Anyone who was familiar with the goings-on around the White House during the Obama Administration would certainly know Valerie Jarrett. She served as the Obama-Biden Transition co-chair; as the assistant to the President for Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and finally as the Senior Advisor to the President of The U.S. between 2009 and 2017. Valerie Jarrett has a daughter named Laura Jarrett who happens to be the focus of our attention. So, here are all you need to know about the lawyer cum journalist, her biography, husband and her work at CNN.
Laura Jarrett – Bio
The information available to us indicates that Laura Jarrett was born on October 29, 1983, in Chicago into a very influential Afro-American family. As already hinted, her mother Valerie Jarrett is a prominent figure in the society, having served as a top government official while also maintaining a name for herself as a distinguished businesswoman. As for Laura’s father William Jarrett, he is the son of the veteran Chicago Sun-Times columnist Vernon Jarrett. William was a physician when he died in 1993 after he got maritally separated from Laura’s mother.
Laura Jarrett’s educational background and details of the elementary school she attended is not available, but reliable reports have it that she attended high school at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools. She then went to the Harvard Law School from where she graduated with a Juris Doctor degree in 2010. While in law school, Laura was particularly noted for writing lots of original articles themed around gender, violence and the law. She also served as the Article Editor and Technical Editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender.
Upon graduation from Law School, Laura began her career as a judicial clerk for Honorable Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, the District Judge for Northern Illinois. Later on, the young lawyer worked for Honorable Ann C. Williams, the then United States Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeal for the Seventh Circuit. She then went ahead to work as a litigation attorney as well as giving pro bono services for several years before changing her professional practice to journalism.
Laura Jarrett has been working as a CNN correspondent since September 2016 when she was employed as a Justice correspondent based at the Washington D.C Bureau of the media outfit. As a Justice correspondent, Laura mainly covers the reports of the U.S. Justice Department.
Apart from reporting directly for CNN, Laura also expresses her views and reports via her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. These social media accounts which proudly bear the signages of CNN logo are therefore considered the extensions of her work as a CNN correspondent. However, on social media, she does not limit her reports to the U.S. Justice Department as her job description has it. Instead, she goes as far as reporting issues in other areas and countries such as politics, wildlife and more. For instance, she recently posted a view about how questions surrounding elephants would be a factor in deciding the results of elections in the African country, Botswana.
Laura Jarrett now has over 58,000 followers on Twitter and almost 8,000 on Instagram. Her CNN-devoted Facebook page has about 1,300 likes at the time of this report.
Laura Jarrett Husband
Laura Jarrett has been married to Tony Balkissoon since 2012. Her husband Tony is the son of a well known formal Toronto Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) Bas Balkissoon who is noted for his liberal views. Tony himself is a lawyer who also went to Havard Law School the same time as Laura did. Indeed, it was at the law school that they met and fell for each other.
Their wedding which held at Kenwood, in the posh Hyde Park neighborhoods of Chicago under heavy security, had top government officials and politicians in attendance including the then President Barrack Obama who attended in the company of his wife Michelle and their two daughters Sasha and Malia. Also in attendance was the then Attorney General Eric Holder and other top dignitaries. In all, there were 280 high-profile guests in attendance. Although the guests were not permitted to take photos, the wedding was well reported in the mainstream media.
Laura Jarrett and her husband Tony have been happily married since then. However, there is no information yet of the couple expecting or welcoming a baby into their family. We hope that happens soon.