Jake Tapper is an author, journalist, media personality, and cartoonist from the United States. Moreover, Jake Tapper is the Chief Washington anchor for CNN. He also anchors ‘The Lead with Jake Tapper,’ a weekday television news show, and ‘State of the Union,’ a Sunday morning current news program.

Table of Biography

Early life

Jake Paul Tapper Known as Jake Tapper was born on March 12, 1969, in New York, the United State of America. Moreover, Jack is 52 years old and holds the citizenship of America. He belongs to Christian and had pieces of zodiac sign. His ancestor was Canadian Americans. He was the son of a pediatrician (father) and a nurse (mother), Theodore S. Tapper and Helene Anne Palmatier. Talking about his sibling, he has a younger brother named  Aaron Joshua Hahn Tapper, who is a well-known academician and writer.

The anchor recalls the environment in his family during the ‘Watergate’ affair, despite his parents’ lack of political experience. He recalls his parents discussing Nixon and his mother following the unfolding of ‘Watergate’ on television. He had been deeply affected by the occurrence. Jake’s parents split when he was young, and he spent his youth in Philadelphia traveling between both of his parents’ homes.


Talking about his academic qualification, he attended the Akiba Hebrew Academy. His school friends and teachers remember him for his pranks and his amazing cartooning skills. In school, he was class president and the editor of the school paper. After completing school, he attended ‘Dartmouth College’. In there, he studied history and visual studies, graduating “magna cum laude” in 1991. After that, he went to the ‘University of Southern California’ to study films. But soon he left because he was not interested anymore and quit the program after one semester.

Professional career

Talking about Jake’s professional career, he started his political and press journey in 1992, when he joined the congressional campaign of Marjorie Margolies, a family friend. Jake worked as her press secretary. Margolies recalls writing news releases faster than anybody else and making everyone in the company laugh in the past.

In a Washington-based public relations firm known as ‘Powell Tate’, he worked for 3 years. Moreover, he was also a spokesperson for ‘Handgun Control Inc.’ Jake’s experiences in the political circles and skills as a cartoonist came together in a cartoon strip named ‘Capitol Hell’ in ‘Roll Call.’ From the year 1994 to 2003, he was a regular contributor. He also contributed caricatures to the ‘Los Angeles Times.’

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Caption: Jake Tapper working at the CNN (Source: CNN)

working as a freelancer

Jake ran upon an article in ‘The New Republic,’ published by a freelancer his age,’ while on vacation in 1995. He learned he could submit a freelance tale and have it published among well-known journalists’ work. His passion for journalism was sparked as a result of this. He was unsuccessful to get a freelance job at ‘The New Republic,’ he did write and get bylines for many other publications, such as ‘The Washington Post,’ ‘Entertainment Weekly,’ and ‘Moment.’

From 1998, he started working as a senior writer for the ‘Washington City Paper.’ At that time, he wrote an article about how he had dated Monica Lewinsky once. He published an emotional post about her and voiced his displeasure with the mudslinging going on at the time. He works as a Washington reporter for the online magazine ‘salon.com’ from 1999 until 2002. As he made a report on the issues related to ‘Enron Corp’s bankruptcy. In 2001, he hosted a television show on  ‘CNN,’ called ‘Take 5′. In the talk show, young journalists were invited to talk about politics and pop culture.

As an ABC News reporter

In 2003, he started to work for ‘ABC News’. Where, he worked at ‘ABC’s Baghdad bureau, covering the Iraq war. He is also known as the first person to question the Bush administration’s claim of “weapons of mass destruction.” Working as a reporter at ‘ABC’, he traveled and reported from far-flung locations in Afghanistan. He has also written about the aftermath of ‘Hurricane Katrina.’ In 2008, during the presidential election campaign, he was the lead political reporter for ‘ABC’. As a reporter, he interviewed candidates such as Barack Obama and John McCain. He was promoted to senior ‘White House’ journalist after the presidential election.

‘CNN’ as its chief Washington correspondent

In 2013, he joined ‘CNN’ as its chief Washington correspondent. He began presenting the show “The Lead with Jake Tapper” there, a daily afternoon show that covered breaking events from across the world. The show was popular and successful. In the year 2015, he started hosting ‘State of the Union.’ The platform was used to interview politicians such as Jeb Bush, Hilary Clinton, and Donald Trump. He questioned them on their policies, viewpoints, and remarks. Jake moderated a ‘Republican’ primary discussion in 2015. More than 23 million people tuned in to watch this discussion, making it CNN’s most-watched program ever.

Awards & Achievements

Talking about Jake’s awards and recognition, he won a lot of it as a report. In the year 2010, he won the ‘Emmy for Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story’ for his coverage of the inauguration of the Obama presidency. From 2010 to 2012, he also earned the prestigious ‘Merriman Smith Memorial Award’ for broadcast journalism three years in a row.

In 2014, he received the ‘Tex McCrary Award for Excellence in Journalism from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. He was named the ‘President’s Awardee for Impact on Media’ by the ‘Los Angeles Press Club’ in 2017. Moreover, he received his fourth ‘Merriman Smith Memorial Award’ as a ‘CNN’ anchor in 2018. In the same year, he got a ‘Vetty’ award for reporting on veteran issues.

As ‘CNN’ as its chief Washington correspondent, he has a lot of money. Moreover, his net worth is estimated at $10 million and his salary is about $4 million per year.

Relationship Status

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Caption: Jake Tapper with his wife Jennifer Marie Brown (Source: Oprah Daily)

Jake is a married man. He married Jennifer Marie Brown on September 3, 2006. The couple first met during the ‘Iowa Caucus’ that year 2004. They had a daughter, Alice Paul Tapper. Jake’s daughter Alice also released an illustrated book for children, ‘Raise Your Hand,’ in March 2019.

Talking about Jake’s rumors and controversy, he’s not a part of them until now. He is focusing on his career and personal life.

Body Measurement and Social media

Jake Tapper is 6 feet tall and weighs about 79kg. He has dark brown eyes and light brown hair in color. Besides that, there is no more information regarding other body measurements.

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Caption: Jake Tapper body measurement (Source: GQ)

Talking about his social media presence, he is active on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. On his Facebook, there are more than 204k followers and on Twitter, there are more than 10k followers. Likewise, there are more than 264k followers on his Instagram.

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