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Karine Jean-Pierre: Interesting Things About the New White House Press Secretary

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Karine Jean-Pierre became the new White House press secretary on May 13, 2022. She gave her first White House press briefing on May 16. She fills the position left vacant following the departure of Jen Psaki who served from January 20, 2021 to May 13, 2022. Psaki worked at CNN as a political contributor from 2017 to 2020. Now is a political contributor at MSNBC with her own program on the Peacock streaming service.

Some people knew about Jean-Pierre long before her first White House press conference. However, many people will get to know her better as she fulfills her duties in her new position.

Below are some interesting things about the 44-year-old press secretary.

Background

Karine Jean-Pierre was born on August 13, 1977 in Fort-de-France, Martinique. She is the oldest of three children of Haitian parents. The family moved to Queens, New York when Karine was five years old.

Karine took care of her two younger siblings while her parents worked six or seven days a week. Her mother was a home health aide. Her father was a taxi driver. Those jobs kept both parents away from home very often. Therefore, Karine was a great help.

Education

Jean-Pierre graduated from Kellenberg Memorial High School in 1993. Then she obtained a B.S. degree from the New York Institute of Technology in 1997. She continued her studies and earned a Master of Public Affairs degree from the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University (SIPA) in 2003. There she was active in student government which led her to pursue politics as her career.

Karine Jean-Pierre and Jen  Psaki

Karine Jean-Pierre and Jen Psaki

Political Experience

Jean-Pierre is no stranger to politics or to the job of being the press secretary. She has a long list of experience working she has accumulated while working in Democratic politics. Therefore, she is very qualified and prepared for her new job.

The new press secretary is starting at a time when she has to report on the state of the nation at this particular time. There have been mass shootings, and she has traveled with President Biden to those sites. Also, she has had to report on inflation that is on Americans' minds when it comes to high prices of gasoline, food, and housing. She spoke to Robin Roberts on Good Morning America on Tuesday, June 7, 2022 about those issues.

Here is a highlight of some of the experience that has prepared Karine Jean-Pierre for her new position.

2021-2022: She was the deputy press secretary to Jen Psaki during Psaki's tenure as the first White House press secretary during President Biden's administration.

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2020: Jean-Pierre served as the chief of staff for Kamala Harris during the vice-presidential campaign.

2020: Jean-Pierre worked as a senior advisor to the Joe Biden presidential campaign.

2019: Jean-Pierre was a political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC.

2016: She served as the deputy campaign manager for the Martin O'Malley presidential campaign.

2011: Jean-Pierre served as National Deputy Battleground States Director for President Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.

2008: Jean-Pierre was the regional political director for the White House Office of Political Affairs during President Barack Obama's first term.

She is a former lecturer in international and public affairs at Columbia University.

Comments About Her New Position

Jean-Pierre is happy to be the chief spokesperson for the White House and President Biden. She does not take for granted how she got to where she is in her career. Her parents wanted her to be a doctor. When she didn't pass the entrance process, she took it as a sign that she was designed for something else. Therefore, she pursued her passion for politics.

After getting the press secretary position she made some positive comments.

“I stand on the shoulders of others. If it were not for generations of barrier-breaking people before me, I would not be here. I benefit from their sacrifices. I have learned from their excellence, and I am forever grateful to them.”

Karine Jean-Piere and Suzanne Maria Malveaux, CNN correspondent.

Karine Jean-Piere and Suzanne Maria Malveaux, CNN correspondent.

Personal Life

Jean-Pierre is the first Black person and the first openly LGBTQ person to be the White House press secretary. Her 55-year-old partner Suzanne Maria Malveaux is a CNN correspondent. They live in Washington, DC with their six-year-old adoptive daughter named Soleil Malveaux Jean-Pierre.

The new press secretary is French-American. She is fluent in English, French, and Haitian Creole. Her memoir, Moving Forward: A Story of Hope, Hard Work, and the Promise of America, was published in 2019.

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