Van Jones Biography
Van Jones is an American Emmy award-winning journalist, holding the position of host and contributor at CNN. He first joined the network as a host of Crossfire in June 2013. Jones is the co-founder of different non-profit organizations, a political commentator, lawyer and a three-time New York Times bestselling author. He is also a Podcast host of #UncommonGround on Amazon Music.
Van Jones Age
Jones was born on September 20, 1968, in Jackson, Tennessee, U.S. He is 54 years old as of 2022.
Van Jones Height
He stands at 6 feet 1 inch tall.
Van Jones Family
CNN host and contributor, Jones, was born Anthony Kapel Jones. He has a twin sister called Angela (born in Jackson, Tennessee, on September 20, 1968). Their mother was Loretta Jean (née Kirkendoll), a high school teacher, whereas their father Willie Anthony Jones was a middle school principal. His sister said that during their childhood, his brother was “the stereotypical geek—he just kind of lived up in his head a lot.” Jones has said as a child he was “bookish and bizarre.” His grandfather is a former leader in the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, and from-time-to-time Jones accompanied him to religious conferences. He would sit all day listening to the adults “in these hot, sweaty black churches.”
Jones was born following the assassinations of Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., and President John F. Kennedy, and as he learned about the men’s work, he became dedicated to them as heroic figures. In fact, he attached pictures of the Kennedy brothers to a bulletin board in his room in the specially delineated “Kennedy Section.”
Van Jones Wife
Jana Carter was married to CNN political commentator and host Van Jones for over ten years right before their breakup in 2022. Two years following the couple’s separation, Jones informed sources close to TMZ, that he will be welcoming a new baby with friend Noemi Zamacona. The duo shares two sons Cabral and Mattai. Carter requested joint lawful and physical custody in the divorce proceedings and the pair continues to co-parent their children.
Van Jones Education and Early Career
In 1986, Jones graduated from Jackson Central-Merry High School, a public high school in his native town. He then gained his B.S. in communication and political science from the University of Tennessee at Martin (UT Martin). During this time, Jones also served as an intern at the Associated Press (Nashville bureau), the Shreveport Times (Louisiana), and The Jackson Sun (Tennessee). When he was 17 and working at The Jackson Sun, he adopted the moniker “Van”. At UT Martin, Jones assisted to establish and direct several independent, campus-based publications. The publications included the Third Eye (Nashville’s African-American community), the New Alliance Project (statewide in Tennessee), the Periscope (Vanderbilt University), and the Fourteenth Circle (University of Tennessee).
Choosing against journalism, Jones drove to Connecticut to enroll at Yale Law School. In 1992, in the after-effects of the Rodney King win and trial, he was one of the several law students nominated by the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, based in San Francisco, to work as lawful observers of the demonstrations started by the verdict. The police officers had hit the king in an incident captured on camera. Three of the authorities were absolved, and the jury deadlocked on the ruling of the fourth officer. They apprehended Jones and others during the demonstrations, but the district attorney subsequently dropped the charges against Jones. The apprehended protesters, including Jones, defeated a small legal settlement. Thereafter, he said that “the incident worsened my disaffection with the system and accelerated my political radicalization”. Jones was extremely impacted by the trial and ruling. In an October 2005 interview, he stated he had been “a rowdy nationalist on April 28th” before the King’s ruling was notified, but that by August 1992 he had become a communist.
Jones’s activism was also prompted by seeing the in-depth racial imbalance in New Haven, Connecticut, specifically in the prosecution of drug usage. He has stated, “I was seeing children at Yale do drugs and chitchat concerning it candidly, and have nothing happen to them or, if anything, get sent to rehab … And then I was witnessing children three blocks away, in the accommodation projects, doing the exact drugs, in fewer portions, go to jail.” Following his graduation from law school with his Juris Doctor in 1993, Jones drove to San Francisco, and according to his own comments, “trying to be a revolutionary”. He became affiliated with multiple left activists and co-founded a socialist collective named Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement (STORM). It protested against police cruelty, controlled study groups on the theories of both Vladimir Lenin and Karl Marx, and aspired to a multi-racial socialist utopia.
