breast cancer and has interviewed world leaders including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
Greta has been actively involved in many charitable projects, including those sponsored by Samaritan’s Purse, a multifaceted charitable nondenominational Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world, helping meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine. In 2010, Greta raised awareness and funds for the cholera epidemic in Haiti. Her advocacy for the people of Haiti helped save thousands of lives. Samaritan’s Purse’s Haitian relief project The Greta Home and Academy, named after Greta, is dedicated to providing a Christian environment for orphans and vulnerable children in the Léogâne community in Haiti.
Van Susteren has interviewed prominent figures in the entertainment and sports industries including Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Gary Sinise, Katharine McPhee, Kim Kardashian, Brett Favre, Mike Tyson, Joe Theismann, Drew Brees and Mike Ditka. She maintains an active social media presence and engages with viewers daily on her blog GretaWire. Van Susteren also hosted the popular podcast Greta Talk.
Prior to joining FNC, Van Susteren served as host of CNN's prime-time news and analysis show, The Point with Greta Van Susteren. She also co-hosted the network's daily legal program, Burden of Proof. Van Susteren joined CNN in 1991 as a legal analyst and, during her tenure with the network, contributed analysis to high-profile cases including the O.J. Simpson criminal and civil trials and the Elian Gonzalez custody battle. She also played an integral role in the legal analysis of CNN's coverage of Election 2000, for which she earned the American Bar Association's Presidential Award for Excellence in Journalism.
Van Susteren has represented various clients in civil and criminal cases during her career as a trial attorney. In addition to arguing cases in federal appellate courts and state supreme courts, she is the author of a chapter on witness and client representation in Federal Enforcement 1992: Defense Strategies for Winning White Collar Trial.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin, Van Susteren received a bachelor's degree with distinction in economics. She earned a Juris Doctor from Georgetown Law in 1979 and a Master of Law from the school in 1982. Van Susteren was the first Stuart Stiller Fellow at Georgetown Law Center and was awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree from Georgetown Law School. She served as an adjunct professor at the Law Center from 1984 through 1999.
Van Susteren sits on the Board of Directors at the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and was dubbed one of the world's 100 most powerful women by Forbes Magazine. She is the recipient of the 2015 Excellence in Media Award from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Van Susteren was also awarded both the 2000-2001 Sandra Day O'Connor Medal of Honor from Seton Hall University and the 2001 American Bar Association Presidential Award for "Excellence in journalism.” She is also the recipient of the first place 2002 National Headliners Award as part of an investigative team covering the "Attack on America."
In addition, Van Susteren is the co-author of My Turn at The Bullypulpit: Straight Talk About The Things That Drive Me Nuts. Greta is married to John P. Coale and lives in Washington, D.C.
- A Conversation with Greta Van Susteren