|Born||April 7, 1992|
Prattville, Alabama, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Alabama (B.A.)|
|Occupation||White House Correspondent for CNN|
|Known for||CNN White House correspondent|
Collins was born in Prattville, Alabama, the second oldest of four children. Her father Jeff Collins is a mortgage banker. She graduated from Prattville High School and went on to attend the University of Alabama, where she majored in Political Science and Journalism, and was a member of Alpha Phi sorority. After graduating with her Bachelor of Arts degree in May 2014, Collins moved to Washington, D.C..
In June 2014, Collins was hired by The Daily Caller as an entertainment reporter; she became the website's White House correspondent in January 2017. In 2017, Collins joined CNN as a White House correspondent. She has traveled with President Trump to at least half a dozen countries.
In July 2018, Collins was barred from a Trump administration press conference in the White House Rose Garden. Collins said that she was barred from the event after asking Trump questions about Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen in the Oval Office. Collins said she was told by senior White House officials that such questions were "inappropriate for that venue." Trump's press secretary Sarah Sanders asserted that Collins "shouted questions and refused to leave," while Trump's advisor Kellyanne Conway said that the action was about "being polite." Trump's deputy chief of staff for communications, Bill Shine, objected to the characterization of the White House's action as a "ban" but "declined to tell reporters what word he would use to characterize the White House’s decision to block her from attending the event." CNN stated that the ban on Collins was "retaliatory" and "not indicative of an open and free press." The White House Correspondents Association called the ban "wholly inappropriate, wrong-headed, and weak." Jay Wallace, president of Fox News, issued a statement in support of Collins, saying that his organization "[stood] in strong solidarity with CNN for the right to full access for our journalists as part of a free and unfettered press."
In April 2020, she questioned the President about his claim of total authority to manage social distancing restrictions related to the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. At a White House press briefing later in April 2020, Collins refused to comply with an order by a White House official to exchange a seat closer to the front of the assigned press corp seating with another reporter representing a different news outlet seated in the rear (the other reporter likewise refusing to comply with the order for the seat swap.) Collins' assigned seat was on the front row, where correspondents representing major networks like CNN, NBC, and others had been assigned seating in the briefing room under social distancing protocol, under a plan managed by the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) and agreed to by White House officials the previous month. Collins' refusal to comply with the order issued by the White House official prompted that official to suggest that Secret Service may be summoned, a development that ultimately did not unfold.
In October 2018, Collins' tweets from 7 years earlier, when Collins was 19 and studying at the University of Alabama, surfaced in which she used homophobic language. In one tweet, she wrote, "Prologue to Canterbury Tales, you fag." In another, she writes that she doesn't know if she wants to "room with a lesbian." She later issued an apology stating she was immature at the time, and it does not represent how she feels about the issues now.
In 2019, Collins was Mediaite's number 50 Most Influential person in News Media. Collins was named to Crain's NewsPro's 12 to Watch in TV News in January 2019. She was also named one of Forbes magazine's 30 under 30: Media in 2019.
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