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 Allison Jarrett
Date of birth
October 29, 1983
Place of birth
Harvard Law School
Senior legal correspondent
Political reporter, anchor of Early Start, litigation attorney
Over $1.5 million
Areas of expertise
Legal, law enforcement, and breaking news stories
Notable cases covered
Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial, Supreme Court decision on Roe vs. Wade, congressional investigations on January 6th
Awards and honors
William Jarrett (deceased)
Former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, businesswoman, civic leader
Former director of obstetrics and gynecology at Jackson Park Hospital
June 17, 2012
Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago
Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Eric Holder, among others
Two (one son and one daughter)
James Anthony Balkissoon
Son’s date of birth
June Tahay Balkissoon
Daughter’s date of birth
Hobbies and interests
Reading, traveling, cooking, yoga
Laura Jarrett was born on the 29th of October 1983 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.
CNN to NBC News
In 2020, she became the co-anchor of Early Start, CNN’s early morning show, along with Christine Romans. She also served as an on-air legal analyst for several notable cases, such as the Supreme Court’s decision overruling Roe v. Wade, the congressional investigations into January 6th, the legal battles over Covid-19 vaccine mandates, and the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard trial. In November 2022, she announced that she was leaving CNN to join NBC News as a senior legal correspondent. She said that she was grateful for her time at CNN and excited for her new role at NBC News. In January 2023, she officially joined NBC News and took over the coverage of the Justice Department and the Supreme Court from Pete Williams, who retired in 2022. She also became a leading voice on national legal, law enforcement, and breaking news stories. She appeared on all NBC News programs and platforms, including MSNBC, NBC News NOW, and NBC News Digital.
She has a net worth of over $1.5 million, which she accumulated as a journalist , as a lawyer and as well as from her investments and assets.
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. Their wedding was attended by Barack Obama and Eric Holder, among other notable guests. 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 member of Legislative Assembly of Ontario.
Laura and Tony have two children: James Anthony, born in 2019, and June Tahay, born on 7th of July, 2022. June’s name is a combination of Laura’s mother’s middle name and Tony’s mother’s name. James often helps his sister with her bottles and sings to her loudly.
Laura Jarrett Physical Traits
Unknown, but appears to be around 5 feet 2 inches (157 cm)
Unknown, but appears to be slim and fit
Usually wears her hair in a short bob or a ponytail
Light brown, with a mixed heritage of African-American
Oval-shaped face, high cheekbones, thin lips, small nose
Professional, elegant, and chic, often wears suits, dresses, skirts, and blouses in solid colors or patterns
Minimal, usually wears earrings, necklaces, bracelets, or rings that match her outfit
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