Jess Bravin

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Jess Bravin
Jess M. Bravin

EducationHarvard College
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley's School of Law (Boalt Hall
Years active1985-Present
EmployerWall Street Journal
Known forNews coverage of United States Supreme Court

Jess Bravin (born 1965) is currently the Wall Street Journal correspondent for the United States Supreme Court.[1][2]


Jess M. Bravin graduated from Harvard College, where he wrote from 1985 to 1987 for the Harvard Crimson.[3] and then the University of California, Berkeley's School of Law (Boalt Hall).[1][2] His roommate at Harvard was Peter Segal, humorist, writer, and host of NPR game show Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!.[4]


Early in his career, Bravin was a reporter for the Los Angeles Times and contributed to including the Washington Post, Harper’s Bazaar, and Spy magazine. He also red scripts for a talent agency and managed a campaign for a local school board. While in law school, he served on the University of California Board of Regents and as a City Council appointee to the Berkeley, Calif., Police Review Commission and Zoning Adjustments Board.[1]

Bravin joined the Wall Street Journal first as it California editor in San Francisco. He then became its national legal-affairs reporter. In 2005, he became Supreme Court correspondent for the Wall Street Journal.[1][2]

He has taught at the University of California Washington Center.[1]


Earlier, Mr. Bravin led the effort to designate Raymond Chandler Square (Los Angeles City Historic-Cultural Monument No. 597) in Hollywood, in honor of the hard-boiled novelist.[1]

Awards and Recognition[edit]

  • John Jacobs Fellowship at Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and Institute of Governmental Studies
  • John Field Simms Sr. Memorial Lectureship in Law at the University of New Mexico's School of Law
  • Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize
  • American Bar Association's Silver Gavel Award
  • National Press Foundation
  • New York News Publishers Association
  • New York Press Club



Chapters: Bravin has contributed to:

  • Violence in America: An Encyclopedia
  • Crimes of War 2.0
  • A Concise Introduction to Logic



  1. ^ a b c d e f "Jess Bravin: Supreme Court Correspondent". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Jess Bravin '97 Becomes Supreme Court Correspondent for The Wall Street Journal". Wall Street Journal. 13 June 2005. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Jess M. Bravin". The Harvard Crimson. 13 June 2005. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  4. ^ Scuderi, Benjamin M. (23 May 2012). "Peter D. Sagal". The Harvard Crimson. The Harvard Crimson Inc. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  5. ^ Bravin, Jess (15 May 1997). "Squeaky: The Life and Times of Lynette Alice Fromme". Macmillan. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  6. ^ Bravin, Jess (13 June 2005). "The Terror Courts". Yale University Press. Retrieved 16 March 2019.

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