Janai Norman is an American news anchor and correspondent currently working for ABC World News Now, World News Now and America This Morning. Janai Norman is also a working mom who manages her time between her family and work. She has so far worked as a news anchor, reporter, and correspondent.
Table of Biography
Early life and Childhood
Janai Norman was born on January 5, but her year of birth is unknown. She shared a post on her Instagram mentioning that she is grateful for all the birthday wishes and that 30 was incredible to her. Hence, we can assume that she was born in the year 1990. Moreover, her zodiac is Capricorn and she is 31 years.
Sadly, she hasn’t shared any information about her parents but she has shared a photo of her mother during her wedding. She also hasn’t mentioned any information regarding her siblings and childhood.
Moreover, she was born in Durban, South Africa. She is an American by nationality and her ethnic background is African-American. She also regularly mentions that her root is in Ghana. She also went from a maternity photo shoot in her homeland Ghana.
Talking about her educational background, there is no information regarding the high school she attended. She later attended the University of Missouri located in Columbia, Missouri. In the year 2001, she graduated with a degree in Psychology and Mass Communication. Moreover, she developed her passion for journalism during her college days.
Janai Norman is an American journalist who came into the limelight after working as a correspondent for ABC News. She has previously worked as a news anchor, reporter, and correspondent. At present, Norman is working as the co-host of World News Now and America This Morning. Norman was appointed the co-anchor for the ABC shows on 20 November 2018. Then, she joined the show for the first time on 24th November, bringing her curls along. Moreover, she is also working on ABC News since October 2016.
Prior to her current jobs at ABC, she joined ABC News in 2011 as an Intern. Then she later rejoined the news program in 2016 as a multi-platform reporter in Washington D.C. covering the Trump administration and Capitol Hill alongside many other breaking news stories. Additionally, she also works for Weekend GMA Pop News and ABC World News Now. Norman also worked for an Orlando based WFTV Channel 9 in the year 2014.
Janai Norman beautifully summarized the weight of this fight in a 2019 interview with Good Morning America: “To free my curls, I first had to free my mind.”
In just a few words, she identifies a struggle that Black people across all industries deal with daily: a struggle with self-efficacy in the workplace. So often, Black women are told that their concerns are not worth going to bat for, out of fear of losing a job or getting blacklisted. However, women like Norman believe it’s time to start speaking up.
“Wearing natural hair requires support in some way,” Norman said. “If management is able to provide everyone else with hairstylists, I need a hairstylist for me too. That’s part of being more accepting in the workplace and realizing that — especially at this point — this isn’t even the ‘alternative.’ I mean, there’s a whole movement that’s been around for years at this point.”
Norman traded her pressed-out curls for natural hair when she was pregnant in 2017 and has continued to spread positive messages about Black hair ever since. Norman’s hashtag #FreeTheCurls has inspired Black women of all ages to embrace their natural hair and confide in a community of online supporters reminding them that their hair is, indeed, beautiful.
“I think it’s important to realize that as a woman — as a person — I can wear my hair however I please to any day of the week, and no one should have anything to say about it — other than, ‘I love your hair!’” she said. Norman’s use of her platform to celebrate natural hair in all of its forms is indicative of a more diverse and accepting future. “We need anyone and everyone who is willing to break that traditional beauty standard to express their beauty, so it becomes more widespread and multifaceted,” Norman said.
Janai Norman is a married lady. She doesn’t disclose her husband’s name but she often shares adorable photos with him on her Instagram. Her husband purposed to her on 5th April 2017 on a beach in Barcelona. Norman also shared the picture of the occasion on her social media with the caption “On a beach in Barcelona we decided on forever ?.”
She then shared photographs from her six-month maternity photoshoot in her motherland, Umhlanga Rocks, KwaZulu-Natal. She shared it for the first time on 15 September 2017. Then on November 6, 2017, she announced that the couple is having a baby boy.
Later, on 18 December 2017, she shared the news that their child came to the world just 85 minutes past his due date. The couple put together an incredible birth team and planned to bring the child into the world naturally, without any pain meds, in the comfort of their own home. She also mentioned that she gave birth two weeks prior to the posted date, i.e. around 4th December.
Although the couple’s exact date of marriage is not available, she shared their wedding photo for the first time on 6 May 2018. Moreover, she is pregnant with their second baby. For the first time, she shared a photo in which her baby bump is clearly visible on 26 January 2020. It was on her trip to Ghana. Before this, she once mentioned her pregnancy through a post on 29 November 2019. The post captioned:
Pregnancy hormones are doing a number on me ? Cried today to ‘Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays’ by N*Sync. Just. So. Thankful.
Since then, she has been sharing more photos including her baby bump.
There is no exact information regarding Norman’s height, weight, and other body measurements. Nevertheless, she has natural black curly hair and dark brown eyes.
Janai is very active on social media platforms Instagram and Twitter. She joined Twitter in November 2010 and currently has 12.2k followers. Moreover, she has 26.5k followers on her Instagram with 236 posts as of March 2020.
As a news anchor, her salary is around $31k to $131k U.S. dollars. Similarly, her net worth estimation is around $1 million U.S.dollars.