Jake Tapper Biography
Jake Tapper is a renowned writer, author, and cartoonist from the United States. He is the Lead Washington Anchor for CNN, and hosts the weekday TV news show The Lead with Jake Tapper, and co-hosts the State of the Union public affairs program on Sunday morning public affairs program State of the Union.
Tapper’s 27-year career has seen him cover significant events in the United States, including President Obama’s inauguration in January 2009. He received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current Headline Story. Tapper moderated the Republican primary debate in September 2015, drawing more than 23 million viewers. This made it the most-watched program in CNN’s history and the second-most-watched primary debate ever.
Tapper attended the Akiba Hebrew Academy, an independent Jewish day school formerly based in Merion, Pennsylvania. He then went to Dartmouth College, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History degree from Phi Beta Kappa to magna cum laude in 1991. While in Dartmouth, Tapper was a member of the brotherhood of Alpha Chi Alpha. He attended, though briefly, the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Tapper began his career in 1992 as the press secretary for Democratic Congressional nominee Marjorie Margolies-Campaign Mezvinsky, who was later involved in a criminal campaign scandal, and then worked as her press secretary.
Jake Tapper also worked with Powell Tate, owned by Democrat Jody Powell and Republican Sheila Tate, a D.C-based public relations agency. Moreover, he worked with the Brady Center to Combat Gun Violence at Handgun Control, Inc. During this period, he started a freelance job writing papers that later propelled him into a full-time career in journalism.
Tapper was a Senior Writer for the Washington City Paper news outlet, beginning in 1998. His report on going on a date with Monica Lewinsky, which started a series of activities, ultimately earned him an award from the Society of Professional Journalists.
In addition, he was the Washington Correspondent for Salon.com between 1999 and 2002. He vehemently challenged the accusations made by the Bush administration in the aftermath of 9/11 about Iraq possessing weapons of mass destruction.
In 2003, Tapper went to work for ABC News. While there, he covered Baghdad, New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, and Afghanistan. Tapper became the White House Senior Correspondent in November 2008, one day after the 2008 presidential election. Moreover, his amazing work as a correspondent won him the White House Correspondents’ Association’s Merriman Smith Memorial Award for 2010, 2011, and 2012.
Tapper joined CNN in January 2013 and started working as an anchor for his show, The Lead with Jake Tapper. He also worked as the chief Washington reporter for CNN. The show was such a phenomenal success that it won three National Headliner Awards for its reporting within a year of airing.
The first prize for its coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing and the second prize for its coverage of the Oklahoma tornadoes in the “Coverage of a major news event” category were also received by other broadcast TV networks, cable networks, and syndicators.
The program was given the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Investigative Reporting by the Society of Professional Journalists the following year. This was in recognition of a series of stories on academic fraud by correspondent Sara Ganim at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
In addition, Tapper moderated two Republican primary debates at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, in September 2015, drawing a record 23.1 million viewers. In CNN’s history, it became the most-watched program and the second most-watched presidential debate ever. He held the Republican presidential debate in Miami in March of the following year, drawing nearly 12 million viewers.
Jake Tapper Age
How old is Jake Trapper? Tapper is 54 years as of 2023. He was born Jacob Paul Tapper on March 12, 1969, in New York, New York, the United States. In addition, he celebrates his birthday on 12th March every year and his zodiac sign is Pisces.
Jake Tapper Parents
Tapper was born and raised by his parents Theodore and Helen Anne Tapper. His father originated from Chicago is a university graduate from Dartmouth College and Harvard Medical School. Theodore, also worked as the president of South Philadelphia Paediatrics and associate clinical professor of pediatrics at Jefferson Medical College.
His mother, who comes from Canada, is a former psychiatric nurse at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Tapper is Jewish and growing up, he used to spend his summers attending the Jewish summer camp Camp Ramah in the Poconos.
Jake Tapper Wife
Tapper is a married man. He has been married to Jennifer Marie Brown since 2006. Together, they and their two children reside in Washington D.C. The family is practicing Jews and observes Jewish ordinances.
Jake Tapper Height
Tapper stands at a height of 1.85 meters and weighs 85 Kg. He has light brown hair and dark brown eyes.
Jake Tapper Net Worth
Jake has an estimated net worth of around $10 million. His income is mainly attributed to his successful career as a journalist.
Jake Tapper Awards
Tapper was honored by the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism with the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism in 2017 for his work at CNN.
The same year, he was awarded the Radio Television Digital News Association’s John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award. As part of a team of four at CNN who won the Merriman Smith Award for broadcasting coverage on the White House under deadline pressure. Moreover, Tapper also received two honorary degrees from UMass Amherst and Dartmouth. Carl Bernstein, Jim Sciutto, and Evan Perez were the other three.