Suzanne Malveaux

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Suzanne Malveaux
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Malveaux in 2008
Suzanne Maria Malveaux[1]

(1966-12-04) December 4, 1966 (age 54)
Partner(s)Karine Jean-Pierre

Suzanne Maria Malveaux (/sˈzɑːn mɑːlˈv/; born December 4, 1966) is an American television news journalist. She co-anchored the CNN international news program Around The World and editions of CNN Newsroom. Malveaux also served as CNN White House correspondent and as primary substitute to Wolf Blitzer on The Situation Room. She joined CNN in 2002 and is based in Washington, D.C.

Early life and education[edit]

Malveaux was born in Lansing, Michigan, into a New Orleans-based family, with parents both of Louisiana Creole origin: their roots are of French, Spanish, and African descent.[2] Malveaux has stated that different members of her family identify as white, biracial, and/or black, and that she considers herself black.[1] Her father, Floyd Joseph Malveaux, was a doctor who became the dean of the College of Medicine at Howard University; he was the executive director of the Merck Childhood Asthma Network and a founder of Howard University's National Human Genome Center.[3][4][5] Her mother, the former Myrna Maria Ruiz, is a retired schoolteacher.[6] In an episode of "Finding Your Roots", it was revealed to her that her French roots trace back to a 17th century French-Canadian fur trader from Quebec, that a seven-greats-grandmother on her father's side (the fur trader's wife) was a Native American of the Kaskaskia tribe, and that one of her ancestors in Louisiana was a free black who himself owned slaves.[1]

Malveaux was graduated from Centennial High School in Ellicott City, Maryland, in 1984, then Harvard College with an A.B. cum laude in sociology, writing a senior thesis based on a semester she spent at Howard University.[7] At Harvard, she was one year junior to future CNN reporter Soledad O'Brien.[8] She graduated with a master's degree in broadcasting from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1991.[8] Suzanne is an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.


Malveaux's first television job was with New England Cable News as a general assignment reporter in Boston, from 1992 to 1996.[9] She then moved to Washington, D.C., and worked for NBC affiliate WRC-TV from 1996–1999 as a self-described "rock-and-roll" reporter reporting local and crime news.[citation needed]

In 1999, Meet The Press host Tim Russert recruited Malveaux to join NBC News.[10] She reported for three years first in Washington, including as a Pentagon correspondent, then in Chicago.[citation needed] She covered national stories such as Bill Clinton's impeachment, Elián González, the Kosovo War, the 2000 Presidential Election, the 9/11 attacks, and the 2001 war in Afghanistan.[citation needed]

In August 2007, Malveaux was the moderator of the thirty-first annual convention of the National Association of Black Journalists[11] and has served on various panels at previous conventions of the NABJ, of which she is a member.[12]

In advance of the Democratic and Republican national conventions, Malveaux anchored a 90-minute documentary on then-Senator Barack Obama as part of a two-part series on the 2008 general election presidential candidates. Additionally, she served as a panelist questioning the candidates in the Democratic presidential primary debate in South Carolina sponsored by CNN and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute in January 2008. She also played a key role in CNN's 2004 election coverage and its Emmy-winning 2006 election coverage.

Malveaux later augmented her White House reporting by serving as the primary substitute anchor for The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, a two-hour-long program that airs every weekday on CNN. In 2011, she was named dayside anchor of CNN Newsroom.[13] In 2012, she became host of Aspire TV network's eight part series, "The Root 100".[14]

In 2014, Malveaux's show Around the World was canceled, which allowed her to return to Washington, D.C. to better care for her mother, who has ALS.[15]

Important interviews and presidential-related travel[edit]

As White House correspondent, Malveaux has interviewed former presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush, as well as former first lady Laura Bush. Her coverage of presidential trips overseas has taken her to Europe, the Balkans, Southeast Asia, Africa, Australia, Latin America, and the Middle East.[citation needed]

In June 2015, a London gay pride parade included a parody ISIL flag, replacing the Arabic letters with dildos and butt plugs. Malveaux described the presence of what she mistakenly thought was a real ISIS flag at a gay pride parade as "unnerving" and conducted a seven-minute live interview with a CNN "terrorism expert" in London.[16][17][18]

Personal life[edit]

She has three siblings:

Columnist and former Bennett College president Julianne Malveaux is a distant cousin.[25]

On the June 3, 2014, episode of The Situation Room, host Wolf Blitzer announced that Malveaux adopted a baby girl.[26]

Her family lived in New Orleans and later Howard County, Maryland, and she attended Centennial High School in Ellicott City, Maryland.

Malveaux is openly gay and in a relationship with White House Deputy Press Secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre. They live in Washington D.C. with their adopted daughter.[27]


  1. ^ a b c Stated on Finding Your Roots, November 7, 2017
  2. ^ "Malveaux: New Orleans family longs to feel at home again -". CNN. August 29, 2007.
  3. ^ "Appointments, Tenure Decisions, and Promotions of African Americans in Higher Education", The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, No. 8 (Summer, 1995), pp. 106-108
  4. ^ "Calendars". Aetna. Retrieved 2013-01-23.
  5. ^ "Floyd Malveaux Biography - Earned His Ph.D. and M.D., Studied Allergies and Asthma - University, Research, Howard, and Health - JRank Articles". Retrieved 2013-01-23.
  6. ^ "The Malveaux Family".
  7. ^ Feinberg, Lawrence (September 9, 1989). "Student's Thesis Explores Her Black Identity". The Washington Post.
  8. ^ a b ""I stand with magic" campaign". 2007-12-01. Archived from the original on 2007-11-28. Retrieved 2013-01-23.
  9. ^ "CNN TV - Anchors/Reporters:Suzanne Malveaux".
  10. ^ "". CNN.
  11. ^ "Worldandnation: Journalists ask if she's 'black enough'". 2007-08-10. Retrieved 2013-01-23.
  12. ^ [1] Archived September 7, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "Suzanne Malveaux - Named CNN Anchor - White House - Mediaite". 19 January 2011.
  14. ^ "Aspire announces the world premiere of its groundbreaking original TV series The Root 100". ASPiRE. Archived from the original on 2015-09-23.
  15. ^ "Malveaux Mission - I'm Suzanne Malveaux and I'm committed to finding a cure for ALS with the Robert Packard Center!".
  16. ^ "WATCH CNN Dildo ISIS Flag London Gay Pride VIDEO - Mediaite". 27 June 2015.
  17. ^ Max Fisher (28 June 2015). "CNN's most embarrassing flub ever? The ISIS dildo gay pride flag, explained. - Vox". Vox.
  18. ^ "CNN spots "ISIS flag" at gay-pride parade - Business Insider". Business Insider. 27 June 2015.
  19. ^ "The Situation Room Sees Double With Suzanne Malveaux And Her Twin Sister". Retrieved 30 June 2010.
  20. ^ "Suzette M. Malveaux – Professor of Law". The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. Retrieved 10 Aug 2015.
  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-08-13. Retrieved 2014-02-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  22. ^ [2] Archived February 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  23. ^ "Richmond GOP". Richmond GOP. Archived from the original on 2014-12-18. Retrieved 2013-01-23.
  24. ^ "Montgomery College Catalog" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-01-23.
  25. ^ "Suzanne Malveaux". ASPiRE.
  26. ^ "CNN".
  27. ^ Bojarski, Sam (2020-10-23). "Karine Jean-Pierre: Biden Adviser And The Face Of An Inclusive America". The Haitian Times. Archived from the original on 2020-11-01. Retrieved 2021-06-24.

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