Spotlight On: Suzanne Malveaux
A journalist who can instantly capture your attention, convey the feeling behind the story and do so in a way that makes you want to hear more from them is both a rare find and a news network’s dream. Suzanne Malveaux, White House correspondent for CNN, is exactly that and more.
Born in the midwest and raised in Maryland, Suzanne is the daughter of a school teacher mother, Myrna Maria Ruiz and renowned doctor, Floyd Malveaux, former dean of the College of Medicine at Howard University and founder of Howard University’s National Human Genome Center. It was perhaps through their example and involvement that Suzanne and her equally accomplished siblings learned the importance of education. Suzanne graduated cum laude from Harvard University, where she met future CNN correspondent, Soledad O’Brien. After graduating with a degree in sociology, Suzanne went on to obtain a Master’s degree in broadcasting from Columbia University School of Journalism. Her twin sister, Suzette, is an associate professor at the Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America. In addition to her obvious intelligence and talent, it’s hard not to notice Suzanne’s stunning good looks which can be attributed to her African, Spanish and French heritage (her father is of Louisiana French Creole descent).
Suzanne’s first foray into television was with the New England Cable News as a general assignment reporter in Boston, Massachusetts. This was soon followed by a stint as a local and crime news reporter for NBC affiliate WRC-TV. Her career truly began to take off when she joined NBC Network News which afforded her the opportunity to spend time in Washington as a Pentagon correspondent and cover a variety of national stories including Bill Clinton’s impeachment, the 9/11 attacks, and the 2001 war in Afghanistan. In May 2002, Suzanne joined the CNN team as a White House correspondent based at their Washington, D.C. bureau where she hit the 2008 presidential campaign trail as a member of the network’s political team. She is often called on to moderate panels and has most recently been seen filling in for CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on The Situation Room.
When asked about her role as an African American journalist, Suzanne had this to say: “When I think of my grandparents and I think about the time of segregation, I think what would they think of their grandchild sitting in that seat, that CNN seat in that small little [White House] briefing room? There [are] only about 20 seats and I’m sitting in one of them. It’s so important that I feel like I’m representing people who couldn’t even imagine that we could be in that kind of position.”
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