Jessica Yellin

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Jessica Yellin
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Yellin at Rand Paul's Nomination Victory Party on May 18, 2010 in Bowling Green, Kentucky
Born Jessica Sage Yellin[1]
(1971-02-25) February 25, 1971 (age 43)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Education Harvard University
Occupation Broadcast journalist
Title Chief White House Correspondent

Jessica Sage Yellin[1][2] (born February 25, 1971) is an American television journalist, who previously, served as the Chief White House Correspondent for CNN in Washington, D.C.[3] She also served as a Capitol Hill and National Political Correspondent for CNN, and she frequently shares air time with Dana Bash and John King.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Yellin was born in Los Angeles, California, the only daughter of Adele Marilyn (née Adest) and Ira Edward Yellin.[5] She has one brother, Seth. Her father, the son of an Orthodox rabbi, was a prominent real estate developer who focused on restoring older architectural gems and neighborhoods in Los Angeles. He also was a past president of the American Jewish Committee.[6][7] She attended St. Augustine-by-the-Sea elementary school (now named Crossroads Elementary, of the Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences) in Santa Monica, CA. She was president of her high school graduating class at The Westlake School for Girls in Los Angeles. She graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude, where she was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Yellin worked at ABC News from July 2003 to August 2007, serving as White House correspondent for the ABC News program Good Morning America, and ABC News.[4] She also previously worked for MSNBC. Before that, Yellin was a reporter for WTVT in Tampa, Florida, and anchor/reporter for Central Florida News 13 in Orlando, Florida.

Yellin moved to CNN in July 2007. On January 12, 2008, Yellin began her new role as a National Political Correspondent for CNN, covering the 2008 presidential election for the network, and was appointed CNN's Chief White House Correspondent on June 28, 2011, replacing Ed Henry who had moved to Fox News.[3]

In August 2013, Yellin became chief domestic affairs correspondent and also served as a substitute anchor.[8] Reportedly dissatisfied with the move, Yellin decided to leave CNN in October that same year.[9]

Highlights and controversies[edit]

Yellin covered the 2012 election between President Barack Obama and GOP Nominee Mitt Romney.

Bill Clinton, Sarah Palin and The Bailout[edit]

During her coverage of the 2008 presidential election, Yellin covered stories on Bill Clinton, Sarah Palin, and the U.S. economy.[10][11][12]

Iraq War coverage[edit]

While appearing on Anderson Cooper 360° on May 28, 2008, Yellin admitted to having been pressured by her former employer, MSNBC, to avoid negative reporting and report favorably on the war in Iraq in the run-up to it.[13] Yellin later clarified her comments, and some speculate about pressure from her employers with regard to these matters.[14]


  1. ^ a b PublicRecords. "Search Jessica Yellin in Washington DC Public Records". PublicRecords. Retrieved April 17, 2013. 
  2. ^ According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. At
  3. ^ a b Yellin named chief White House correspondent. Posted June 28, 2011. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  4. ^ a b Jessica Yellin Leaving ABC News. Posted July 5, 2007. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  5. ^ Special to The New York Times (1968-03-25). "Adele Adest Married to Ira Yellin - Marriage Announcement -". Retrieved 2013-09-04. 
  6. ^ Jewish Journal: "Remembering Ira Yellin - A true pioneer of downtown redevelopment" by Dan Rosenfeld August 1, 2012
  7. ^ Los Angeles Times Obituaries: "Ira Yellin, 62; Civic Leader and Longtime Champion of the City's Historic Core" by KURT STREETER September 11, 2002
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  10. ^ Jessica Yellin: Getting Yelled at by Bill Clinton So You Don't Have To. Posted January 28, 2008. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  11. ^ Palin's town charged women for rape exams. Posted September 22, 2008. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  12. ^ GOP House Leader Says McCain "Got The Discussion Going In The Direction That We Wanted". Posted September 26, 2008. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  13. ^ TV news under the microscope. Posted May 29, 2008. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  14. ^ Jessica Yellin 180°. Posted May 30, 2008. Retrieved June 28, 2011.

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Preceded by
Ed Henry
CNN Senior White House Correspondent
2011 – 2013
Succeeded by
Brianna Keilar