Suzanne Malveaux

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Suzanne Malveaux prepares to do a live broadcast on the pier of Station Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Feb. 21, 2008.

Suzanne M. Malveaux (/sˈzɑːn mɑːlˈv/; born December 4, 1966), is an American television news journalist. She previously co-anchored CNN's international news program Around The World and various editions of CNN Newsroom. Malveaux also served as the network's White House correspondent and the primary substitute to Wolf Blitzer on The Situation Room. She joined CNN in 2002 and is based in Washington, D.C..

Personal life[edit]

Malveaux, whose first name is pronounced Sue-zahn,[1] was born in Lansing, Michigan into a New Orleans-based family of African, Spanish, and French descent. Her Louisiana French Creole[2] father, Floyd J. Malveaux, is a doctor who became the dean of the College of Medicine at Howard University; he is now the executive director of the Merck Childhood Asthma Network and a founder of Howard University's National Human Genome Center.[3][4][5] Her mother, the former Myrna Maria Ruiz, is a retired schoolteacher.[6]

She has three siblings:

Columnist and former Bennett College president Julianne Malveaux is a distant cousin.[12]

On the June 3, 2014 episode of The Situation Room, host Wolf Blitzer announced that Ms. Malveaux adopted a baby girl.[13]

Her family lived in New Orleans and later Howard County, Maryland, and she attended Centennial High School in Ellicott City, Maryland.

Malveaux graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. cum laude in sociology. At Harvard, she was one year behind future CNN reporter Soledad O'Brien.[1] She graduated with a master's degree in broadcasting from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1991.[1] Suzanne is an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.


Malveaux's first television job was with New England Cable News as a general assignment reporter in Boston, Massachusetts, from 1992 to 1996.[14] She then moved to Washington, D.C., and worked for NBC affiliate WRC-TV from 1996–1999 as a self-described "rock-and-roll" reporter reporting local and crime news.[citation needed]

In 1999, Meet The Press host Tim Russert recruited Malveaux to join NBC News.[15] She reported for three years first in Washington, including as a Pentagon correspondent, then in Chicago.[citation needed] She covered national stories such as Bill Clinton's impeachment, Elián González, the Kosovo War, the 2000 Presidential Election, the 9/11 attacks, and the 2001 war in Afghanistan.[citation needed]

In August 2007, Malveaux was the moderator of the 31st annual convention of the National Association of Black Journalists[16] and has served on various panels at previous conventions of the NABJ, of which she is a member.[17]

In advance of the Democratic and Republican national conventions, Malveaux anchored a 90-minute documentary on then-Senator Barack Obama as part of a two-part series on the 2008 general election presidential candidates. Additionally, she served as a panelist questioning the candidates in the Democratic presidential primary debate in South Carolina sponsored by CNN and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute in January 2008. She also played a key role in CNN's 2004 election coverage and its Emmy-winning 2006 election coverage.

Malveaux later augmented her White House reporting by serving as the primary substitute anchor for The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, a two-hour-long program that airs every weekday on CNN. In 2011, she was named dayside anchor of CNN Newsroom.[18] In 2012, she became host of Aspire TV network's eight part series, "The Root 100".[19]

In 2014, Malveaux's show Around the World was canceled, which allowed her to return to Washington, D.C. to better care for her mother, who suffers from ALS.[20]

Ms. Malveaux is active on Twitter, the popular microblogging platform.

Important interviews and presidential-related travel[edit]

As White House correspondent, Malveaux has interviewed former presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, as well as former first lady Laura Bush. Her coverage of presidential trips overseas has taken her to Europe, the Balkans, Southeast Asia, Africa, Australia, Latin America, and the Middle East.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b c ""I stand with magic" campaign". 2007-12-01. Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
  2. ^ "Malveaux: New Orleans family longs to feel at home again -". CNN. August 29, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Appointments, Tenure Decisions, and Promotions of African Americans in Higher Education", The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, No. 8 (Summer, 1995), pp. 106-108
  4. ^ "Calendars". Aetna. Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
  5. ^ "Floyd Malveaux Biography - Earned His Ph.D. and M.D., Studied Allergies and Asthma - University, Research, Howard, and Health - JRank Articles". Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
  6. ^ The Malveaux Family
  7. ^ "The Situation Room Sees Double With Suzanne Malveaux And Her Twin Sister". Retrieved 30 June 2010. 
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  10. ^ "Richmond GOP". Richmond GOP. Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
  11. ^ "Montgomery College Catalog". Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
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  14. ^ "CNN TV - Anchors/Reporters:Suzanne Malveaux". 
  15. ^ "". CNN. 
  16. ^ "Worldandnation: Journalists ask if she's 'black enough'". 2007-08-10. Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
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  20. ^ Malveaux Mission

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