(1979-01-29) January 29, 1979
|Alma mater||B.A., Wagner College
M.A., Columbia University
|Occupation||Author, television personality|
Jeremy Scher (m. 2018)
A. Jedediah Louisa Bila (born January 29, 1979) is an American television host, author, and columnist. A self-identified libertarian-conservative, she is known for her 2016–2017 role as a co-host of ABC‘s The View and as a Fox News contributor on shows such as The Five, Red Eye and Outnumbered.
Bila was born in Brooklyn, New York, and grew up on Staten Island. From a young age, she was exposed to political discourse amongst her family, who encouraged her to form her own opinions and debate the issues. Bila is of Italian and Sicilian descent.
In 2000, Bila graduated as valedictorian from Wagner College, with a B.A. in Spanish. She subsequently earned an M.A. in Spanish literature from Columbia University. Post graduation, Bila toyed with the idea of becoming an actress, as her mother ran a performing arts studio. However, she ultimately decided to teach and in 2005, she began teaching in New York. Over the years, she taught creative writing, Spanish, and improvisation to middle school, high school, and college students. She also served as a teacher, student advisor, and academic dean at the Birch Wathen Lenox preparatory school on the Upper East Side.
Bila’s transition from education to politics came unexpectedly in 2009 when she reviewed talk radio host Mark Levin‘s book, Liberty and Tyranny: A Conservative Manifesto, on her blog. Levin later read the review on air, prompting Fox News’ Sean Hannity to invite her on his television show.
In 2011, she appeared as a guest on Hannity and Red Eye, soon expanding her role as commentator to other networks, including CNBC and MSNBC. In 2013, she joined the Fox News team and in April 2014, she began working as a co-host and panelist on Outnumbered, The Five, and other programs.
In August 2016, Bila announced her departure from Fox News to join ABC‘s The View as a permanent co-host for the show’s 20th season. While on the show, Bila served as the conservative voice to contrast the liberal co-hosts. During her run, she addressed controversial topics with guests ranging from politicians Hillary Clinton and Donald Rumsfeld to performers such as Lin-Manuel Miranda and Sarah Jessica Parker. Bila departed The View on September 18, 2017. Bila made a return guest appearance on The View on October 17, 2018.
In 2011, Bila published her first book, Outnumbered: Chronicles of a Manhattan Conservative, an autobiographical recounting of her experiences as a conservative living and teaching in Manhattan during the 2008 presidential election.
In early 2018, after an eight-month engagement, Bila married Jeremy Scher, a corporate strategist and graduate of Rice University.
Awards and nominations
|2017||Daytime Emmy Award||Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
(shared with Joy Behar, Candace Cameron Bure, Paula Faris, Whoopi Goldberg, Sara Haines, Sunny Hostin, and Raven-Symoné)
|2018||Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host
(shared with Joy Behar, Paula Faris, Whoopi Goldberg, Sara Haines, Sunny Hostin, and Meghan McCain)