Yellin at Rand Paul's Nomination Victory Party on May 18, 2010 in Bowling Green, Kentucky
|Born||Jessica Sage Yellin
February 25, 1971
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Parent(s)||Adele Adest Yellin
Ira Edward Yellin
Jessica Sage Yellin (born February 25, 1971) is an American television journalist, who served as the Chief White House Correspondent for CNN in Washington, D.C. where she covered Capitol Hill, domestic politics and the White House for CNN. According to Elle magazine, Yellin is considered to be one of the most influential women in Washington.
Early life and education
Yellin was born in Los Angeles, California, the only daughter of Adele Marilyn (née Adest) and Ira Edward Yellin. She has one brother, Seth. Her father, the son of an Orthodox rabbi, was a prominent real estate developer who focused on restoring older architectural gems and neighborhoods in Los Angeles. He also was a past president of the American Jewish Committee. She attended St. Augustine-by-the-Sea elementary school (now named Crossroads Elementary, of the Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences) in Santa Monica, CA. She was president of her high school graduating class at The Westlake School for Girls in Los Angeles. She graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude where she was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Chief White House Correspondent
As Chief White House correspondent she conducted an in-depth interview with President Barack Obama that aired throughout the Democratic Convention and helped shaped the network's coverage. She has provided breaking news and analysis on President Obama's administration and during the 2012 election interviewed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, First Lady Michelle Obama, former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, House Speaker John Boehner and former top economist Larry Summers.
Prior to serving as Chief White House Correspondent Yellin served as National Political Correspondent at CNN where she traveled the country covering hotly contested races throughout the network’s 2008 and 2012 ‘America Votes’ election coverage. Yellin has also covered significant policy debates in Washington, including the push to reform the financial regulatory system.
Yellin joined CNN as a Capitol Hill correspondent in August 2007. Prior to CNN, Yellin was a White House correspondent for ABC News. She began with ABC in July 2003 and reported on politics and culture for such programs as Good Morning America and Nightline. She has interviewed Presidents Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush. She has also reported from around the globe, including Russia, China, Europe, Latin America and Mongolia.
Prior to joining ABC News, Yellin was an overnight anchor and correspondent for MSNBC. She covered the 2000 recount in Florida as a general assignment reporter at WTVT-TV in Tampa. She began her broadcast career in 1998 as a general assignment reporter for Orlando's 24-hour cable news channel, Central Florida News 13. In 1999, she was named morning anchor.
Yellin’s work has been published in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Details Magazine and Entertainment Weekly. Her experience includes working in Los Angeles reporting for George Magazine. Prior to this, she served as front-of-the-book editor at Los Angeles Magazine, where she contributed and edited stories on politics, Hollywood and cultural issues.
In August 2013, Yellin became chief domestic affairs correspondent and also served as a substitute anchor. Reportedly dissatisfied with the move, Yellin decided to leave CNN in October that same year.
In the fall of 2014 she was the regular guest host for WBUR's program On Point while Tom Ashbrook took time off to deal with family issues.
Honors and awards
In 2010, she won a Gracie Award for her reporting on the intersection of women and politics. Where she reported on the role of women in politics and examining whether they are treated differently on the national scene versus men.
Highlights and controversies
Yellin covered the 2012 election between President Barack Obama and Republican Party nominee Mitt Romney.
Bill Clinton, Sarah Palin and the economy
Iraq War coverage
While appearing on Anderson Cooper 360° on May 28, 2008, Yellin admitted to having been pressured by her former employer, MSNBC, to avoid negative reporting and report favorably on the war in Iraq in the run-up to it. Yellin later clarified her comments, and some speculate about pressure from her employers with regard to these matters.
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- According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. At Ancestry.com
- "Yellin named chief White House correspondent". Cnnpressroom.blogs.cnn.com. 2011-06-28. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
- Rachel Combe (March 18, 2013). "Michelle Freeman - 10 Most Influential Women Washington DC". Elle. p. 8. Retrieved 2014-06-07.
- "Yellin and Mitchell Grace Elle - FishbowlDC". Mediabistro.com. 2013-03-22. Retrieved 2014-06-07.
- Patrick Gavin (2013-03-21). "Elle honors D.C.’s powerful women". Politico. Retrieved 2014-06-07.
- New York Times: "Adele Adest Married to Ira Yellin" March 25, 1968
- Jewish Journal: "Remembering Ira Yellin - A true pioneer of downtown redevelopment" by Dan Rosenfeld August 1, 2012
- Los Angeles Times Obituaries: "Ira Yellin, 62; Civic Leader and Longtime Champion of the City's Historic Core" by KURT STREETER September 11, 2002
- "CNN Correspondent Jessica Yellin Out At Network: TV Newser". Huffington Post. 2013-10-09. Retrieved 2014-06-07.
- "Jessica Yellin to Leave CNN (Report)". TheWrap. 2013-10-09. Retrieved 2014-06-07.
- "Jessica Yellin honored with Gracie award". Anderson Cooper 360 - CNN.com Blogs. 2010-05-25. Retrieved 2014-06-07.
- Jessica Yellin: Getting Yelled at by Bill Clinton So You Don't Have To. Posted January 28, 2008. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
- Palin's town charged women for rape exams. Posted September 22, 2008. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
- GOP House Leader Says McCain "Got The Discussion Going In The Direction That We Wanted". Posted September 26, 2008. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
- TV news under the microscope. Posted May 29, 2008. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
- Jessica Yellin 180°. Posted May 30, 2008. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
|CNN Senior White House Correspondent
2011 – 2013