Larry Elder—the Sage from South Central—is a nationally syndicated radio host and newspaper columnist, bestselling author, documentary filmmaker, and one of the best-known media figures in America today. He was a gubernatorial candidate in the special recall election in California in 2021, where he garnered over 3.5 million votes, nearly as much as all the other 45 candidates combined, and won 57 out of 58 counties as the top choice for voters who selected a candidate to replace the sitting governor.
Since the election, Elder has returned to hosting his flagship radio program, “The Larry Elder Show,” which is heard every weekday in all 50 states, on more than 300 stations. Elder’s unique style, personal background, and professional experience combine to inspire, inform, and persuade his listeners, readers, and viewers to embrace the timeless American principles of personal responsibility and public accountability. “The question is not which party has my back, but which party can get government off our backs—so that we might all realize our God-given capabilities,” says Elder.
Elder was born and raised in South Central Los Angeles—and his family’s story represents every bit of the American Dream. His father was born in Athens, Georgia, served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, and moved to California and opened his own restaurant—Elder’s Snack Bar. Elder’s mother, originally from Huntsville, Alabama, was a clerical worker for the U.S. Department of War (now the U.S. Department of Defense) and raised three boys as a stay-at-home mom.
Elder has a B.A. in Political Science from Brown University, and a J.D. from the University of Michigan School of Law.