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Meet Capri

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Hon. Capri S. Cafaro is a TV Host, cookbook author, culinary podcast host, and TV commentator. Previously, Capri was a state senator in her native Ohio for a decade prior to her term ending due to mandated limits. During her tenure as a lawmaker, she also served as Minority Leader for almost 4 years. She graduated with a degree in American Studies from Stanford University at age 19 and holds two master's degrees as well. When she is not on TV or in the kitchen, Capri is in the classroom as a professor at American University as well as a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics.

For more than 5 years, Capri has been a regular guest host and provided commentary on Fox News, the #1 rated cable news network In the United States. Capri was also a regular co-host on Outnumbered and appeared several times as a co-host on The Five, the top rated show in key demos, with viewership anywhere from 1 to 2.8 million per show. She has guest anchored Bulls and Bears on the Fox Business Network, and been invited onto international networks, including in the UK ITV’s Good Morning Britain, BBC News & Sky News, CBC Canada, and Newsnight Africa in South Africa.

Capri was also in front of the camera as a brand ambassador for UK-based international retailer Karen Millen’s Women Who Can campaign and in front of a mic sharing her music knowledge as a guest DJ onSiriusXM’s Classic Vinyl and Ozzy’s Boneyard.

Capri’s lifelong passion for food and storytelling has led to a shift away from news and towards cooking programming and lifestyle talk shows. Capri is host and creator of America the Bountiful, an original food & travel series exploring the regional food traditions of America’s heartland, showing that America’s Heartland is not just flyover country but a rich cornucopia of cultures inspiring surprisingly diverse flavors on plates across the nation. The show was inspired in part by Capri’s degree in American Studies as well her time as an elected official when she served on the Senate Agriculture Committee and co-authored Ohio’s tourism promotion law.

In 2020, Capri’s debut cookbook, United We Eat, received international acclaim and features 50 recipes that tell America’s unique story, demonstrating how food can unite and bring people together. As part of her virtual book tour, Capri appeared on a variety of television cooking segments on stations across North America from Portland, Ore., to Tampa, Fla., as well as on Canada’s #1 morning show Breakfast Television and Canada’s #1 daytime talk show The Social. In November 2020, Capri and her cookbook were recognized at the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Thanksgiving event, alongside acclaimed chef Jose Andreas. United We Eat is available for international distribution.

Capri is the host of her culinary podcast series Eat Your Heartland Out about the intersection of food and culture in the American Midwest. Eat Your Heartland Out was nominated for Heritage Radio Network’s 14th Annual Taste Awards in three categories: “Best Food Program Online and Streaming,” “Viewers Choice for Best Food or Drink Radio Broadcast,” and “Viewers Choice for Best City or Regional Program.” The show is produced by the Heritage Radio Network, a leader in culinary audio storytelling and distributed on the Public Radio Exchange (PRX), which provides content to public radio affiliates across the United States. The show is also carried on NPR affiliates across the Midwest, and on Sirius XM channel 147 rural radio.

Following her commitment to American storytelling, Capri is a folkways reporter for Inside Appalachia’s Folkways Corps. Inside Appalachia is a radio program produced by West Virginia Public Media and aired on NPR affiliates across the Appalachian region. Capri is also a contributing writer for Great Lakes Now. She is also a maker for Tastemade Experiences.

In addition to television and radio, Capri’s work and expertise have been featured in global publications including the BBC, Variety, the Huffington Post, the Food Network, The Guardian, the UK Daily Mail, American Essence, and Taste of Home. She is a contributor to Great Lakes Now, an online and television news magazine produced by Detroit Public Media. Capri is a host and maker for Tastemade Experiences, leading a variety of cooking classes to audiences around the world.

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