University of Missouri
Charles Gasparino is an American journalist, blogger, occasional radio host. He frequently serves as panelist on the Fox Business Network program segment The Cost of Freedom and the stocks/business news program Cashin' In.
Early life and education
Gasparino was previously a senior writer for Newsweek, where he covered politics, Wall Street, and corporate America. Among other stories, he broke the news of the controversial pay package of former New York Stock Exchange chairman Richard Grasso, former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik's controversial (and eventually withdrawn) nomination to run the US Department of Homeland Security, and the dispute surrounding former New York Attorney General (and eventual Governor) Eliot Spitzer's crackdown on corporate crime. Before working at Newsweek, Gasparino was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal. During his time at the WSJ he wrote extensively on issues on Wall Street, including pension funds, mutual funds and regulatory issues. He won the New York Press Club award for coverage of Wall Street research scandals. Gasparino then moved to cable business network CNBC where he reported extensively on Wall Street. During the financial crisis of 2008-2009, Gasparino played a major role in CNBC's coverage, breaking a number of stories, including the news that the U.S. Government was going to bail out insurer AIG, as well as news of the US government's broader bailout of the financial system, the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).
Gasparino, known for being highly combative on-air (Marketwatch described him as "Fox's Rocky Balboa"), was reported in The Washington Post as saying that "[his] job was to rip the lungs out of the competition for Fox Business Network." A Financial Times profile of Gasparino illustrates his combativeness, describing him as a "pugnacious pundit Wall Street can't ignore", citing as examples Gasparino's frequent run-ins with colleagues, including then-fellow CNBC reporter Dennis Kneale, and cycling star Lance Armstrong. Despite his aggressiveness, his reporting frequently has a dramatic impact on the markets. The Financial Times quotes Goldman Sachs's then-chief spokesman Lucas Van Praag as saying "Most trading floors have CNBC on with the sound turned down, but when Charlie comes on, they listen.... [H]e does move stock prices." Similarly, Gasparino's then-colleague at CNBC Lawrence Kudlow said of him: "He broke some great stories. I give Charlie a lot of credit for having great sources and, to tell you the truth, most of his steers have been good. He has got us ahead of the game."
Move to Fox
In February 2010, Gasparino left CNBC for the fledgling Fox Business Network. In addition to his book writing, Gasparino appears on Fox Business and Fox News Channel with news reports and commentary, as well as contributing regularly to The New York Post and Forbes and online for The Daily Beast, FoxBusiness.com, and the Huffington Post. At Fox, Gasparino has broken stories on, among others, the US government's plans to sell its stake in Citigroup and the government's pressure on Bank of America to shrink itself. In one dig at his former channel, while CNBC was interviewing John Mack, chairman of Morgan Stanley, who declared on air that "[t]his doesn't feel like the crisis that I went through [in 2008], so I feel a lot better about it," Gasparino timed his report of Morgan Stanley's laying off 1,200 workers and closing up to 300 branches so that it aired opposite the interview. Although notably combative towards his former network ("My job is to come up with a scoop (everyday) and promote that scoop," he said. "Just jam it down CNBC's throat every single day."), Gasparino has also spoken highly of his former colleagues, calling Maria Bartiromo "a good reporter," Erin Burnett "a class act -- I used to love doing TV with her," and of Jim Cramer, "I like Jim personally." In response to accusations of being as much a showman as a journalist, Gasparino has said, "You want to be entertaining when you present news. People don't want a droll Charlie Gasparino droning on about Merrill Lynch."
In 2010, Marketwatch named Gasparino one of "12 Broadcasters Who Are Making a Difference", and The Daily Beast called him one of the "Top 15 "Economic and Business Commentators" (and the only television journalist on the list).
Gasparino also posts breaking news updates on Twitter and for several years regularly filled in for John Batchelor on Friday nights as the host of "The John Batchelor Show" on WABC-AM in New York City.
Pulitzer nominee claim
Gasparino's biographical snippets on websites and his own personal statements have occasionally claimed that Gasparino is a Pulitzer Prize nominee. Gasparino was criticized for this by investigative reporter Bill Dedman and others as a misleading claim: while Gasparino was suggested to the Pulitzer Nominating Juries, hundreds of journalists are, and there is no particular esteem in this as anyone can submit anyone else for consideration. When people claim to be a Pulitzer nominee, the usual implication is that the Pulitzer Nominating Jury has deemed them a finalist in that year's competition, which is a prestigious honor, but not one Gasparino attained. Fox Business updated his biography to more precisely say that his work "was submitted for the Pulitzer" rather than being a nominee.
In 2005, Gasparino wrote Blood on the Street: The Sensational Inside Story of How Wall Street Analysts Duped a Generation of Investors, published by Free Press. In November 2007, HarperCollins released Gasparino's second book, King of the Club: Richard Grasso and the Survival of the New York Stock Exchange, which covered the rise and fall of former New York Stock Exchange head Richard Grasso, from the outrage occasioned by his near-$140 million compensation package.
