While Valerie Jarrett has always been in and around the media, 2018 saw her come into attention for all the wrong reasons. American actress Roseanne Barr tweeted about Valerie and mentioned the word ape. Valerie, who shares an African-American descent, stood against the racist remarks. Valerie, who worked as a senior advisor to U.S. President Barack Obama and assistant to the president for public engagement and intergovernmental affairs from 2009 to 2017, took the comment to heart and doubled up her efforts to root racism. So that her daughter, Laura Jarrett, does not have to face similar circumstances. A journalist by trade, Laura sits on the questioning side of the debate table. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Laura Jarrett.
Laura Jarrett was born on the 29th of October 1985 in Washington. Born to Valerie and William Robert Jarrett, Laura comes from a politically strong background. Her mother, Valerie, served as the senior advisor to President Obama and her father is a doctor. Her grandfather, Vernon Jarrett, was a columnist for the Chicago-times. However, Laura’s parents separated when she was just two years of age in 1987 and got a divorce in 1988. Talking about the divorce, Laura revealed in a Vogue profile,
“We grew up together. We were friends since childhood. In a sense, he was the boy next door. I married without really appreciating how hard divorce would be”.
Unfortunately, Laura lost her father at 10 years of age. William Jarrett passed away on November 19, 1993, at the age of 40. Laura attended the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and later enrolled at the Harvard Law School. During her time at Harvard, Laura served as the co-chair on Articles Selection, an Article Editor, and a Technical Editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender.
After graduating from Harvard in 2010, Laura started practicing law in both the state and federal court of Illinois. She served the honorable Rebecca Pallmeyer in the Northern District of Illinois as a judicial law clerk. Over the years, Laura also worked for the Honorable Ann C. Williams on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. A litigation attorney based in Chicago, Laura continued to grow in stature and was invited by the Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission. Having spent a considerable part of her career in pro-bono cases, Laura decided to put aside her pursuit of law and jump into Journalism.
In 2016, Laura decided to become a news reporter and started working with CNN as a justice reporter. Based on Washington, Laura covered a wide range of topics and continues her work in journalism.
Laura Jarrett is a married woman. She tied the knot with her college sweetheart, Tony Balkissoon. Tony, who also works as a lawyer, tied the knot with Laura in Chicago in 2012. The pair met during their time at Harvard and instantly took to each other. Like Laura, Tony comes from a political family. His father, Bas Balkissoon, is a former Legislative Assembly of Ontario member. The pair currently live in Washington due to Laura’s Work.