Gregg Jarrett

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Gregg Jarrett
Gregg Jarrett Television Anchor.jpg
Gregg Jarrett in 2015
Born Gregory Walter Jarrett
(1955-04-07) April 7, 1955 (age 62)
Los Angeles, California, U. S.
Occupation News anchor Fox News Channel, Defense attorney
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[dubious ]
Spouse(s) Catherine Kennedy Anderson (1993–present)

Gregory Walter "Gregg" Jarrett (born April 7, 1955) is an American news anchor and commentator and former attorney. He joined the Fox News Channel in November 2002, after working over ten years for local TV stations affiliated with NBC, ABC, PBS and national networks Court TV, and MSNBC.

Jarrett in 2016

Biography[edit]

Jarrett was born in Los Angeles and raised in nearby San Marino, California, graduating from San Marino High School in 1973.[1] He graduated magna cum laude from Claremont Men's College in 1977 with a degree in political science. He graduated from law school at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in 1980, and worked as a defense attorney for several years in San Francisco with the firm of Gordon & Rees LLP. He maintains his California bar license[2] and has taught law as an adjunct professor at New York Law School and lectured at other law schools.[3]

Jarrett joined the Fox News Channel in November 2002. He co-anchors weekend newscasts with Heather Childers and substitutes weekdays for America's Newsroom, Happening Now, and Shepard Smith Reporting. He is also a correspondent for the network's one-hour documentaries, and he serves as a legal analyst for both FNC and the Fox Business Network. He covered the Iraq War as a correspondent for Fox based in Baghdad from May through July 2003. Embedded with the 2nd Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division, he was among the first to report from Fallujah.

Prior to joining Fox, Jarrett worked at MSNBC as an anchor and correspondent. He was anchoring the morning of September 11, 2001 during the 9/11 attacks. He also served as a correspondent covering the Second Intifada in November and December 2001, reporting and anchoring newscasts from Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. Jarrett reported "live" from the Ben Yehuda Street bombing in Jerusalem on December 1, 2001 when two suicide bombers and a car bomb killed 13 people, including many children, and injured 188 others.[4]

Jarrett also worked at Court TV (the network now known as TruTV) for eight years, serving as the anchor of Prime Time Justice. He hosted the network's nationally syndicated half-hour magazine show, Inside America's Courts, which was seen daily on broadcast stations (NBC in New York City and Los Angeles) and weekends on CNBC. He was a main anchor for the O.J. Simpson murder trial on location in Los Angeles in 1995, and he covered other major trials including the Menendez brothers, William Kennedy Smith, Jeffrey Dahmer, Rodney King, Marv Albert, and former au pair Louise Woodward. His weekly legal column, syndicated by Knight Ridder/Tribune Media, was distributed to 350 newspapers across the country.[3]

Prior to Court TV, Jarrett worked for a number of local stations including KCSM-TV in San Francisco, California; WMDT-TV in Salisbury, Maryland; WKFT-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina and KSNW-TV in Wichita, Kansas. While at KSNW, he captured the Emmy award-winning "underpass tornado" video which was famously featured on many T.V. storm specials.[5][6]

Political views[edit]

Jarrett has been criticized for letting his political beliefs color his legal commentary, sometimes changing his mind on legal issue based on which political figure would be affected. On August 3, 2017, Jarrett called for a grand jury for Hillary Clinton over her email controversy.[7] A day later, when a grand jury was impaneled by special counsel Robert Mueller in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections, Jarrett said that grand juries were an "undemocratic farce".[7] Jarrett later called the Mueller investigation "illegitimate and corrupt" on Fox News, stating that "the FBI has become America's secret police" and "a shadow government".[8] Jarrett likened the FBI to the KGB, the Soviet security agency, for which he received PolitiFact's "Pants on Fire" rating.[9] According to PolitiFact, "numerous historians of the FBI and the KGB say the comparison is ridiculous. The KGB implemented the goals of the Communist Party leadership, including countless examples of tortures and summary executions. The FBI, by contrast, is subject to the rule of law and is democratically accountable."[9]

In the context of possible collusion between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and the Russian government, Jarrett has said that any such collusion would not be a crime: "Collusion is not a crime. Only in antitrust law. You can collude all you want with a foreign government in an election. There is no such statute."[10][11] According to PolitiFact, the statement is false, "Three prominent election law scholars said there are at least four laws that would prohibit the sort of activities under investigation, whether those laws mention collusion or not. Jarrett’s focus on a single word fails to reflect the reach of the criminal code."[10]

Jarrett has said that former FBI Director James Comey may have broken the law by releasing a memo to press wherein Comey recounted a conversation with President Trump where Trump requested that Comey end the investigation into Michael T. Flynn.[12] According to University of Texas School of Law professor Bobby Chesney, Jarrett's assertion is "nonsense".[12] University of Georgia law professor Diane Marie Amann also refuted Jarrett's assertion.[13]

Personal[edit]

Jarrett anchoring on Fox News, July 2016

In mid-May 2014, Jarrett requested a leave of absence for personal reasons. His leave was granted by Fox and he was replaced by other journalists with no date set for his return. Jarrett was arrested Wednesday May 21, 2014 in the afternoon at Northern Lights Grill in Terminal One of the Minneapolis-St.Paul Airport, according to Metropolitan Airports Commission spokesman Patrick Hogan. Airport police, who were called to the bar, reported that Jarrett seemed intoxicated, acted belligerently and refused to follow their orders. Jarrett was booked into Hennepin County Jail and charged with interfering with a peace officer.[14]

County jail records show that Jarrett posted a $300 bail and was scheduled for a court appearance on June 6.[14] Jarrett returned to Fox News in early December 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gregg Jarrett's profile". Fox News Channel. 2014. 
  2. ^ "California State Bar records". 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Lane, Judy (Autumn 1997). "ALUMNI PROFILE /Gregg Jarrett '80: A Legal Career in Television" (PDF). UC Hastings Alumni Magazine. p. 12. Retrieved May 11, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Happy Birthday To Larchmont's Gregg Jarrett," April 7, 2014, Mamaroneck Daily Voice. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
  5. ^ Jarrett, Gregg; Lewis, Ted. "Kansas Turnpike Tornado, 26-April-1991" (video). YouTube. El Dorado, Kansas. Retrieved May 11, 2014. 
  6. ^ "1991 Heartland Emmy Awards". National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Heartland Chapter of NATAS. 1991. Retrieved May 11, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Rowland, Geoffrey (August 4, 2017). "Fox's Jarrett calls grand juries 'undemocratic farce' one day after calling for one for Clinton". The Hill. Retrieved August 4, 2017. 
  8. ^ Concha, Joe (December 7, 2017). "Fox legal analyst Jarrett: Mueller investigation 'illegitimate and corrupt'". The Hill. Retrieved December 7, 2017. 
  9. ^ a b "Has the FBI 'become America's secret police'?". @politifact. Retrieved 2017-12-09. 
  10. ^ a b "Fox News host wrong that no law bans Russia-Trump collusion". PolitiFact. Retrieved August 4, 2017. 
  11. ^ "If Donald Trump Is a Crook, What Kind Is He?". Foreign Policy. Retrieved August 4, 2017. 
  12. ^ a b "No, Jim Comey Is Not In Legal Jeopardy". Lawfare. May 17, 2017. Retrieved August 4, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Trump asks if Comey's leaks 'totally illegal.' Not really". PolitiFact. Retrieved August 4, 2017. 
  14. ^ a b Stanglin, Doug (May 22, 2014). "Pills possible factor in Fox News anchor's arrest". USA Today. 

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