His next book, covering the financial crisis from its inception in the 1970s to the present day, its impact on the economy and on the financial markets, is entitled The Sellout: How Wall Street Greed and Government Mismanagement Destroyed America's Global Financial System, and was published by HarperCollins in November 2009. A The New York Times bestseller, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Library Journal all named it one of the best business books of 2009, and it received the 2009 Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for Books. Gasparino's latest book, Bought and Paid For: The Unholy Alliance Between Barack Obama and Wall Street, was published by Sentinel, a dedicated conservative imprint of publisher Penguin Putnam, on October 5, 2010.
- Blood on the Street. ISBN 978-0-7432-7651-1
- King of the Club. ISBN 978-0-06-089833-5
- The Sellout. ISBN 978-0-06-169716-6
- Bought and Paid For. ISBN 978-1-59523-071-3
- "FoxBusiness.com bio of Gasparino". Fox Business. Archived from the original on March 10, 2010.
- "The Haute Insiders. Charles Gasparino: Guide to New York", Haute Living magazine. Retrieved on 2010-03-10. Archived July 11, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
- Brian Stelter "Fox Business Hires Reporter From CNBC", The New York Times, 2010-02-16. Retrieved on 2010-02-17.
- Jon Friedman, "Charlie Gasparino: Fox's Rocky Balboa", marketwatch.com, 2010-05-05. Retrieved on 2010-06-17.
- Howard Kurtz "Fox Business Lures Gasparino Away From CNBC", The Washington Post, 2010-02-16. Retrieved on 2010-02-17.
- John Gapper "A Pugnacious Pundit Wall Street Can't Ignore", Financial Times, 2009-07-17. Retrieved on 2010-02-17.
- Chris Ariens "Where's Charlie Gasparino?", MediaBistro, 2009-04-15. Retrieved on 2010-02-17. Archived April 20, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
- Charles Gasparino "Regulators Honing in on BofA's Size", foxbusiness.com, 2010-03-10. Retrieved on 2010-03-10. Archived March 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
- Charles Gasparino "U.S. Government May Soon Ease Out of Citi Stake", foxbusiness.com, 2010-03-09. Retrieved on 2010-03-10. Archived March 12, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
- Kevin Allocca, "As CNBC Interviews Morgan Stanley Chairman, FBN's Gasparino Breaks News on the Company", mediabistro.com, 2010-06-07. Retrieved on 2010-06-17. Archived June 11, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
- Jon Friedman, "12 broadcasters who are making a difference", Marketwatch.com, 2010-09-17. Retrieved on 2010-10-07.
- Tunku Varadarajan, "Top Economic and Business Commentators", The Daily Beast, 2010-10-03. Retrieved on 2010-10-07.
- "Charles Gasparino - FOXBusiness.com". www.foxbusiness.com. Archived from the original on 10 March 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2022.
- "Charles Gasparino". HarperCollins Speakers Bureau.
- "Charles Gasparino". Archived from the original on 2018-09-12.
- "Also not a Pulitzer Prize nominee: Charles Gasparino of Fox Business". MSNBC. June 27, 2012.
- Abad-Santos, Alexander (June 27, 2012). "Fox Business' Charles Gasparino Is Today's Fake Pulitzer Prize Nominee". The Atlantic.
- Roche, Julia La. "WHOOPS! Charlie Gasparino Is The Latest To Be Busted For Saying He Was Nominated For A Pulitzer". Business Insider.
- "Frequently Asked Questions". The Pulitzer Prizes.
Nominated Finalists are selected by the Nominating Juries for each category as finalists in the competition. ... We discourage someone saying he or she was 'nominated' for a Pulitzer simply because an entry was sent to us.
- Gasparino, Charles (January 10, 2005). Blood on the Street. ISBN 9780743276511 – via www.simonandschuster.com.
- "King of the Club".
- "The Sellout - Charles Gasparino - Hardcover". HarperCollins Publishers: World-Leading Book Publisher.
- Mark Lasswell "Standout Selections", The Wall Street Journal, 2009-12-18. Retrieved on 2010-02-17.
- Gary Rawlins "Year's best business books to make sense of the financial crisis", USA Today, 2009-12-24. Retrieved on 2010-02-17.
- "Sarah Statz Cords "LJ Best of 2009 Business Books", Library Journal, 2010-03-04. Retrieved on 2010-03-10". Archived from the original on 2010-03-07. Retrieved 2010-03-11.
- "List of IRE Awards winners. Retrieved on 2010-10-07". Archived from the original on 2010-10-30. Retrieved 2010-10-07.
- "Publishers Marketplace: Log In". www.publishersmarketplace.com.
- Gasparino's Twitter page
- Gasparino's articles, video, and blog on FoxBusiness.com
- Gasparino's articles for the Huffington Post
- Gasparino's articles for The Daily Beast
- Appearances on C-SPAN