CNN's chief domestic correspondent Jim Acosta is pretty vocal about politics and journalistic media. He never hesitates to speak his mind, even if it means calling Fox News a "baseless" news factory. 

But Acosta has remained strictly tight-lipped regarding his personal life — especially since his divorce from Sharon Mobley Stow.

Acosta's Married Life

Acosta was married to his longtime partner Sharon Mobley Stow, a registered nurse. Both of them attended the James Madison University. 

In 1993, the pair tied the knot and welcomed three children: two daughters and a son. After 24 years, they filed for divorced and parted ways in 2017.


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Acosta has never shared the reason behind the split and also the whereabouts of his children. 

His Age and Ethnicity

Acosta was born on April 17, 1971, in Washington, DC, and raised in Virginia. He possesses mixed ethnicity as his father is of Cuban origin, and his mother has Irish and Czech ancestry.

His father, who was born in Santa Maria del Rosario, had fled to the U.S. in the rise of the Cuban Missile Crisis. He was only 11 years old when he migrated to Miami. Later, he settled down in Virginia and brought up his own family, welcoming two kids — Jim and his younger sister Angie. 

In an Instagram post dated December 13, 2020, Acosta remembered how his father used to be a bodybuilder in his heyday. He also shared that his father turned 70 that day. 

From Radio to CNN

The 50-year-old graduated from James Madison University in mass communication and political science in 1993. After earning his bachelor's degree, he joined WMAL-AM radio.

He transitioned to television in 1995, being a reporter and substitute anchor for WBIR-TV. Three years after, he joined CBS-owned station KTVT-TV as a reporter and started reporting for WBBM-TV in 2000.

In 2001, the Virginia native worked as a correspondent for CBS Newspath and shifted to CBS News in February 2003. Because of his job requirement, he moved to Atlanta and contributed to CBS Evening News with major stories of Hurricane Katrina, the Iraq war from Baghdad, and so on.


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Years of dedication paid off when he landed a job as a CNN correspondent in March 2007. He even served as the chief White House correspondent before being replaced by Kaitlan Collins

He now serves as an anchor and chief domestic correspondent for the channel.

Related: CNN Reporter Kaitlan Collins' Bio, Age & Relationship History

His Net Worth and Source of Income

As an acclaimed journalist, Acosta is likely to have a handsome net worth.

He has bagged the National Association of Hispanic Journalists 2017 Presidential Award and the SJSU Journalism School 2018 William Randolph Hearst Foundation Award. He was also a member of the CNN team that won the Emmy for their 2012 presidential campaign coverage.

Aside from his journalistic ventures, he has penned a book titled 'The Enemy of the People: A Dangerous Time to Tell the Truth in America.' Published on June 11, 2019, it quickly became New York's best-selling book. 


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Acosta focuses on his coverage of Donald Trump's first two years in office in the novel. He admittedly wants to urge Americans to monitor how the government treats journalists.