24 Facts About Austin Petersen


Austin Wade Petersen was born on February 19,1981 and is an American writer, political activist, commentator, and broadcaster.


Austin Petersen is the host of the Wake Up America show daily newscast.


Austin Petersen attended Southwest Missouri State University, where he graduated with a degree in musical theater.


In 2008 Austin Petersen worked for the Libertarian National Committee and the Atlas Network, assisting on the 2008 and 2012 presidential bids of former US Representative from Texas, Ron Paul.


Austin Petersen was an associate producer at the Fox Business program Freedom Watch with Judge Napolitano, which aired from 2010 to 2012, and later went to work as director of production at the conservative advocacy group FreedomWorks.


Austin Petersen has been a frequent guest on the RT program The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann.


Austin Petersen served as an executive producer of the 2014 film Alongside Night, an adaptation of the novel of the same name which promoted agorism, an anarcho-capitalist political philosophy.


Austin Petersen ran for the United States Senate as a Republican in 2018, but was defeated in the primary by Missouri's Attorney General Josh Hawley.


In 2019, Austin Petersen took over as the host of the KWOS Morning Show on Jefferson City but stepped down to host the Wake Up America show in September of 2022.


Austin Petersen called himself the Bernie Sanders of the Libertarian Party due to his grassroots fundraising strategy.


On May 29,2016, at the Libertarian National Convention, Austin Petersen lost the nomination to Johnson, getting second place on the second ballot.


Austin Petersen congratulated Johnson on the win and gave him a replica of George Washington's pistol.


Austin Petersen then criticized Johnson's vice presidential pick Bill Weld, in response to which Johnson placed the replica into a garbage can.


In late June 2017, Austin Petersen filed an exploratory committee to consider running for the US Senate seat in Missouri.


On July 4,2017, Austin Petersen formally announced his bid for the Republican nomination in the 2018 Missouri Senate race.


In September 2017, Austin Petersen was banned from Facebook during his senate campaign for giving away an AR-15 style rifle as a promotion and criticizing his Democratic opponent Claire McCaskill's positions on gun rights.


Austin Petersen reportedly received the national record for the largest Bitcoin donation in American campaign history.


Fox News reported in January 2018 that Austin Petersen was one of two "potential general election challengers" in the election.


Austin Petersen officially filed with the Missouri Secretary of State for the US Senate seat as a Republican on February 28,2018.


Austin Petersen's campaign said 3-D printing technology has been described as the "end of gun control".


Austin Petersen has voiced and published his rejection of the non-aggression principle.


Austin Petersen is a non-interventionist on most matters of foreign policy and applies a free-market capitalist approach to economics.


On social media and in interviews, Austin Petersen has described himself variously as an agnostic and an atheist.


Austin Petersen was married to Stephanie Renee Cole on October 23,2021.