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Dana Bash
Bash in 2012
Dana Ruth Schwartz

(1971-06-15) June 15, 1971 (age 53)[1]
EducationGeorge Washington University (BA)
  • Journalist
  • news anchor
(m. 1998; div. 2007)
(m. 2008; div. 2012)
RelativesStuart Schwartz (father)

Dana Ruth Bash[a] (née Schwartz; born June 15, 1971) is an American journalist, news anchor, host of Inside Politics and co-anchor of State of the Union on CNN.

Early life and education[edit]

Bash was born Dana Ruth Schwartz in Manhattan into a Jewish family, to Frances (née Weinman) Schwartz, an author and educator in Jewish studies, and Stuart Schwartz, an ABC News producer who served as the senior broadcast producer for Good Morning America.[1] Bash's maternal grandmother, Teri Vidor Weinman, and her family were Hungarian Jews. Weinman escaped to the U.S. with her husband in October 1941, but her parents and sister were murdered at Auschwitz concentration camp after the occupation of Hungary in 1944.[2]

Bash grew up living in Washington, D.C., and New Jersey.[1] Bash attended Pascack Hills High School in Montvale, New Jersey.[3] She graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in political communications from George Washington University.[4][5] While at college, she interned at NBC, CBS, and CNN.[1] On May 12, 2018, Bash received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire.[6]


After college, Bash joined CNN as a producer of their weekend programs such as Late Edition, Evans & Novak, and Inside Politics (later occasionally filling in for regular host John King). Later, she began producing programming specializing in coverage of the United States Senate where she would eventually become CNN's Chief Congressional Correspondent.[7]

Bash was one of the women honored at Elle magazine's 2014 "Women in Washington Power List" event.[8]

Bash was host of the 2019 Democratic presidential primary debate where Kamala Harris was noted for making her "that little girl was me" statement to Joe Biden.[9][10]

In 2021, Bash joined Jake Tapper to become co-host of CNN's Sunday morning show State of The Union.

In April 2023, CNN announced that Bash would succeed John King as solo anchor of Inside Politics.[11][12]

In 2024, she co-moderated a Republican Primary Debate in Iowa alongside Jake Tapper between Nikki Haley and Ron DeSantis.[13] She also co-moderated the 2024 presidential election debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden alongside Jake Tapper.

Personal life[edit]

Bash and John King in 2009

From 1998 to 2007, Bash was married to Jeremy Bash, who would become CIA chief of staff and Department of Defense chief of staff under President Barack Obama.[14][15] In 2008, she married fellow CNN correspondent John King.[16][17] Bash gave birth to a son in 2011; she and King divorced in 2012.[18][19]

In 2011, she resigned as a trustee of Jewish Women International under pressure over its abortion-rights advocacy. A number of conservative blogs had highlighted the group's position on abortion after Bash accepted the trustee position.[20]


  1. ^ Pronounced /ˈdænə/ DAN-ah.


  1. ^ a b c d Palmer, Joanne (May 1, 2015). "News from a Jersey girl - CNN's Dana Bash talks at a benefit for the Academies at Gerrard Berman Day School". Jewish Standard. At 43, she has more than a decade of high-visibility work for the network behind her
  2. ^ Blitzer, Wolf; Bash, Dana (April 22, 2023). "Reporters' notebook: An intensely personal trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau". CNN. Retrieved May 1, 2023.
  3. ^ Holahan, Catherine (January 2, 2003). "CNN assigns Montvale native to cover White House". The Record. Bergen County, New Jersey. Archived from the original on May 16, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2008. MONTVALE – Dana Bash grew up behind the scenes. And family members say it was just a matter of time before the Pascack Hills High School graduate and newest CNN White House correspondent was in front of them.
  4. ^ Josephs, Susan. "10 Women to watch: Dana Bash". Jewish Women Magazine. Archived from the original on December 15, 2019. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  5. ^ "WEDDINGS; Dana Schwartz, Jeremy Bash". The New York Times. September 6, 1998. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 3, 2020.
  6. ^ Handy, Nicholas (May 13, 2018). "Speakers bring the sunshine to rainy FPU commencement Saturday". Monadnock Ledger-Transcript. Retrieved May 2, 2022.
  7. ^ "CNN Programs - Anchors/Reporters - Dana Bash". www.cnn.com. Retrieved February 3, 2020.
  8. ^ Watters, Susan (March 26, 2014). "Gucci and Elle Honor Women in Washington Power List". WWD. Retrieved March 28, 2014.
  9. ^ Steinberg, Brian (July 8, 2019). "CNN Taps Dana Bash, Don Lemon, Jake Tapper to Host Next Democrat Debate". Variety. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  10. ^ Kamala Harris confronts Joe Biden on debate stage - CNN Video, June 28, 2019, retrieved February 4, 2021
  11. ^ "CNN Announces New Roles for John King and Dana Bash". Retrieved April 27, 2023.
  12. ^ Jeremy Barr (April 27, 2023). "Dana Bash will succeed John King as anchor of CNN political news show". Washington Post. Retrieved April 28, 2023.
  13. ^ Astor, Maggie (January 2, 2024). "CNN's Iowa Debate Will Be a DeSantis-Haley Showdown". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 17, 2024.
  14. ^ "Weddings; Dana Schwartz, Jeremy Bash". The New York Times. September 6, 1998. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  15. ^ Stein, Jeff (April 3, 2009). "CIA Has a Bash, Jeremy Bash". Huffington Post.
  16. ^ Bloom, Nate (February 8, 2008). "Grammy Time". J. The Jewish News of Northern California. CNN chief national correspondent John King, 43, is set to marry CNN congressional correspondent Dana Bash, 36, in May. King, who is of Irish Catholic background, told the New York Post: "I'm studying to convert and will consider inviting you to my bar mitzvah.
  17. ^ "Bash, King s king-sized bash to take place on Cape Cod". Washington Examiner. March 26, 2008.
  18. ^ "Love, etc.: CNN's Dana Bash and John King welcome son". The Washington Post. June 29, 2011.
  19. ^ "John King and Dana Bash separate; CNN stars were married four years". The Washington Post. March 20, 2012. Retrieved March 21, 2012.
  20. ^ "CNNs Bash severs ties to Jewish womens [sic] group". J. The Jewish News of Northern California. June 24, 2011.

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