Martha MacCallum
MacCallum in 2014
Born (1964-01-31) January 31, 1964 (age 60)
EducationSt. Lawrence University (BA)
Circle in the Square Theatre School (GrDip)
OccupationHost of The Story with Martha MacCallum" (Fox News Channel)
EmployerFox Entertainment
Daniel Gregory
(m. 1992)

Martha Bowes MacCallum[2] (born January 31, 1964) is an American journalist and news host for Fox News. She is the host of The Story with Martha MacCallum, broadcast from Manhattan. MacCallum joined the network in 2004. Her interviews with President Barack Obama, General David Petraeus, Arizona Senator and 2008 Republican presidential nominee John McCain, New Jersey governor Chris Christie, First Lady Laura Bush, and others have been featured on her programs.

Early life

MacCallum interviewing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in October 2019

Martha MacCallum, the daughter of Elizabeth B. and Douglas C. MacCallum, Jr., was born and grew up in Wyckoff, New Jersey. After graduating from Ramapo High School in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey,[2][3] MacCallum earned her bachelor's degree in political science from St. Lawrence University in the North Country of New York State, and subsequently studied at the Circle in the Square Theatre School on Broadway, founding the Miranda Theater Company in New York. MacCallum next worked as an associate in corporate relations at Dow Jones & Company.[2][4]

Broadcasting career

MacCallum was at Wall Street Journal Television from 1991 to 1996, where she served as a business news correspondent and anchor for The Wall Street Journal Report, World Market Outlook, and Business USA. In 1996, she moved to WBIS-TV, a short-lived sports and business station in New York, as an anchor and reporter.

MacCallum was next a reporter/anchor for NBC/CNBC. She frequently contributed to The News with Brian Williams, Today, NBC affiliate news programs, and CNBC World before being assigned to co-anchor CNBC's Morning Call with Martha MacCallum and Ted David. She also appeared on Checkpoint, an evening show which examined homeland security and the War on Terror. MacCallum created the series "Inside the Business" for Business Center, a former CNBC show.

Fox News

MacCallum joined the Fox News Channel in 2004. She hosted The Live Desk from 2006 to 2010 and America's Newsroom from 2010 to 2017. MacCallum hosted the new program, The First 100 Days, on Fox News Channel, which debuted January 9, 2017. It was created as a replacement for Tucker Carlson Tonight when that program moved to the time slot formerly occupied by The Kelly File after Megyn Kelly's departure.[5] On April 28, 2017, the show was rebranded as The Story with Martha MacCallum.[6] At the close of 2020, upstart Newsmax surged while MacCallum and Fox plunged in the ratings. She was demoted on January 11, when her show "The Story" was moved from the prime 7 p.m. ET time-slot to the 3 p.m. ET time-slot.[7]

In addition to hosting The Story, MacCallum serves as a fill in host on programs such as America's Newsroom, The Faulkner Focus, Outnumbered, and The Five.

MacCallum and Bret Baier moderate a town hall with President Donald Trump in 2020

After a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, MacCallum initially said, “This is a huge victory for these protesters. They have disrupted the system in an enormous way!”[8][9] Later on during coverage of the events she called them "unsettling" and stated that "control has to be maintained."[9] She likened the storming of the U.S. Capitol to a peaceful protest outside Josh Hawley's home a few days earlier; The New York Times said it was "bizarre" to link "swarms of Trump supporters breaking into the seat of democracy, an event that made worldwide news, to a small-scale incident at the home of a Republican official."[10]

MacCallum is a two-time recipient of the Gracie Award for Women in Journalism[11] and has received the Soldiersocks Commitment To Serve award.[12] Some have also been critical of her for using the term 'China Virus' for COVID-19.

In 2021, assisted by Ronald J. Drez, she published a book titled "Unknown Valor," incorporating the personal stories of several United States Marines into the larger story of the Pacific Campaign.

In July 2023, Fox News announced that MacCallum would be interviewing Buster Murdaugh, the last living son of Alex Murdaugh, who was convicted of murdering his wife Maggie Murdaugh and son Paul in June 2021. She will be presenting the interview in a new Fox Nation series entitled The Fall of the House of Murdaugh. The program is set to debut on September 12.[13]

Personal life

Martha MacCallum married Dan Gregory on 22 August 1992, at St. Elizabeth Church in Wyckoff, New Jersey. Together, they have 3 children, two sons and a daughter.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "Greg Gutfeld Show (7:42)". 8/30/21. Archived from the original on September 1, 2021. Retrieved August 31, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d "Weddings; Ms. MacCallum, Daniel J. Gregory". The New York Times. August 23, 1992. Retrieved September 29, 2010.
  3. ^ Rohan, Virginia (November 13, 2005). "Professional juggler". The Record (Bergen County). Archived from the original on July 30, 2013. Retrieved October 12, 2014. I'm sort of half in one world, half in the other at this point of the day, says MacCallum, a Wyckoff native who has lived in Ridgewood since her elder son was 2 weeks old.... After attending Sicomac School and Ramapo High School, MacCallum moved on to St. Lawrence University, majoring in political science.
  4. ^ "Ms. MacCallum Plans Wedding". The New York Times. April 19, 1992. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  5. ^ "Tucker Carlson takes over Megyn Kelly's slot, Martha MacCallum gets new show". Fox News. January 5, 2017. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  6. ^ "Tucker Carlson leads new Fox News prime time lineup". Fox News. April 21, 2017.
  7. ^ Brian Stelter (January 11, 2021). "Fox News removes one of its only nighttime hours of news coverage". CNN. Retrieved January 11, 2021.
  8. ^ "After Deadly Capitol Riot, Fox News Stays Silent On Stars' Incendiary Rhetoric". NPR. Retrieved January 16, 2021.
  9. ^ a b "Fox News: 'Peaceful' MAGA Mob Storming Capitol Is 'Huge Victory'". Daily Beast. Retrieved January 6, 2020.
  10. ^ Grynbaum, Michael M.; Koblin, John; Hsu, Tiffany (January 6, 2021). "TV Networks Shift From Coverage of Electoral Tally to Storming of Capitol". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved January 16, 2021.
  11. ^ "Martha MacCallum". Fox News. May 19, 2021. Retrieved May 19, 2021.
  12. ^ MacCallum, Martha (December 18, 2014). "Martha MacCallum accepts award from SoldierSocks". Fox News. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  13. ^ "Media Relations | Fox News". Retrieved July 11, 2023.