Laura Jarrett Age 33, CNN Reporter & Husband Wedding That Had VVIP Guests
- Date of Birth Oct 29, 1985
- Age 36 Years, 8 Months
- Nationality American
- Profession Political Reporter
- Relationship Status Married
- Husband/Spouse Tony Balkissoon
- Wedding Date 2012
- Dating/Affair Tony Balkissoon (m. 2012)
- Net Worth Not Disclosed
- Ethnicity/Race Mix
- Father William Jarrett
- Mother Valerie Jarrett
- College Harvard Law School, University of Chicago Laboratory Schools
- Hair Long
- Hair Color Black
- Eye Color Black
- Lesbian No
American TV reporter Laura Jarrett fulfilled her dream of marrying her soulmate when she tied the knots with her college sweetheart, Tony Balkissoon. On her wedding day, her happiness had no limits when the former President of USA "Barack Obama" and his entire family attended the wedding!
The Chicago native is an American litigation attorney who works as a political reporter for CNN mostly based in Washington, DC. She is the daughter of famous Valerie June Jarrett, former government official and senior advisor to former US President, Barack Obama.
CNN’s Laura Jarrett: Laura presenting news on "Sen. Menendez’s Defense Team" for CNN Live (published: Sept. 25, 2017)
Born in the family of politicians and reporters, she ended up following the footsteps of her parents to become a reporter herself.
Laura Jarrett's Bio: Parents Divorced When She Was Just 5 Years Of Age
The CNN diva was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1983 to well-to-do parents, Valerie Jarrett, former government official, and William Jarrett, a doctor.
She was born in a wealthy and well-educated family. Sadly, Laura's parents divorced in 1988 when she was just 5. At the age of 10, another tragedy struck her life, as she mourned the loss of her father, who died from a heart attack, aged 40.
As a child, the CNN reporter attended various schools in Chicago. A bright student, she had a knack for more intellectual subject matters even during her early age. After completing high school, the attorney, aged 33, she joined Harvard Law School.
While studying in Harvard Law School, she portrayed roles as Articles Selection co-chair, a technical editor as well as an Article Editor, for the Harvard Journal; which covered Law and Gender.
Adding to that, she even published her articles on the intersection of gender, violence, and the law. The Chicago native then graduated with a degree in Law in 2010.
After graduations, Laura went on to practice law in both federal and state court in Illinois.
Laura Jarrett’s CNN Career, Her Net Worth
Before practicing Law, Jarrett worked as a judicial Law clerk for Rebecca Pallmeyer, honorable judge of United States District Court of Illinois and later for Honorable Ann Williams on Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Prior to that, she worked as a litigation attorney in her hometown of Chicago. She prioritized on the defense of companies and individuals as well as some pro bono cases such as sex trafficking.
The Chicago native joined CNN as a reporter in September 2016 based in Washington, D.C. bureau.
The exact figures of Laura Jarrett's net worth are not known until now. However, as reported, her job as a CNN reporter bags her a salary of about $105k a year.
Laura also practices law for private sector apart from her career. So working double time in two different jobs of a CNN reporter and a private attorney, she should make plenty and add to her total net worth in future.
Laura’s Mother Valerie Jarrett Became Subjects Of Racist Comments
Earlier in May 2018, Laura’s mother, Valerie Jarrett hit the news after she became the victim of unethical, racist comments by Roseanne Barr, an American actress, and writer.
Roseanne’s racially-tinged tweet suggested that Valerie Jarrett was a product of Muslim Brotherhood and “Planet of the Apes” referring to Valerie as an Ape.
The tweet generated a lot of controversies and Roseanne was criticized for her misdemeanor who later apologized about the tweet through social media.
Laura Jarrett’s High Profile Wedding With Husband; President Obama As Guest
Jarrett fulfilled her dream when she got married in 2012 to her long-time boyfriend and college sweetheart Tony Balkissoon. Her husband is the son of former Legislative Assembly of Ontario member Bas Balkissoon.
The duo first crossed their paths during their college days in Harvard Law School. And after regularly seeing each other during their college days, they began to feel more connected to each other--so they started dating.
And after several dates, the duo, with a decision to fortify their relationship and stay committed to each other, got engaged at the Paris Club.
Laura Jarrett's Wedding: President Obama attending Laura's wedding with his entire family (Source: Pinterest)
The marriage took place in her grandmother’s residence, Hyde Park, Washington. A total of 280 guests were invited to her wedding which included a few very high profile names.
The wedding attracted a lot of attention as the former President of the USA, Barack Obama, was present at the wedding to congratulate Laura and wish her luck with the wedding. Some other big names to attend the wedding were First Lady Michelle Obama, their daughters Sasha and Malia Obama, and Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder among others.
The bridal was held in the backyard under a large white marquee tent and it was indeed a lavish one as it had a lengthy list of high profile guests.
Although Laura has already celebrated her 6th wedding anniversary with her husband, they are yet to welcome a child for themselves.