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John Stossel: “I decided it was time for me to face my fears”

“Almost everything is live,” John Stossel tells People of anchoring “Stossel” at Fox Business Network, which he joined in the fall of 2009. “I had to face it.”

“It” refers to Stossel’s stuttering, which he discusses in the magazine’s April 11 issue (no link available).

Stossel moved to FBN after serving as co-anchor of ABC’s “20/20″, under a contract that ensured he would not have to do live broadcasting. 

With his new job, ”I decided  it was time for me to face my fears and, if necessary, just stutter away. The happiest stutterers, I learned, are those who are willing to stutter in front of others.”

Stossel says he still must work at battling the speech impediment, utilizing breathing and speaking techniques.

“The practice is thunderously boring,” he says, “but you really have to do it. My career was on the line.”

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