Margaret Hoover and husband, John Avlon
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Margaret Hoover and husband, John Avlon

Who's Margaret Hoover Married To? All About Her Husband

Jennifer Farrington - Author

Jun. 7 2022, Published 10:51 a.m. ET

Author and media personality Margaret Hoover has developed quite the career. Not only does she host PBS’s Firing Line with Margaret Hoover, but she also serves as a political commentator for CNN. Hoover’s husband, John Avlon, also works at CNN, serving as a senior political analyst and fill-in anchor.

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Keep reading to find out more about Hoover’s husband and how he rose in the ranks.

Margaret Hoover’s husband once served as chief speechwriter to Rudy Guiliani

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John Avlon has held many prominent positions throughout his career as a journalist and political commentator, and there’s a reason for that. At a young age, Avlon landed the role of chief speechwriter for then-NYC mayor Rudy Guiliani.

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In 2001, Avlon was given the responsibility of drafting the eulogies for the first responders to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to his CNN bio.

Additionally, Avlon wrote an essay, "The Resilient City," that later gained recognition as “the single best essay written in the wake of 9/11.” Hoover’s husband has also won 17 journalism awards and authored several books, including Lincoln and the Fight for Peace and Wingnuts: How the Lunatic Fringe is Hijacking America.

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Prior to joining CNN, Avlon worked as managing director at The Daily Beast

Between 2013 and 2018, Avlon lent his talents to The Daily Beast, where he worked as the managing director and editor-in-chief. During his tenure at the media outlet, Avlon helped the website’s traffic “more than double to over one million readers a day,” shares CNN.

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How long have Margaret Hoover and John Avlon been married?

Margaret Hoover, the great-granddaughter of Herbert Hoover (the 31st U.S. president), and Avlon tied the knot in 2009. The pair met in 2008 during Guiliani’s presidential bid, reports The New York Times. At that time, Avlon was still working as the then-mayor’s speechwriter and assisting with his campaign.

Hoover, who was interested in working on Guiliani’s campaign team, flew to N.Y. to interview for the role. Before Hoover and Avlon had the chance to meet, Annie Dickerson allegedly proclaimed that “Ms. Hoover was the woman Mr. Avlon would marry,” though she was in an “unhappy relationship at the time.”

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When it finally came time for the two to formally meet, The New York Times shared that Avlon “was struck by the totality of her.” As the story of their initial encounter continued, it began to sound more like something out of a romance novel.

The two went out for dinner, argued over their views of marriage, and found themselves spending the evening together, though it was purely platonic (there were no available hotel rooms for Hoover).

It was sometime after their initial meeting that the two began dating and eventually wed. A few years after exchanging vows, they welcomed two children: a son in 2013, and a daughter in 2015. Despite their somewhat differing political stances (Hoover is a conservative and Avlon is an independent), the pair seem to be living in bliss.


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