Baratunde Thurston Bio, Age, Parents, Height, Wife, Education, Career, Podcast, America Outdoors, Net worth

Baratunde Thurston Biography and Wiki

Baratunde Rafiq Thurston is a comedian, commentator, and writer. He co-founded the black political blog Jack and Jill Politics, whose coverage of the 2008 Democratic National Convention was archived in the Library of Congress, and was director of digital for The Onion. Thurston’s book, How to be Black became a New York Times bestseller in 2012. Moreover, Thurston is the creator and host of the How To Citizen Podcast.

Baratunde Thurston Age | Birthday

Thurston is 44 years old. He was born on September 11, 1977. Thurston celebrates his birthday on the 11th of September each year.

Baratunde Thurston Parents

Thurston was born in Washington, D.C., the United States  to his parents. His mother, Arnita Thurston, was a black activist. Baratunde’s father was killed when he was 6 in what Thurston says says was a drug deal gone wrong. Moreover, Thurston has an older sister named Belinda.

Baratunde Thurston
Baratunde Thurston

Baratunde Thurston Height

Thurston stands at a height measurement of 5 feet and 8 inches (approximately).

Baratunde Thurston Wife

Thurston is married to Elizabeth Stewart. The pair got engaged in 2019 and tied the knot in late 2020. Through a Facebook post, Thurston revealed that it was just him and Elizabeth when they tied the knot due to the COVID-19 restriction that were in place.

Baratunde Thurston Education

Thurston attended Harvard University where he graduated with a degree in Philosophy. For his high school education, he went to Sidwell Friends School.

Baratunde Thurston Career | Podcast | Books

Thurston is a comedian, commentator and writer. He is the co-founder of the black political blog Jack and Jill Politics, whose coverage of the 2008 Democratic National Convention was archived in the Library of Congress. He served as the director of digital for The Onion. In 2012, Thurston co-founded the comedy/technology startup, Cultivated Wit, where he serves as CEO.

Moreover, he writes the monthly back page column for Fast Company, and has contributed to the Huffington Post and the Weekly Dig.

Thurston is the creator and host of How To Citizen Podcast. Apple named How To Citizen as one of its favorites podcasts in 2020. Besides, How To Citizen received the Social Impact Award at the 2021 iHeartRadio Podcast Awards.

Additionally, in August 2015, Thurston began working as the supervising producer, overseeing original digital content for The Daily Show. In June 2020, he announced his podcast, We’re Having A Moment.

Thurston has authored several books including: Better than Crying: Poking Fun at Politics, the Press & Pop Culture (2004); Keep Jerry Falwell Away from My Oreo Cookies (2005); Thank You Congressional Pages (For Being So Damn Sexy!) (2006); and the New York Times best-seller, How To Be Black (2012).

Baratunde Thurston America Outdoors

Thurston is the presenter and host of the PBS series, America Outdoors. He takes the viewers to “an adventure-filled journey to explore the diverse array of regions across the U.S. and how those landscapes shape the way Americans work, play and interact with the outdoors”

America Outdoors premieres on July 5, 2022, on PBS.

Baratunde Thurston Net worth

Thurston has an estimated net worth of $2 million (as of July 2022). He is a writer, commentator, and a comedian. Thurston co-founded Jack and Jill Politics blog and Cultivated Wit, a comedy/technology startup. He is also a podcast creator and host. Thurston hosts How To Citizen and We’re Having A Moment podcasts. Moreover, he has written several books including New York Times bestseller, How to be Black.


Baratunde is active on Instagram. His Instagram handle is @baratunde with over 90K followers as of July 2022. He also has a Youtube, Twitter and Facebook account.