Jake Tapper is a renowned journalist and author who works at CNN as the Chief Washington Correspondent. One of the most popular media personalities working for the media giant, he also hosts the Sunday morning affairs program, State of the Union, and the weekday TV news show, The Lead with Jake Tapper.
The several decades that Tapper has spent as a journalist has seen him cover major events across the United States, including the inauguration of President Obama in January 2009; which earned him an Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story.
In September 2015, Tapper moderated The Republican primary debate which attracted over 23 million viewers, making it the most-watched program in the history of CNN and the second-most-watched primary debate ever.
Highlights Of The Experiences That Prepared the Journalist For His CNN Role
The Chief Washington Correspondent for CNN wasted no time in kicking off his career after he graduated from college. As you would easily find, Jake Tapper attended Akiba Hebrew Academy, an independent Jewish day school. Thereafter, he proceeded to Dartmouth College where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in History; this was in 1991.
In 1992, he kicked off his professional life, serving as a Campaign Press Secretary for Democratic congressional candidate Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky. He was also her congressional press secretary at some point. In addition to that, Tapper worked for the D.C-based public relations firm, Powell Tate, and for Handgun Control, Inc. (now the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence). Within this time, he began freelancing, writing articles that later launched him into a full-time career in journalism.
He Worked For Washington City Paper And ABC News Before Joining CNN
Beginning from 1998, Tapper was a Senior Writer for the news outlet, Washington City Paper. His article about going on a date with Monica Lewinsky which explored the culture of political scandals won him a Society of Professional Journalists award.
Between 1999 and 2002, he was the Washington Correspondent for Salon.com. In the wake of 9/11, he vehemently questioned the claims made by the Bush administration about Iraq having weapons of mass destruction. All of this earned him a fine reputation that attracted prominent media establishments.
It was sometime in 2003 that Tapper joined ABC News. While there, he covered significant stories that ranged from the Iraqi war to Hurricane Katrina. He also served as a host and anchor, gaining the experience that saw him become Senior White House Correspondent, this was in November 2008, a day after the 2008 presidential election. His incredible performance in this capacity earned him the Merriman Smith Memorial Award from the White House Correspondents’ Association respectively in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
He Joined CNN In 2013 And Secured His Status As A Veteran In Journalism
His time with the prominent media house began as chief Washington correspondent and anchor for The Lead with Jake Tapper. The program was such a phenomenal success that within a year of airing, it won three National Headliner Awards for its reporting. It also floored other broadcast TV networks, cable networks, and syndicators, to clinch the gongs in categories like “coverage of a major news event” and “continuing coverage of a major news event”.
The following year, the program was awarded a Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Award for Investigative Reporting; this was for a series of reports on academic fraud at the University of North Carolina.
In September 2015, Tapper moderated two Republican primary debates from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library at Simi Valley, California, which drew a whopping 23.1 million viewers. It became the most-watched program in the history of CNN and the second most-watched primary debate ever. In March the following year, he moderated a Republican presidential debate in Miami which attracted almost 12 million viewers.
For his works at CNN, Tapper has received the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism. He bagged the gong in 2017 from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. That same year, he received the John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association.
The journalist has received two honorary degrees from UMass Amherst and Dartmouth. Moreso, he was a part of a team of four at CNN who won the Merriman Smith Award for broadcast reporting on the White House under deadline pressure. The other three were Carl Bernstein, Jim Sciutto, and Evan Perez.
Jake Tapper Has Been Married to Jennifer Marie Brown Since 2006
The journalist has been a married man for over a decade. He got married to Jennifer Marie Brown in 2006. A graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Jennifer was working for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America as a regional field manager based in Washington, D.C. when they got married.
From what we learned, the couple met for the first time in 2004 at a hotel bar. It is said that the journalist was in Des Moines covering the Iowa caucuses for ABC’s Good Morning America.
After John Kerry emerged the winner, Jake and his producer went to the Kerry campaign headquarters for the party that would follow. He walked into the Hotel Fort Des Moines and beheld the woman who would become his wife.
Tapper was instantly taken to Jennifer when he spotted her at the hotel bar. He walked up to her, they talked, had their first date the next day, and the rest is history.
Their Union Is Blessed With Two Kids, One Is An Author
The couple has largely maintained a low profile, but it is no secret that they reside in Washington D.C. with their two kids. Their first child is a daughter named Alice Paul Tapper. Her brother’s name is Jack.
Alice became an author before she became a teenager. It was reported in 2019 that she wrote a children’s book aimed at encouraging young girls to speak up and raise their hands in class.
In 2016, my daughter Alice noticed girls weren't raising their hands in class with the same confidence that boys were. She talked about it with her mom/my wife, her @girlscouts troop, the head of local Girl Scouts @GSCNC and came up with an idea for a RAISE YOUR HAND patch.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) March 8, 2019
She reportedly donated all the proceeds from the book to the Girl Scouts. Inspired by that, Oprah Winfrey donated the same amount to the nonprofit organization.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) March 9, 2019
A Look At The Family Jake Hails From
Jacob Paul Tapper was born in New York City on March 12, 1969, to Theodore and Helen Anne Tapper. Originally from Chicago, his father graduated from Dartmouth College and Harvard Medical School. He later served as the president of South Philadelphia Paediatrics and associate clinical professor of pediatrics at Jefferson Medical College.
His mother is from Canada. She is a retired psychiatric nurse at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Jake Tapper is Jewish and growing up, he spent his summers attending the Jewish summer camp, Camp Ramah, in the Poconos. He is not the only child of his parents, he has a brother named Aaron J. Hahn Tapper.