Dana Bash

Dana Ruth Bash[a] (née Schwartz) is an American journalist, news anchor, and chief political correspondent for CNN.

Dana Bash
Dana Bash in 2016.jpg
Bash in 2016
Born
Dana Ruth Schwartz

(1971-06-15) June 15, 1971 (age 49)[1]
EducationPascack Hills High School, Montvale, New Jersey
Alma materGeorge Washington University (BA)
Occupation
  • Journalist
  • news anchor
EmployerCNN
Spouse(s)
Children1
Parent(s)Stuart Schwartz

Early life and educationEdit

Bash was born Dana Ruth Schwartz in Manhattan, New York City, to Frances (née Weinman) Schwartz, an author and educator in Jewish studies, and Stuart Schwartz, an ABC News producer who served as the senior broadcast producer for Good Morning America.[1] Her grandmother was television director and producer Lela Swift[2] and her great-uncle was baseball statistician Seymour Siwoff.[3] She grew up living in Washington, D.C., and New Jersey.[1] Bash attended Pascack Hills High School in Montvale, New Jersey.[4] She graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in political communications from George Washington University.[5][6] While at college, she interned at NBC, CBS, and CNN.[1] On May 12, 2018, Bash received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire.[citation needed]

CareerEdit

After college, Bash joined CNN as a producer of their weekend programs such as Late Edition, Evans & Novak, and Inside Politics. Later, she began producing programming specializing in coverage of the United States Senate.[7]

Bash was one of the women honored at Elle magazine's 2014 "Women in Washington Power List" event.[8]

Bash was host of the 2019 Democratic presidential primary debate where Kamala Harris was noted for making her "that little girl was me," statement to Joe Biden.[9][10] After the first of the 2020 United States presidential debates between Joe Biden and Donald Trump, Bash referred to the event as a "shitshow."[11]

Personal lifeEdit

 
Bash and John King in 2009

From 1998 to 2007, Bash was married to Jeremy Bash, who would become CIA Chief of Staff and Department of Defense Chief of Staff under President Barack Obama.[12][13] In 2008, she married fellow CNN correspondent John King.[14][15] Bash gave birth to a son, Jonah, in June 2011 and divorced from King in 2012.[16][17]

In 2011, she resigned as trustee of Jewish Women International over its pro-choice advocacy.[18]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Pronounced /ˈdænə/ DAN-ah.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d Palmer, Joanne (May 1, 2015). "News from a Jersey girl - CNN's Dana Bash talks at a benefit for the Academies at Gerrard Berman Day School". Jewish Standard. At 43, she has more than a decade of high-visibility work for the network behind her
  2. ^ Barnes, Mike (August 5, 2015). "Lela Swift, Director of Soap Operas 'Dark Shadows' and 'Ryan's Hope,' Dies at 96". Hollywood Reporter. Her other son, Stuart Schwartz, is a TV producer who has worked on Unsolved Mysteries and Good Morning America.
  3. ^ Patten, Dominic; Pedersen, Erik (August 4, 2015). "Lela Swift Dies: Pioneering TV Director Was 96". Deadline.
  4. ^ Holahan, Catherine (January 2, 2003). "CNN assigns Montvale native to cover White House". The Record. Bergen County, New Jersey. Archived from the original on May 16, 2011. Retrieved April 29, 2008. MONTVALE – Dana Bash grew up behind the scenes. And family members say it was just a matter of time before the Pascack Hills High School graduate and newest CNN White House correspondent was in front of them.
  5. ^ Josephs, Susan. "10 Women to watch: Dana Bash". Jewish Women Magazine. Archived from the original on December 15, 2019. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  6. ^ "WEDDINGS; Dana Schwartz, Jeremy Bash". The New York Times. September 6, 1998. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 3, 2020.
  7. ^ "CNN Programs - Anchors/Reporters - Dana Bash". www.cnn.com. Retrieved February 3, 2020.
  8. ^ Watters, Susan (March 26, 2014). "Gucci and Elle Honor Women in Washington Power List". WWD. Retrieved March 28, 2014.
  9. ^ Steinberg, Brian (July 8, 2019). "CNN Taps Dana Bash, Don Lemon, Jake Tapper to Host Next Democrat Debate". Variety. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  10. ^ Kamala Harris confronts Joe Biden on debate stage - CNN Video, retrieved February 4, 2021
  11. ^ Rahman, Abid (September 29, 2020). "CNN's Dana Bash Calls First Presidential Debate as "S*** Show" Live On Air". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  12. ^ "Weddings; Dana Schwartz, Jeremy Bash". The New York Times. September 6, 1998. Retrieved July 12, 2011.
  13. ^ Stein, Jeff (April 3, 2009). "CIA Has a Bash, Jeremy Bash". Huffington Post.
  14. ^ Bloom, Nate (February 8, 2008). "Grammy Time". J. The Jewish News of Northern California. CNN chief national correspondent John King, 43, is set to marry CNN congressional correspondent Dana Bash, 36, in May. King, who is of Irish Catholic background, told the New York Post: “I’m studying to convert and will consider inviting you to my bar mitzvah.
  15. ^ "Bash, King s king-sized bash to take place on Cape Cod". Washington Examiner. March 26, 2008.
  16. ^ "Love, etc.: CNN's Dana Bash and John King welcome son". The Washington Post. June 29, 2011.
  17. ^ "John King and Dana Bash separate; CNN stars were married four years". The Washington Post. March 20, 2012. Retrieved March 21, 2012.
  18. ^ "CNNs Bash severs ties to Jewish womens group". J. The Jewish News of Northern California. June 24, 2011.

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