Valerie Jarrett Daughter Laura Jarrett Wikipedia: Husband

Laura Jarrett is a well-known personality as a political reporter on CNN. Born in Chicago in 1983 in a well-educated family, Laura is a law graduate and worked as an attorney. Later, she switched to journalism from her law career. She is more popular as the daughter of a successful entrepreneur, Valerie Jarrett.

She went to High School in Chicago and graduated with impressive grades. Following her higher education dream, she attended Harvard Law School and graduated in 2010. During her Law School days, she also worked for the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender and wrote articles on the intersection of gender, violence, and the law.

Read her Wikipedia-based biography here and know her partner.

Laura Jarrett is Valerie Jarrett’s Daughter

Although Laura has earned a distinct career and name for herself, many know her as the daughter of Valerie Jarrett. Valerie is a successful businesswoman and worked as the senior advisor for U.S. President Barack Obama during his tenure. She also served as an assistant to the President for public engagement and inter-governmental affairs.

Image of a political reporter on CNN and politician's daughter, Laura Jarrett with her mother
The renowned politician, Valerie Jarrett with her daughter, Laura Jarrett

Laura’s father’s name was William Robert Jarrett, and he was the Director of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Both her father and mother were so successful in their career. Valerie became even more popular after taking up the job of senior advisor to President Barack Obama.

Although they were successful in their professional life, their personal life did not go well. They had issues that led to divorce. Soon after their separation, William passed away due to a heart attack at the age of 40.

These all happenings in their personal life left Laura a bit devastated. But she managed to make her way successfully through to her career.

She was known to be the daughter of Valerie until she joined CNN. Although she had achieved success as a litigator, she hadn’t come into the limelight. Her career as a CNN correspondent has given her success and fame at the same time.

Laura Jarrett’s Husband and Kids

A beautiful woman, Laura, is married to a lawyer. The name of her husband is Tony Balkissoon, the son of a famous Canadian politician.

The two met at Harvard during their law school time. They dated for some time and tied the nuptial knot at Paris Club in 2012. Because her mother, Valerie, was the senior advisor to the President in the Whitehouse, the wedding was a high-profile event. Many U.S. officials and dignitaries, including former U.S. President Barack Obama, were present during their wedding ceremony.

Her husband, Tony, is also a successful attorney. After graduating from Harvard, he started his professional career as a lawyer working at a law firm in Chicago. He has also worked as a law clerk under two judges. In 2018, he became a member of the Legal Assistance Foundation Board.

While the couple is dedicated and successful in their profession, they are also spending quality time together. They expanded their family in 2019. The couple was blessed with a son, James Anthony Balkissoon, on July 16, 2019. Both have been managing their family life well along with their successful career.

Laura Jarrett’s Net Worth and Salary

As of today, Laura’s Net Worth is about $1 Million. She has earned this from her career as an attorney and a political correspondent at CNN.


Full name Laura Jarrett
Date of Birth 1983
Place of Birth Chicago, USA
Profession Attorney, CNN Correspondent
Marital Status married
Partner Tony Balkissoon
Kids 1 (James Anthony Balkissoon)
Parents Valerie Jarrett, William Jarrett

Other Facts

She is 5’5” tall and weighs 60 kg.

She lives in Washington DC with her husband and a son.

The CNN correspondent is of African-American ethnicity.

She switched her career from a lawyer to a journalist.

From Law to CNN

Although Laura studied at Harvard as a Lawyer, she switched her career towards journalism by joining CNN in 2016. Before CNN, she practiced as a litigator in Chicago.

During her private practice, she mainly focused on defending both individuals and companies under government investigations. She also worked on pro bono cases and commercial litigations.

She joined CNN in 2016 as a political reporter and has prepared reports on several complex political cases.

As a political reporter and a program host, she has investigated and unfolded the truth about many cases. Her law background has helped her investigate complex political cases.

According to the CNN website, she has covered cases like the travel ban, migrant family separations at the southwest border, the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, and many other cases during the Trump administration.

It is since she made her career switch that she came into the limelight. As the CNN correspondent, she has built her image of a brave and talented correspondent.

She has started co-hosting the popular show “Early Start” with co-host Christine Romans since January 2020.

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