Dana Bash

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Dana Bash
Dana Bash by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Bash recording a piece for CNN in Manchester, N.H., on January 10, 2012
Born Dana Ruth Schwartz
(1971-06-15) June 15, 1971 (age 45)
Montvale, New Jersey
Education Pascack Hills High School, New Jersey
Alma mater The George Washington University
Occupation Reporter and anchorwoman
Notable credit(s) Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress from National Press Foundation
Spouse(s) Jeremy Bash (1998–2007)
John King (2008–12)
Children 1 (with King)

Dana ("DAN-ah") Bash (born Dana Ruth Schwartz; June 15, 1971) is an American journalist and anchorwoman for CNN who currently acts as the network's chief political correspondent and occasional anchorwoman. Previous to this assignment, she was a White House and Capitol Hill correspondent for the network.

Early life and education[edit]

Bash was born to a Reform Jewish family[2][3] family in Manhattan,[2] the daughter of Frances (née Weinman) and Stu Schwartz. Her father was an ABC News producer who served as the senior broadcast producer for Good Morning America. Her mother is an author and educator in Jewish studies. She has a brother, David Schwartz, who is a New York City-based video producer. She moved around as a child: first to Teaneck, New Jersey when she was two; then Washington D.C. soon after; and last to Montvale, New Jersey where she made her bat mitzvah.[2] Bash was educated at Pascack Hills High School, a public high school in her hometown of Montvale, New Jersey.[4][2] She graduated cum laude[citation needed] with her bachelor's degree in political communications from George Washington University.[3]


During college, she interned at NBC, CBS, and lastly, CNN which she joined after college working in the tape library.[2] Before becoming an on-air reporter as Dana Schwartz, she was a producer for CNN on Capitol Hill, specializing in coverage of the U.S. Senate. Previous to that assignment, she produced for CNN's weekend programs, Late Edition, Evans & Novak, and Inside Politics.

Personal life[edit]

Bash has been married twice. In 1998, she married U.S. military insider Jeremy Bash;[5] they divorced in 2007.[6] On May 25, 2008, Bash married fellow CNN correspondent John King, who converted to Judaism prior to marrying her.[1][7] Bash and King have a son, Jonah Frank King, born in June 2011.[8] In March 2012, it was announced that Bash and King had separated.[9]

Awards and honors[edit]

On March 26, 2014, Elle magazine honored Bash, with others, at the Italian Embassy in the United States during its annual "Women in Washington Power List".[10]


  1. ^ a b "Celebrities | j. the Jewish news weekly of Northern California". Jweekly.com. April 18, 2008. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Jewish Standard: "News from a Jersey girl - CNN’s Dana Bash talks at a benefit for the Academies at Gerrard Berman Day School" by Joanne Palmer May 1, 2015
  3. ^ a b Jewish Women Magazine: "10 Women to watch: "Dana Bash" By Susan Josephs retrieved November 1, 2015
  4. ^ Holahan, Catherine "CNN assigns Montvale native to cover White House", The Record (Bergen County), January 2, 2003. Accessed 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."
  5. ^ "Weddings; Dana Schwartz, Jeremy Bash". The New York Times. September 6, 1998. Retrieved July 12, 2011. 
  6. ^ Huffington Post: "CIA Has a Bash, Jeremy Bash" by Jeff Stein April 3, 2009
  7. ^ Washington Examiner: "Bash, King s king-sized bash to take place on Cape Cod" March 26, 2008
  8. ^ "Love, etc.: CNN's Dana Bash and John King welcome son". The Washington Post. June 29, 2011. 
  9. ^ "John King and Dana Bash separate; CNN stars were married four years". Washington Post. March 20, 2012. Retrieved March 21, 2012. 
  10. ^ Watters, Susan (March 26, 2014). "Gucci and Elle Honor Women in Washington Power List". WWD. Retrieved March 28, 2014. 

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