It was more than 20 years ago when Steve Wilkos — a former U.S. Marine and Chicago police officer — began moonlighting as a security guard on The Jerry Springer Show. Viewers began to identify with his tough guy demeanor and no-nonsense approach, and Steve began hosting his own daytime talk show in 2007.
Now in its 9th season, The Steve Wilkos Show is hotter than ever. The show has experienced larger year-after-year growth than any other syndicated talk show and has been renewed through 2018. Considered a man of the people, Steve’s sincerity and straight-talking style continue to attract new fans, both men and women alike. The show has earned three Prism Award nominations for raising awareness about social issues such as substance abuse and domestic violence.
Steve is a huge sports fan (his hometown Chicago teams) and avid golfer and can often be found riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle in Connecticut, where he lives with wife Rachelle (executive producer of The Steve Wilkos Show) and two kids. Ric talks to Steve about his unique progression from military man and police officer to talk show host, and the hot topics his show will tackle in its ninth season.