Thom Hartmann

Thom Hartmann Bio, Age, Education, Career, Books And Net Worth.

Thom Hartmann born Thomas Carl Hartmann is an American radio personality, author, former psychotherapist, businessman, and progressive political commentator. He has been hosting a nationally syndicated radio show, The Thom Hartmann Program, since 2003 and hosted a nightly television show, The Big Picture, between 2010 and September 2017.

Thom Hartmann Biography

Thom Hartmann born Thomas Carl Hartmann is an American radio personality, author, former psychotherapist, businessman, and progressive political commentator. He has been hosting a nationally syndicated radio show, The Thom Hartmann Program, since 2003 and hosted a nightly television show, The Big Picture, between 2010 and September 2017.

Thom Hartmann

Thom Hartmann Age

Thomas Carl Hartmann was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S. on May 7, 1951.

Thom Hartmann Family

Hartmann was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on 7th May 1951. He is one of four children of Jean and Carl Thomas Hartmann. His paternal grandparents were from Norway. He lived in Detroit at age two and later grew up in Lansing, Michigan.

From a young age, he was interested in politics and was raised in a conservative, Midwestern household with a right-wing point of view. He campaigned with his staunch-Republican father for Barry Goldwater during the 1964 presidential election when he was thirteen. Although a “gifted” student, he was expelled from high school during tenth grade and later earned a GED

Hartmann first enrolled at Lansing Community College and later transferred to Michigan State University, majoring in electrical engineering. In 1968, he opened his first business, a repair shop named “The Electronics Joint” located next to Michigan State University and became a part-time disc jockey at local country music station WITL-FM.

Hartmann together with Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), protested against the Vietnam War. He had also been interested in consciousness and spirituality since childhood, and by 1969 his interest had gone from hippie subculture to Christian mysticism. It was during that year that he met the head of the Coptic Center, Master Stanley. In 1971 he was ordained as a Minister with Coptic Fellowship International. He has been a keynote speaker at many Coptic Conferences nationally.

In 1973, Hartmann returned to Detroit to work as an engineer with RCA.

Thom Hartmann Wife

He is a married man. He met his wife Louise in the late 1960s. They have been married for over 45 years and have three children. He is a vegetarian since he was a teenager.

Thom Hartmann Career

Business career

Hartmann began his business career in the early 1970s while in his 20s, he co-founded The Woodley Herber Company. Woodley Herber sold herbal products, potpourris and teas, and operated until 1978. It was during this time that he obtained three degrees in herbology and homeopathic medicine. He later moved to New Hampshire to start The New England Salem Children’s Village, which still operates in Rumney, New Hampshire.

He was its Executive Director for five years, and on the board of directors for more than 25 years. NESCT’s child-care model was based on that of the German Salem International organization, and through his affiliation with that group, he helped start international relief programs in Uganda, Colombia, Russia, Israel, India, Australia, and several other countries between 1979 and today.

He also founded the International Wholesale Travel and its retail subsidiary Sprayberry Travel in Atlanta in 1983. This business, in the intervening years, has generated over a quarter of a billion dollars in revenue. According to their website, Sprayberry Travel was lauded by the Wall Street Journal in 1984 for being one of the early adopters of frequent travel programs analogous to the recently initiated frequent flyer programs of the airline industry. In 1986, he sold his share in the business and retired with his family to Germany to work with the international relief organization Salem International.

In the late 1970s, he had been a trainer in advertising and marketing for The American Marketing Centers (now defunct), and in 1987 after returning from Germany, he founded the Atlanta advertising agency Chandler, MacDonald, Stout, Schneiderman & Poe, Inc., which did business as The Newsletter Factory. He sold his interest in that company in 1996 and retired to Vermont.

