Jake Tapper Bio, Age, Wife, Children, Awards, Net Worth

Jake Tapper Biography

Jacob Paul Tapper is an American journalist, cartoonist and author. Likewise, he is the lead Washington anchor for CNN, hosts the weekday television news show The Lead along with Jake Tapper, and also co-hosts the Sunday morning public affairs program State of the Union.

How old is Jake Tapper? – Age

The journalist is 54 years old as of 2023. He was born on 12 March 1969, in New York, New York, United States, where he also grew up.

How tall is Jake Tapper? – Height

Tapper stands at a height stature of 6 feet 0 inches (1.85 m).

Jake Tapper Mother, Father, Sisters – Family

Tapper was born to her parents in Orange County, California, United States. He is the son of Theodore S. Ted and Helen Anne Tapper. Likewise, his mother, who is originally from Canada, retired as a psychiatric nurse at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was raised along with his two siblings.

Jake Tapper Education

The journalist later enrolled at Akiba Hebrew Academy, an independent Jewish day school formerly based in Merion, Pennsylvania, and went to Dartmouth College, from which he also graduated Phi Beta Kappa and also magna cum laude holding a B.A. in history, modified by Visual Studies, in 1991. At Dartmouth, Tapper became a member of Alpha Chi Alpha fraternity. Briefly, he attended the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Is Jake Tapper Married? – Wife

In December 1997, Tapper went on a platonic date together with Monica Lewinsky in a few weeks prior to news broke of the Clinton–Lewinsky scandal. In addition, he wrote about the experience in a January 1998 issue of the Washington City Paper and also the two later discussed the date on an Oct. 5, 2021 episode of his CNN program, (The Lead with Jake Tapper).

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Journalist Jake Tapper photo

Jake Tapper Children

They live in Washington, D.C., together with their two children Alice and Jack.

Jake Tapper ABC News

ABC News hired him in 2003. While serving there, he covered a range of topics such as work in the ABC News Baghdad bureau, from New Orleans after the failure of the levees after Hurricane Katrina, and also from Afghanistan. Likewise, Tapper became interim anchor of ABC’s This Week, hosting the program until Christiane Amanpour was This Week’s anchor from March to July 2010.

On November 5, 2008, Tapper became named Senior White House Correspondent the day after the 2008 presidential election. From 2010, 2011, and 2012, the White House Correspondents’ Association awarded Tapper the Merriman Smith Memorial Award for presidential coverage under deadline pressure. In addition, he became a key part of the ABC News coverage of the inauguration of President Obama that became awarded an Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story.

CNN News

It became announced December 20, 2012, that he would join CNN and later would anchor a new weekday program and work as the network’s chief Washington correspondent. Additionally, he started with CNN in January 2013, hosting his own program, The Lead along with Jake Tapper.

Moreover, Tapper moderated two Republican primary debates from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California on September 16, 2015. Afterwards, the main debate drew an average of 23.1 million viewers, making it the most watched program in the history of CNN and also the second most watched primary debate ever.

He earned the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and also Journalism in 2017. Besides in 2017, he earned the John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association.

Jake Tapper Net Worth

Citing his acting career, Tapper has an estimated net worth of $78 Million dollars.


  • Merriman Smith Memorial Awards
  • Walter Cronkite Award
  • Emmy Award

Jake Tapper Instagram

You can find and follow Jake on Instagram using the account name: @JakeTapper

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