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Who is Larry Elder?

Larry Elder, born April 27, 1952, is an American conservative talk radio host, author, politician, and attorney who hosts The Larry Elder Show.

The show began as a local program on the Los Angeles radio station KABC in 1993 and ran until 2008, followed by a second run on KABC from 2010 to 2014. The show is nationally syndicated, first through ABC Radio Networks from 2002 to 2007 and then Salem Media Group since 2015.

Elder has written nonfiction books and a nationally syndicated column through Creators Syndicate. Elder is currently a candidate for Governor of California, running as a Republican to replace Democrat Gavin Newsom in the 2021 California gubernatorial recall election. Elder’s candidacy in the recall election is his first run for public office.

Larry Elder Biography, Wiki

Larry Elder was born in 1952, the second of Randolph and Viola Elder’s three sons. At the time, the family lived in the largely Latino Pico-Union district of Los Angeles.

Elder’s father, Randolph, was on his own from the age of 13 and worked a variety of jobs. He enlisted in the military and served as a cook in the Philippines during World War II. Following the end of the war, he was refused employment as a short-order cook many times because he had no references. Elder’s father moved to California and worked several jobs at once to support his family.

He also attended night school to earn his GED. By his early forties, he had saved enough to open his own café, which he successfully owned and operated near downtown Los Angeles for 30 years. In his book Tribute to My Father, Elder wrote, “A tougher life I have rarely come across. Yet he never hated, he was never bitter, he never condemned his circumstances, and he always said there are very few problems that cannot be solved.”

Elder’s mother, Viola, was also a strong role model. Elder told Reason, “My mother had one year of college, which for a black woman of her age…is like having a Ph.D. from Harvard. She was an avid reader and she always worked with me. My mother told me that I was going to go to Stanford when I was in third or fourth grade.” When Larry was seven, the family moved to the South-Central neighborhood where they still reside.

Larry Elder was a studious child who was often picked on by bullies until a friend encouraged him to stand his ground. He graduated with honors from Crenshaw High School in 1970, having taken additional advanced courses at Fairfax High. He entered Brown University in the fall of 1970.

While Elder readily admits that affirmative action gave him a boost to Ivy League status, he also points out that he did very well on his SATs. “I graduated number seven in a high school class of 250…. I certainly would’ve gotten into a competitive school regardless of my race…. What it Jaffirmative action] did for me was to kick me from one level into another level,” he told Reason

“I am prepared to admit that I benefited from affirmative action. I am not prepared to admit that I would have been jobless, homeless, and illiterate had affirmative action not been in effect.” Elder earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Brown University in 1974, and then obtain a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1977.

BornLaurence Allen Elder
April 27, 1952 (age 69)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
EducationBrown University (BA)University of Michigan (JD)
OccupationRadio show hostWriterAttorney
Political partyRepublican
WebsiteRadio website
Campaign website

Larry Elder Career

Following his graduation from law school, Elder took a position with the Cleveland law firm of Squire, Sanders and Dempsey, which was the ninth-largest law firm in the country at the time. He excelled there as a corporate trial lawyer, but soon tired of the regimented promotional system. 

“I wanted to make more money and I wanted to make it faster,” he explained to Reason. “I thought I was more talented and should be accelerated much faster.” Accepting that swift advancement was not a reality for anyone in the legal field, Elder decided to switch gears.

Three years after joining Squire, Sanders, and Dempsey, he left the firm and established Laurence A. Elder and Associates, an executive headhunting firm specializing in attorney placement. He would own this firm for the next 15 years.

Turning day-to-day operations over to his second in command after six or seven years, Elder switched gears yet again. He began to devote his time to reading and writing, pursuits he had had little time for in the past. He read many of the literary classics, such as Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.

Elder wrote op-ed pieces for local newspapers, pieces which were eventually published. He auditioned for the co-host slot of a local television show on PBS and was hired. Elder hosted his own television talk show for the next six years.

Larry Elder Radio Career

In 1994, Larry Elder began hosting a weekday evening talk show on the Los Angeles talk radio station KABC. From 2002 to 2007, the show was nationally syndicated by ABC Radio Networks and its news-talk network, ABC News & Talk. After Citadel Broadcasting took over most of ABC’s radio operations in 2007, the syndication of Elder’s show was discontinued in favor of Mark Levin, and the show reverted to a local show in August of that year.

Elder’s final day at KABC was December 12, 2008. He then launched a daily live podcast as well as a webcast in December 2009. On September 27, 2010, Elder returned to KABC.

On December 2, 2014, Elder was fired from KABC following his afternoon broadcast. He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2015.

On June 1, 2015, Elder joined the lineup of CRN Digital Talk Radio Networks. His program is heard from noon to 3 PM on CRN Channel 1 and is replayed from 3 to 6 PM on CRN Channel 5.

In August 2015, The Larry Elder Show began national syndication through the Salem Radio Network, including Los Angeles station KRLA.

Jean Guerrero, in a 2020 interview on NPR, said that Elder had told her that he had invited Stephen Miller on his radio show as a guest a total of 69 times, having been impressed with Miller after he had first called into the show as a high school student. Miller, who cites Elder as an influence, later became a Trump administration official and the architect of Trump’s immigration policies.

Allegations on Larry Elder

Larry Elder’s former fiancée, Alexandra Datig, accused him of abuse. Datig, a longtime former radio producer for Elder, was engaged to Elder from 2013 until 2015. Datig said that Elder had demanded she show devotion by having “Larry’s Girl” tattooed on herself and, during an argument, brandished a gun in a threatening manner. 

After Datig’s allegations became public, The Sacramento Bee editorial board and fellow candidates Kevin Faulconer and Caitlyn Jenner called for Elder to withdraw from the race. Elder has denied Datig’s accusations.

In 2011 episodes of his radio program, Elder said that he had twice been accused of sexual harassment, denying both allegations. In one case, Elder defended himself by implying that the woman was too unattractive for him to sexually harass, saying, “If you had seen her, you would know that the picture would be a complete defense. I’m just saying.”

Larry Elder Books

  • Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card and Lose ISBN 0-312-36733-3
  • The Ten Things You Can’t Say in America ISBN 0-312-28465-9
  • Showdown: Confronting Bias, Lies, and the Special Interests that Divide America ISBN 0-312-32017-5
  • What’s Race Got to Do with It? : Why It’s Time to Stop the Stupidest Argument in America (2009), ISBN 0-312-54147-3 originally titled Stupid Black Men: How to Play the Race Card—and Lose, ISBN 0-312-36733-3.
  • Dear Father, Dear Son: Two Lives…Eight Hours (2012), ISBN 1-936-48845-0

Larry Elder FAQ’s

Who is Larry Elder?

Larry Elder, born April 27, 1952, is an American conservative talk radio host, author, politician, and attorney who hosts The Larry Elder Show.

What is Larry Elder’s age?

Currently, Larry Elder is 69 years old.


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