Suzanne Maria Malveaux
December 4, 1966
Lansing, Michigan, U.S.
Suzanne Maria Malveaux (/ /; 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
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. Malveaux has stated that different members of her family identify as white, biracial, and/or black, and that she considers herself black. 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. Her mother, the former Myrna Maria Ruiz, is a retired schoolteacher. 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.
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. At Harvard, she was one year junior to future CNN reporter Soledad O'Brien. She graduated with a master's degree in broadcasting from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 1991. 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. 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.
In 1999, Meet The Press host Tim Russert recruited Malveaux to join NBC News. She reported for three years first in Washington, including as a Pentagon correspondent, then in Chicago. 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.
In August 2007, Malveaux was the moderator of the thirty-first annual convention of the National Association of Black Journalists and has served on various panels at previous conventions of the NABJ, of which she is a member.
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. In 2012, she became host of Aspire TV network's eight part series, "The Root 100".
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.
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.
She has three siblings:
- Suzette M. Malveaux (identical twin and a professor at the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America)
- Courtney M. Malveaux (Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Labor and Industry, former assistant attorney general for the state of Virginia and chairman of the Richmond Republican Committee)
- Gregory F. Malveaux (an associate professor of English at Montgomery College).
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