Veteran anchorwoman Greta Van Susteren – a fixture on Fox News – is leaving the network after 14 years, it was announced on September 6.
The surprise announcement was mysterious, coming with no immediate comment from the 62-year-old Appleton, Wisconsin born lawyer turned anchorwoman, who had her own program, On the Record with Greta Van Susteren. It was effective immediately, and anchor Bret Hume will take her place. No reason was immediately given by the network. The announcement came just minutes after Fox revealed it has settled the Gretchen Carlson sexual harassment suit for $20 million.
The news has people asking about Van Susteren’s personal life. Does she have children? Is she married?
Van Susteren is married to a millionaire trial lawyer and her former law partner, John P. Coale. The couple has no biological children together of their own.
However, Coale was previously married. Information is scarce as to his child or children from other marriages, but The Wall Street Journal has written that Van Susteren and Coale have a daughter-in-law who is a realtor.
In 2015, The Wall Street Journal reported that Van Susteren and Coale listed their Annapolis, Maryland home for $1.825 million, a home they had owned since 2010. The Capital Gazette says it sold for $1.05 million.
The newspaper said the couple listed the home with their realtor daughter-in-law, Kathleen Coale, and it added that Greta’s husband is a history buff. On Facebook, John Coale’s only public photo is a picture of him with Greta.
The Washington Post says Greta’s husband made “millions in the tobacco wars” as a lawyer. The Post adds that Coale “attended Kim Kardashian’s wedding and represented Lisa Marie Presley in her divorce from Michael Jackson.”
The couple does frequently post about pets on Twitter. They have a cat named Bill and a dog.
In 2013, Greta revealed that her husband was battling cancer, said The Huffington Post.
Coale calls himself a “Clinton Democrat” but was an adviser to former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain as well as Sarah Palin and was a bundler for Hillary Clinton, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The St. Petersburg Times had reported Greta and her husband were both Scientologists, that they married in 1988, and that it was his third marriage but her first.
The newspaper said he is known as “Bhopal Coale” for his legal work on behalf of the victims “of the 1984 Union Carbide Corp. poison gas leak that killed more than 2,000 people.”
Van Susteren’s net worth is reported to be $35 million.
In a 2006 blog post, Coale wrote that he was “an active supporter of the Democratic Party and its causes,” adding that he “worked closely with the Clinton administration on the issues of tobacco control and reformation of gun laws. John is also a staunch supporter of women’s rights and equality, something that has earned him a position on the editorial board for Ms. Magazine; John is the only male ever to have served in this capacity.”