 Radio Career

Having worked as a DJ and news director at Lansing radio stations from 1968 to 1978, Hartmann started a radio show in February 2003 on a local station in Vermont. A month later it was picked up on the I.E. America Radio Network and on Sirius Satellite Radio. In 2005, he moved from Vermont to Oregon, in addition to continuing his national show, he also co-hosted a local talk show in Portland, Oregon (with Carl Wolfson, the late Heidi Tauber, and later Christine Alexander), from 2005 until early 2007 on KPOJ.
In 2007, his national program, on the air since 2003 and now in the noon to 3 PM ET daypart, was chosen by Air America to replace Al Franken on most Air America affiliates. From 2008 to 2011, Talkers Magazine rated Hartmann as the most popular liberal talk show host in America, rising from number 10 among all talk show hosts in 2008 to number 8 in 2011 and 2015.
According to his then-syndicator Dial Global, more people listened to Hartmann’s show on more stations than any other progressive talk show in America. The Thom Hartmann Program is estimated by industry magazine Talkers to have 2.75 million unique listeners per week.
As of March 2016, the show was carried on 80 terrestrial radio stations in 37 states as well as on Sirius and XM satellite radio. A community radio station in Africa, Radio Builsa in Ghana, also broadcasts the show. Various local cable TV networks simulcast the program. In addition to Westwood One, the show is now also offered via Pacifica Audioport to non-profit stations in a non-profit compliant format and is simulcast on Dish Network channel 9415 and DirecTV channel 348 via Free Speech TV. The program is carried on Radio Sputnik in London, England.
Many guests appear on the show expressing a variety of points of view on diverse social and political topics. Some guests give progressive views similar to Hartmann’s, but more than half are conservatives, libertarians, or Ayn Rand Institute members who espouse opposing views. Due to his eagerness to invite people who disagree with him, vigorous discussion and debate between the host and guests usually ensues; “My goal in my conversations with conservatives is not to create a spectacle, and not to win the argument, not to prove that I’m the smartest guy in the room or that I’m a tough warrior and I can smack down people.” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) appears every Friday during the first hour of the show titled “Brunch with Bernie”.
Other regular phone-in guests include Congressmen Mark Pocan (Mid-day with Mark) and Ro Khanna, both members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. Ellen Ratner of the Talk Radio News Service provides Washington commentary daily. Victoria Jones who is the White House correspondent for Talk Radio News Service appears occasionally as does Dr. Ravi Batra an economics professor at SMU.

TV program

Hartmann hosted a one-hour daily TV show at 7PM ET Monday to Friday, The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann, which was editorially directed by his wife and broadcast from the Washington D.C. studios of the RT news network. He co-produced the program with RT, who provided studio and carriage, while Hartmann retained full editorial control of his programming. RT licenses his program to Free Speech TV, which broadcasts it on Dish Network, DirecTV, and on selected local-origination and Public-access television cable TV channels.
After hosting the program for seven years, he announced his departure as a host on September 29, 2017. He introduced and interviewed the new host of the program, Holland Cooke.

As a Writer

Hartmann is a writer who has published more than twenty books on diverse topics. One of The titles that won the most critical acclaim is The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight. In 1999 he was invited by the Dalai Lama to spend a week in Dharamsala after the Dalai Lama finished reading this book. He won the Project Censored Award in 2004 for Unequal Protection.

In 1998 he was invited to meet Pope John Paul II, as a result of a book on spirituality, The Prophet’s Way.

In the 1970s, he was trained in Neuro-Linguistic Programming by Richard Bandler. Hence he is licensed by Bandler’s Society of NLP as both an NLP Practitioner and an NLP Trainer, and Bandler wrote the foreword to his book Healing ADD. Hartmann popularized some of its concepts in Cracking the Code of 2007, which argues that Newt Gingrich and Frank Luntz made use of them in the 1980s and 1990s for Republican Party causes and advocates using them to advance liberalism. His book Healing ADD also leans heavily on NLP techniques. He Co-authored with Lamar Waldron, in Ultimate Sacrifice which was released in 2005. It states that the Mafia ordered the assassination of John F. Kennedy and that Lee Harvey Oswald was a CIA agent and patsy

He was one of several contributors to Air America, the Playbook, a 300-plus page collection of essays, transcripts, and interviews by liberal radio personalities. It was published shortly before the 2006 Congressional elections and was on The New York Times Best Seller List for October 8, 2006.

