Michelle Bernard

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Michelle Bernard
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Born Michelle D. Bernard
(1963-07-30) July 30, 1963 (age 51)
Washington, D.C., USA
Education Georgetown University Law Center
Howard University
Occupation Journalist, Author, Lawyer, Columnist
Political party
Independent[citation needed]

Michelle D. Bernard (born July 30, 1963, Washington, D.C.)[1] is an American journalist, political analyst, author, and President and CEO of the Bernard Center For Women, Politics & Public Policy. She was formerly President and CEO of Independent Women's Forum and Independent Women's Voice.[2]


Bernard graduated from Howard University with a B.A. in Philosophy and a minor in Political Science. She has a J.D. degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, and was a partner at the lobbyist and law firm Patton Boggs. In 2000, she was a member of the Bush-Cheney Presidential Inaugural Committee. She was the chair for the District of Columbia's Redevelopment Land Agency.[citation needed]

Bernard is a political and legal analyst for MSNBC, and is frequently a panelist on the The McLaughlin Group. In 2007, Bernard authored Women’s Progress: How Women Are Wealthier, Healthier, and More Independent Than Ever Before. She is also a contributor for the The Washington Post's[3] "She the People," and the Huffington Post.[4]

Her family heritage is Jamaican American, saying in an interview with Bill Steigerwald, "My parents are American citizens, but they come from Jamaica. I was raised with very American and Jamaican values. In our culture, we have a very strong sense of pride and of family honor and of self-reliance."[5]

She is the mother of two children and is married to, but reportedly separated from, CNN correspondent Joe Johns.[6][7][8]


  1. ^ "Bernard, Michelle". Current Biography Yearbook 2011. Ipswich, MA: H.W. Wilson. 2011. pp. 65–67. ISBN 9780824211219. 
  2. ^ Ronnee Schreiber, 'Pro-Women, Pro-Palin, Antifeminist: Conservative Women and Conservative Movement Politics', in Crisis of Conservatism? The Republican Party, the Conservative Movement, & American Politics After Bush, Gillian Peele, Joel D. Aberbach (eds.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011, p. 135
  3. ^ Bernard, Michelle (September 6, 2013). "Congress cannot ignore violence against women in Syria". Washington Post. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  4. ^ Bernard, Michelle (May 14, 2014). "Amma Asante's Belle May Lead to Real Freedom for Women Around the World." Huffington Post. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
  5. ^ Bill Steigerwald, "Michelle Bernard Looks for the Right McCain" "Anderson Free Press" August 29, 2008 http://www.andersonfreepress.net/node/11642
  6. ^ Cook, John (9 April 2009). "Softball Interview Question Leads to Awkward Answer". Gawker. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  7. ^ "Michelle Bernard: 'The Republican Party Needs to Find Its Soul'". 9 April 2009. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  8. ^ Hobbs, Christie (18 October 2005). "IWF Names New President". Independent Women's Forum. Archived from the original on 20 October 2007. Retrieved 23 December 2008. 


  • Bernard, Michelle D. (2013), "Moving America Toward Justice: The Lawyers' Committee For Civil Rights Under Law, 1963-2013", The Donning Company Publishers. ISBN 978-1-57864-849-8
  • Bernard, Michelle D. (2007), Women’s Progress: How Women Are Wealthier, Healthier, and More Independent Than Ever Before, Spence Pub. ISBN 1-890626-69-4

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