Laura Jarrett, the daughter of Valerie Jarrett is an American journalist and litigation attorney best known for being CNN’s political reporter. Valerie Jarrett is a former government official, who served as the senior advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama.
Table of Biography
Early life and Childhood
Laura Allison Jarrett is 36 years old. She was born on October 29, 1983, in Chicago. She was born and raised in a very influential Afro-American family. Mother Valerie is a prominent social figure who has worked as co-chair of the Obama–Biden Transition Project. Similarly, her father William was a physician and the son of Chicago Sun-Times reporter Vernon Jarrett. However, Laura’s parents separated in the year 1987. A few years later in 1993, Willian died due to cardiac attack.
Laura attended high school at the Chicago Laboratory Schools in her hometown. Later, she moved to Cambridge for further studies. She joined Harvard Law School and graduated in the year 2010 with a degree in Juris Doctor. She was a brilliant student in law school, particularly recognized for her original writings based on gender, violence, and rights. Besides, she also served as the technical editor and article editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender.
Career and Professional life
As soon as Laura graduated, she worked as a judicial clerk the District Judge for Northern Illinois, Distinguished Rebecca R. Pallmeyer. After that, she also got an opportunity to work for Honorable Ann C. Williams, the then United States Circuit Judge of U.S. Court Appeal for the Seventh Circuit. Later she started working as a litigation attorney. She worked for the Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission, investigating cases of various companies and individuals.
However, in the year 2016, she decided to practice journalism as a long term profession. She also committed important time to pro bono cases, including the representation of a sex trafficking victim who successfully used a new Illinois law to expunge her past convictions.
She has also served as a law clerk for two federal judges of the Northern District of Illinois. Later she served as the Honorable Ann C. Williams on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. She has been working at CNN ever since as one of the finest political reporters.
Currently, she is the anchor of “Early Start” with Christine Romans.
Awards and Networth
Despite being a dedicated reporter, she has not yet received any awards. But her journalism journey has just begun and with the performance she delivers, it is certain she will have several recognizations in the future.
The 33 years old Journalist is more than just an ordinary reporter. She has served as a litigation attorney and even worked for several distinguished personalities. To date, she has earned a net worth of 1 million USD.
Laura is married to lawyer Tony Balkissoon who she met at Harvard Law School. Tony is the son of former politician Bas Balkissoon who served a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. The college sweethearts officially got married in 2012 in Kenwood, Chicago. Top government officials and politicians showed their presence at the wedding. Even the then-president Barack Obama attended the ceremony with wife Michelle to bless the couple.
Likewise, they are blessed with a baby boy on July 16, 2019. Her son James Anthony Balkissoon was 7 pounds, 7 ounces when he was born.
Rumors and Controversy
Laura together with her mother has been a part of the racist comments. Rosanne Barr several controversial tweets aiming at the Jarrett mother-daughter. He once even compared Valerie with an ape. However, the actor later apologized for the racist remarks.
With body measurements 34-28-35, Laura has an attractive body suited to be a TV reporter. She has an average height of 5 feet 5 inches with a bodyweight of 60 kg. Moreover, she has dark brown eyes and black hair.
As a reporter, social media sites can be a very effective medium to connect to the people and share ideas. Well, Laura has made optimum use of these sites to connect to the public. She mostly keeps updates on twitter on the recent political affairs on Twitter. Here she has more than 60K followers. She is also active on Instagram as @laurajcnn with a fan following of 12.2K.