Jessica Sage Yellin (born February 25, 1971) is an American television journalist, who previously, served as the Chief White House Correspondent for CNN in Washington, D.C. where she covered Capitol Hill, domestic politics and the White House for CNN. According to Elle Yellin is considered to be one of the most influential women in Washington.
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Jessica Sage Yellin (born February 25, 1971) is an American television journalist, who previously, served as the Chief White House Correspondent for CNN in Washington, D.C. She also served as a Capitol Hill and National Political Correspondent for CNN, and she frequently shares air time with Dana Bash and John King.[4
Yellin was born in Los Angeles, California, the only daughter of Adele Marilyn (née Adest) and Ira Edward Yellin. She has one brother, Seth. Her father, the son of an Orthodox rabbi, was a prominent real estate developer who focused on restoring older architectural gems and neighborhoods in Los Angeles. He also was a past president of the American Jewish Committee. She attended St. Augustine-by-the-Sea elementary school (now named Crossroads Elementary, of the Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences) in Santa Monica, CA. She was president of her high school graduating class at The Westlake School for Girls in Los Angeles. She graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude, where she was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Yellin worked at ABC News from July 2003 to August 2007, serving as White House correspondent for the ABC News program Good Morning America, and ABC News. She also previously worked for MSNBC. Before that, Yellin was a reporter for WTVT in Tampa, Florida, and anchor/reporter for Central Florida News 13 in Orlando, Florida.
Yellin moved to CNN in July 2007. On January 12, 2008, Yellin began her new role as a National Political Correspondent for CNN, covering the 2008 presidential election for the network, and was appointed CNN's Chief White House Correspondent on June 28, 2011, replacing Ed Henry who had moved to Fox News.
In August 2013, Yellin became chief domestic affairs correspondent and also served as a substitute anchor. Reportedly dissatisfied with the move, Yellin decided to leave CNN in October that same year.
Highlights and controversies
Yellin covered the 2012 election between President Barack Obama and GOP Nominee Mitt Romney.
Bill Clinton, Sarah Palin and The Bailout
During her coverage of the 2008 presidential election, Yellin covered stories on Bill Clinton, Sarah Palin, and the U.S. economy.
Iraq War coverage
While appearing on Anderson Cooper 360° on May 28, 2008, Yellin admitted to having been pressured by her former employer, MSNBC, to avoid negative reporting and report favorably on the war in Iraq in the run-up to it. Yellin later clarified her comments, and some speculate about pressure from her employers with regard to these matters.
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