Van Jones CNN
Jones is a CNN political commentator, he’s mostly seen across the network’s special political coverage and programming. He has hosted multiple shows, including CNN’s The Messy Truth with Van Jones, The Van Jones Show, and The Redemption Project with Van Jones. Also, Jones is the co-creator of the Emmy Award-winning virtual reality series, The Messy Truth VR Experience. Users describe the series as being visceral and eye-opening.
Besides, he is the chief executive officer (CEO) of the REFORM Alliance, which was established in the wake of 2019. The mission of the REFORM Alliance is to dramatically decrease the number of individuals who are unjustly under the rule of the unlawful justice system — beginning with probation followed by parole.
REFORM is supported by a bipartisan and various groups of business leaders, sports and entertainment such as Galaxy Digital CEO and founder Michael E. Novogratz; Vista Equity Partners chairperson, founder and CEO Robert F. Smith; Third Point LLC CEO and founder Daniel S. Loeb; Philadelphia 76ers joint-owner and Fanatics executive chairperson Michael Rubin; The Kraft Group CEO and New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft; Brooklyn Nets co-owner and philanthropic investor Clara Wu Tsai; entrepreneur and business mogul Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter; award-winning recording artist Meek Mill.
Jones has been a manager in the fight for criminal justice reform for more than two decades. He has founded and led numerous successful social businesses, such as Color of Change, the Ella Baker Centre for Human Rights, and the Dream Corps — a social justice accelerator that boards #GreenForAll, #YesWeCode, and #cut50, which just led the charge to pass the FIRST STEP Act (a bipartisan Federal bill that The New York Times names “the most important breakthrough in criminal justice in years”).
Jones is an alumna of Yale University, lawyer and writer of three New York Times best-selling books, The Green Collar Economy (2008), Beyond the Messy Truth (2017) and Rebuild the Dream (2012), regarding his journey as an environmental and human rights activist to becoming a White House policy consultant. While under the Green Jobs Act, Jones was their primary advocate.
Later in 2007, he was signed into law by George W. Bush. The Green Jobs Act was the foremost piece of federal legislation to codify the phrase “green jobs.” Thereafter, the legislation resulted in $500 million in national funding for green jobs training during the Obama Administration.
Jones then served as the Green Jobs consultant to President Barack Obama in 2009. During his tenure, he assisted to guide the inter-agency process that supervised the multi-billion-dollar investment in skills internships and employment growth within the environmental and green energy sectors.
Who is Van Jones’ ex-wife Jana Carter?
Prior to Carter and Jones’s divorce in 2020, they were married for more than a decade. The pair married in 2005 and were together for more than 13 years before Carter filed for divorce from Jones in September 2018. “Divorce signifies the cessation of marriage, not the cessation of a family. #FamilyForever.”
In a report to People, the political commentator stated, “though we have decided to end our marriage, we still love each other very much, Jones informed about his pending divorce on Instagram, writing. He added, “We will continue parenting our children together, executing our jobs together, and looking after each other’s growth. There is no beef or drama – just development.”
Did Van Jones date Kim Kardashian?
Jones and Kim Kardashian aren’t having an affair. Despite following the assumption that she is heading for divorce from her hubby Kanye West, fans are appealing to them to begin an affair. They worked jointly on unlawful-justice reform, allowing to release grandmother Alice Johnson from prison in 2018 after she was imprisoned for life for a first-time drug crime. The couple has known each other for years.
Nevertheless, fans are blaming Kim, who has been studying for the Bar exam to become a lawyer, for using Jones to aid further her law career.
One fan released on Twitter: “People are gonna look at Kim as using Kanye to advance her in the fashion globe and using Van Jones to assist advance her into her subsequent career field in law.”A second said: “I truly hope Kim Kardashian really is dating Van Jones. She would have her lawfully blonde where she ditches Warren at the end & begins dating Luke Wilson.”
Van Jones Awards
Throughout his career, Jones has also been honored with numerous awards and spotlighted on various lists of top achievers including:
- An Emmy Award for the World Economic Forum’s “Young Global Leader” designation; Rolling Stone’s “12 Leaders Who Get Things Done”; TIME’s 2009 “100 Most Influential People in The World.”
- An NAACP President’s Award.
- The Root’s “The Root 100.”
Van Jones Salary
He earns an annual salary ranging between $40,000 – $110,500.
Van Jones Net Worth
Jones has an estimated net worth of between $1 Million – $5 Million.