In September 2013, he was granted an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Goddard College in Port Townsend, Washington. According to President Barbara Vacarr, “Thom’s work as a journalist, author, and community activist is a living example of the very mission of Goddard College and what our students are committed to—advancing cultures of rigorous inquiry, collaboration and lifelong learning, where individuals take imaginative and responsible action in the world.”

Hartmann has also served on the board of Voqal, a collaboration of EBS licensees working to advance social equity, since 2009.

Thom Hartmann Books


He has authored more than 20 books including:

  • 1992 (first edition): ADD: A Different Perception. Underwood Books. ISBN 1-887424-14-8.
  • 1993: The Best of the Desktop Publishing Forum on CompuServe. Peachpit Press. ISBN 1-56609-064-4.
  • 1994: ADHD Secrets of Success: Coaching Yourself to Fulfillment in the Business World. Select Books. ISBN 1-59079-017-0.
  • 1994: Focus Your Energy: Hunting for Success in Business. Pocket Books. ISBN 0-671-51689-2.
  • 1995: ADD Success Stories. Underwood Books. ISBN 1-887424-03-2.
  • 1996: Beyond ADD. Underwood Books. ISBN 1-887424-12-1.
  • 1996: Think Fast!. Underwood Books. ISBN 1-887424-08-3. by Thom Hartmann and Jane Bowman, with Susan Burgess
  • 1997 (2004 revised ed.): Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight. Three Rivers Press. ISBN 1-4000-5157-6.
  • 1998 (2004 revised ed.): The Prophet’s Way. Park Street Press. ISBN 0-89281-198-6.
  • 1998: Healing ADD. Underwood Books. ISBN 1-887424-37-7.
  • 2000: Thom Hartmann’s Complete Guide to ADHD: Help for Your Family at Home, School and Work. Underwood Books. ISBN 1-887424-52-0.
  • 2000: The Greatest Spiritual Secret of the Century. Hampton Roads. ISBN 1-57174-166-6.
  • 2003: The Edison Gene. Park Street Press. ISBN 0-89281-128-5.
  • 2004: What Would Jefferson Do?. Harmony Books. ISBN 1-4000-5208-4.
  • 2004: We the People: A Call to Take Back America. Coreway Media, Inc. ISBN 1-882109-38-4.
  • 2004 (revised ed.): Unequal Protection. Rodale Books. ISBN 1-57954-955-1.
  • 2005: Ultimate Sacrifice: John and Robert Kennedy, the Plan for a Coup in Cuba, and the Murder of JFK. Carroll & Graf. ISBN 0-7867-1441-7. by Lamar Waldron, with Thom Hartmann
  • 2006: Screwed: The Undeclared War Against The Middle Class and What We Can Do About It. Berrett-Koehler. ISBN 1-57675-414-6.
  • 2006: Walking Your Blues Away: Practical Bilateral Therapies for Healing the Mind and Optimizing Emotional Well-Being. Park Street Press. ISBN 1-59477-144-8.
  • 2007: Cracking The Code: How to Win Hearts, Change Minds, and Restore America’s Original Vision. Berrett-Koehler. ISBN 978-1-57675-458-0.
  • 2008: Legacy of Secrecy: The Long Shadow of the JFK Assassination (by Lamar Waldron with Thom Hartmann). Counterpoint. ISBN 1-58243-535-9.
  • 2009: Threshold: The Crisis of Western Culture. Viking. ISBN 0-670-02091-5.
  • 2010 (second edition): Unequal Protection: How Corporations Became “People” – And How You Can Fight Back. Berrett-Koehler. ISBN 1-60509-559-1.
  • 2011: Rebooting the American Dream: 11 Ways to Rebuild Our Country. Berrett-Koehler. ISBN 978-1-60509-706-0.
  • 2013: The Crash of 2016: The Plot to Destroy America—and What We Can Do to Stop It.
  • 2013: The Last Hours of Humanity: Warming the World to Extinction. Waterfront Digital Press. ISBN 978-1-939116-47-5.
  • June 2019: The Hidden History Of Guns And The Second Amendment Penguin Random House ISBN 9781523085996

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Thom is a renowned American radio personality, author, former psychotherapist, businessman, and progressive political commentator. His net worth is still under review but will be updated as soon as it’s clear.

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