Howard Kurtz is the host of the weekly CNN program Reliable Sources, which turns a critical lens on the media. Kurtz leads the scrutinizing of the media's fairness and objectivity by questioning journalists of top news organizations, including those at CNN.
Kurtz is Washington bureau chief of The Daily Beast. In that role he oversees the web sites coverage of Washington and writes about the intersection of politics and the media.
Prior to joining The Daily Beast, Kurtz was the longtime media reporter for The Washington Post, where he wrote a regular column called Media Notes. He joined the newspaper in 1981, after the demise of The Washington Star, and covered urban affairs, the Justice Department and Capitol Hill. He also served as The Washington Post's New York bureau chief. He has covered the media since 1990.
Kurtz is the author of five books on the media. His most recent is Reality Show: Inside the Last Great Television War (Free Press). He is also the author The Fortune Tellers: Inside Wall Streets Game of Money, Media and Manipulation (Free Press), Spin Cycle: Inside the Clinton Propaganda Machine (Free Press), a New York Times best-selling book about how the Clinton White House dealt with scandal and the press. Kurtz also has written Hot Air: All Talk All the Time, described by The New Yorker as "the definitive book on the talk show explosion." His first book, Media Circus: The Trouble with America's Newspapers, was voted the best recent book about the media by American Journalism Review in 1995.
Kurtz has written for Vanity Fair, The New Republic, The Washington Monthly, New York Magazine, and Columbia Journalism Review.
He is a native of Brooklyn, New York.