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Former Chief White House Correspondent for CNN

Jessica Yellin was CNN’s chief White House correspondent based in the network’s Washington, D.C. bureau. She was named to the position in June 2011. Yellin contributes to CNN’s America’s Choice 2012 election coverage, reporting on President Barack Obama’s administration and his re-election campaign.

Prior to her current position, Yellin served as national political correspondent starting in January 2009. She covered vital stories on politics, policy and culture across CNN programs. Yellin often traveled the country, reporting on breaking political news, as well as political trends and happenings that impact Americans outside the nation’s capital. As a member of the Peabody Award-winning Best Political Team on Television, Yellin’s reporting was prominent throughout the network’s 2008 and 2010 ‘America Votes’ election coverage. During the 2008 campaign, she traveled throughout the battleground states to cover key races and conduct interviews with the candidates. Yellin has also covered significant policy debates, including the push to reform the financial regulatory system. In 2010, she won a Gracie Award for her reporting on the intersection of women and politics.

Yellin joined CNN as a Capitol Hill correspondent in August 2007. Prior to CNN, Yellin was a White House correspondent for ABC News. She began with ABC in July 2003 and reported on politics and culture for such programs as World News, Good Morning America and Nightline. She has interviewed Presidents Bill Clinton and George H. W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush. She has also reported from around the globe, including Russia, China, Europe, Latin America and Mongolia.

Prior to joining ABC News, Yellin was an overnight anchor and correspondent for MSNBC. She covered the 2000 recount in Florida as a general assignment reporter at WTVT-TV in Tampa. She began her broadcast career in 1998 as a general assignment reporter for Orlando's 24-hour cable news channel, Central Florida News 13. In 1999, she was named morning anchor.

Yellin’s work has been published in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Details and Entertainment Weekly. She was a Los Angeles-based reporter for George Magazine. Prior to that, she served as front-of-the-book editor at Los Angeles Magazine, where she contributed and edited stories on politics, Hollywood and cultural issues.

Yellin graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University and is from Los Angeles.

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Speech Topics


Being a woman in the business and women in politics

President Obama: what he's like (covered him for 5 years)

Covering President Obama and Hillary Clinton

Making it even when they tell you, you won't

Inspirational and Funny stories

California Jewish girl goes East and her days on local news in Orlando and Tampa

The 2016 Race for the White House

How will the battle shape up for the White House in 2016? What can political outsiders do to help break Washington gridlock? Jessica Yellin offers analysis and insight into the people and issues that will dominate the upcoming Presidential election.

Behind the Lines at the White House: War Stories from the Political Front

Jessica Yellin has interviewed three Presidents, three first ladies, and many of the possible contenders for the 2016 presidential race, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. She offers insights into the personalities that will drive our politics for the next decade, and shares personal stories from behind the scenes on Air Force One, the West Wing and more.

Women and Leadership

Jessica Yellin was one of the few women ever to earn the title chief White House correspondent, and throughout her career has often been the only woman in a room. She shares lessons from her own experiences as a professional woman in Washington, research about what women can do to improve each other’s work experiences, and insight into how the political media covers women in power.

Experienced Moderator/Interviewer

Whether interviewing a world leader or moderating a panel discussing geopolitics, the economy or the next election, Jessica Yellin brings her vast experience, curiosity and warmth to your event. She will elevate the discussion focusing on the right questions to keep the presentation relevant, the participants engaged, and the energy high. As CNN’s chief White House correspondent, she interviewed President Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and First Lady Michelle Obama, and has also conducted interviews with Presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.

News


Jessica Yellin to Leave CNN (Report) - TheWrap

Longtime White House correspondent recently moved to domestic affairs.

Former White House reporter will speak on media and politics

Bradley says in a news release that Jessica Yellin will deliver the annual Robison Lecture on Oct. 13.

Judaism helped launch award-winning journalist Yellin’s career

Jessica Yellin, an award-winning television journalist, credits her late father, Ira, for inspiring her career path.

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