Claire Shipman

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Claire Shipman
Born (1962-10-04) October 4, 1962 (age 58)
Alma materColumbia University
Columbia School of International and Public Affairs
OccupationGood Morning America Senior national correspondent
Spouse(s)Steve Hurst (divorced)
(m. 1998)

Claire Shipman is an American television journalist, currently the senior national correspondent for ABC's Good Morning America. She is married to Jay Carney, President Barack Obama's former White House Press Secretary.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Shipman, born October 4, 1962, in Washington, D.C., is the daughter of the late Christie (Armstrong) and Morgan Enlow Shipman, Professor of Law at The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law.[3] Her family was Methodist.[3] She graduated from Worthington High School in Worthington, Ohio, in 1980. In 2006, she was recognized by Worthington Schools as a Distinguished Alumna during Convocation.[citation needed] She is a 1986 graduate of Columbia College of Columbia University and also holds a master's degree from Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs.[citation needed] She is divorced from former CNN Moscow bureau chief Steve Hurst.[citation needed] She and her second husband, Jay Carney, have a son and daughter. Carney was the White House press secretary from January 27, 2011, to June 20, 2014. She claims that her husband gave her no indication that the secret operation that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden was under way in Pakistan.[4]

Claire Shipman is a journalist, author and public speaker. An expert on confidence and women’s leadership, she’s written three New York Times bestselling book, The Confidence Code, The Confidence Code for Girls, and Womenomics. Her co-author on all three has been the BBC's Katty Kay.

Shipman was with ABC News for 15 years, reporting on politics, international affairs to social issues. Before moving to ABC, she covered the White House and the Clinton administration for NBC news. Shipman also spent a decade at CNN, where she covered the White House, and spent five years at CNN’s Moscow bureau covering the collapse of the Soviet Union. She’s received numerous awards for her reporting, including a Peabody, a DuPont and an Emmy. Shipman holds a graduate degree in international affairs from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University and a Bachelors of Arts in Russian Studies from Columbia College. On June 2, 2009, Harper Collins published Womenomics, a book written by Shipman and BBC World News America correspondent Katty Kay exploring the redefinition of success for working women based on recent trends in the value of women to the business world.[citation needed]


Shipman received a Peabody Award for her work covering the 1991 Soviet coup and the subsequent dissolution of the Soviet Union.


  1. ^ "Columbia College Today". 2001-10-15. Retrieved 2014-06-19.
  2. ^ Landler, Mark (May 30, 2014). "Journalist-Turned-Spokesman Resigns as Daily Voice of the White House". The New York Times. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Morgan Enlow Shipman". December 4, 2008.
  4. ^ Kurtz, Judy. (May 14, 2014) "ABC’s Claire Shipman: My husband kept me in the dark on bin Laden" In the Know. The Hill. Retrieved January 5, 2015.

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