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Morgan Ortagus on Fox News [12]

Morgan Deann Ortagus (born July 10, 1982) is a policy​ and national security​ analyst based out of New York City.​ She often features as guest host/contributor on Fox News and Fox Business​​. Ortagus is currently an Executive Director in Ernst and Young (EY)'s Geostrategic Business Group and a United States Navy Reserve​ Officer. [2]​ [3]​ [4]​ [35]

Biography

Early Life

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Morgan Ortagus competing in a beauty pageant

Morgan Ortagus is originally from Auburndale, Florida​. She is the daughter of Denise C. Ortagus and Ronald E. Ortagus. Her father owns two Florida franchise locations of ServiceMasters, a cleanup and restoration company while her mother is the office manager​ for the business. [6]

 

Growing up, Morgan Ortagus competed in beauty pageants​ so she could win scholarships to help pay for her college tuition​. She came third runner up in the Miss Florida​ beauty pageant winning a $3,000 scholarship. She previously won the Miss Orange Blossom, Miss Florida Citrus pageants, Miss Auburndale, and Miss Teen Auburndale pageants. [7]

 

Morgan Ortagus began volunteering with organizations like SAAD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)​ and (MADD Mothers Against Drunk Driving)​ at the age of 13 after her pageant mentor, Malina Price-Bos of Auburndale, was killed by a drunk driver​. [7]

Personal Life

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Morgan Ortagus and her husband Jonathan Weinberger [25]

On Saturday, May 11, 2013, Morgan Ortagus married her husband Jonathan Ross Weinberger. They were married by Supreme Court Justice​, Ruth Bader Ginsburg​ in her chambers at the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C​. In the evening, Rabbi​ Kenneth B. Block led a Jewish wedding​ ceremony at the Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, D.C​. [6]

 

Morgan Ortagus' previous marriage ended in divorce​. [6]

 

Morgan Ortagus is passionate about singing and wanted to be a professional opera singer​ in college. Although it didn't work out and decided to go into politics she still passionate about operas. Ortagus is a patron​ of the Met Opera​ and the Kennedy Center​. In 2018, she began taking voice lessons​ again for fun and as a form of therapy​. [36]

Education

Morgan Ortagus is a graduate of Florida Southern College​, obtaining a Bachelor of Science​ in Political Science​, cum laude​. In May 2013, she graduated from Johns Hopkins University​ with a dual Masters of Business Administration​/Masters of Arts​ in Government​. She also earned an honors thesis from Johns Hopkins University for her research on Counterinsurgency​. [2]

Career

In early 2016, Morgan Ortagus joined Ernst and Young (EY) as a Global Executive Director. She then launched EY's geopolitical initiative, the Geostrategic Business Group, where she serves as the group’s External Director. Ortagus is also currently a United States Navy Reserve​ Officer. [2]

 

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Morgan Ortagus on Fox News​ [25]

Morgan Ortagus frequently appears on Fox News and Fox Business as a contributor or guest host, lending her national security and policy experience. She has appeared on Fox News and Fox Business shows including OutnumberedFox and Friends FirstBulls & Bears​, ​The Greg Gutfeld Show​, Fox News Specialists​, Fox and Friends​, Cashin' In​, Making Money With Charles Payne, Mornings with Maria BartiromoCavuto on Business​, and Lou Dobbs Tonight​. [10]​​ [9]

 

Morgan Ortagus is a Johns Hopkins University Leadership Fellow; a member of the Center for a New American Security​Council and Future of Sanctions Task Force; a member of the Institute for the Study of War​’s Advancement Committee; a member of the Women’s Democracy Network Advisory Council for the International Republican Institute​; the National Co-Chair of Maverick PAC; a board member to the Elizabeth Dole​ Foundation; and a board member to the Friends of the American University of Afghanistan​. Additionally, Ms. Ortagus serves as an Advisor to Concordia​, where she contributes to the strategic direction and development of the organization’s diplomacy​ and national security ​programming. [2]

 

Previously, Morgan Ortagus was a Global Relationship Manager at Standard Chartered Bank​ in the Public Sector​ Team covering clients in the Africa​, Asia​, and the Middle East​. [2]

 

In 2010, Morgan Ortagus was assigned to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia​ as the Deputy United States Treasury​ Attaché​ to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia​. Ortagus was focused on working with the Saudi Arabian government​ to curb the illicit financial flows​ to and from the Saudi Arabia. Ortagus was the principal liaison from the U.S. Treasury to the banking sector in Saudi Arabia. [2]

 

From 2008-2010, Morgan Ortagus was an intelligence analyst​ at the United States Treasury in the Office of Intelligence and Analysis​, primarily covering the Middle East and North Africa​. She worked to publicly designate individual terrorists on the United Nations 1267 list​. [2]

 

Morgan Ortagus began her government service as a public affairs officer at the United States Agency for International Development​, where in 2007 she spent several months in Baghdad, Iraq​. [2]

 

In 2006, Morgan Ortagus worked as a press secretary​ for K. T. McFarland​ who was a United States Senate​ candidate at the time. [8]

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