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Her most important job is being "her kid's mom," even though she's also the host of one of the top two national talk radio programs and the only woman to be awarded a Marconi (the radio industry's "Oscar") for syndicated personality.
With her no-nonsense approach, Dr. Laura tells her loyal listeners that ethics and morals are a better basis for making decisions than feelings. She preaches, teaches and nags her callers five days a week on about 400 radio stations across North America about irresponsibility, immoral behavior and indifference, urging them to act with courage, conscience and character. Despite this counter-culture message, Dr. Laura's listeners swelled to more than 15 million in five years-the fastest growth of a syndicated radio show ever, now in its sixth year.
"My show is not about mental health,' she says. "It's about moral health. I don't give advice. I give my never-to-be-humble opinion," she laughingly adds.
Her opinion is unfailingly consistent with the moral and ethical teachings of the Judeo-Christian tradition, which she embraces unapologetically. She stresses the importance of religion in her life and recommends that her listeners re-commit to the religious tradition of their upbringing, or embrace one in their adult life, as she has done.
A forceful children's advocate, Dr. Laura stressed that their welfare must be their parents' top priority. By welfare, she means their emotional, spiritual and moral development, not just their economic well-being. Her efforts in this area were recognized by Childhelp USA with the "Children's Friend" award in 1996 and the "Love of a Child" award in 1998.
To further help children, in 1998 she established "The Dr. Laura Schlessinger Foundation," which reaches out to abused and neglected children through the "My Stuff" bag program. Several thousand individual bags have been filled with blankets, toys, toiletries, books, etc., and delivered to crisis care centers across the U.S. and Canada for children removed from dangerous home situations.
Dr. Laura also reaches people through millions of copies of her best-selling books, including, Parenthood by Proxy, Don't Have Them if You Won't Raise Them (2000); The Ten Commandments: The Significance of God's Laws in Everyday Life (1998); and many others.
She is the editor-in-chief of her own monthly magazine, Dr. Laura Perspective. Dr. Laura has been featured on national television shows such as "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "A&E Biography," "Larry King Live," "Dateline," "The Today Show," "CBS This Morning," "48 Hours," "Good Morning America" and more. She has also been featured in major newspapers and magazines, including TIME, People, The New York Times Magazine, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal and U.S. News and World Report.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, Dr. Laura received her bachelor's degree in biological sciences from SUNY Stonybrook, and her master's and doctorate in physiology from Columbia University. She holds a post-doctoral certificate in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling (MFCC) from the University of Southern California.
She shares her success and her life with husband Dr. Lewis G. Bishop and their 16-year-old son Deryk.