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Who is Van Jones?
Van Jones is an American CNN host, political analyst, Emmy Award-winning producer, as well as New York Times best-selling author.
Besides, Jones is a co-founder of the ‘Ella Backer Center for Human Rights’, ‘Color of Change’, and the ‘Dream Corps’. Additionally, he is also a three-time bestselling author on the New York Times. Also, he served as Special Advisor on Green Jobs to former President Barack Obama in 2009.
Profile of Van Jones
|Full Name||Anthony Kapel Van Jones|
|Popular As||Van Jones|
|Birthdate||20th September, 1968|
|Place of Birth||Jackson, Tennessee, USA|
|Profession||News Presenter, Political Commentator, Producer, Author & Entrepreneur|
|Race / Ethnicity||Undisclosed|
|University||University of Tennessee & Yale Law School|
|Age||54 Years Old|
|Height||6’1” (185 cm)|
|Parents||Willie Anthony Jones (Father) & Loretta Jean (Mother)|
|Children||3 (Mattai Jones, Cabral Jones)|
|Net Worth||$5 Million USD|
Van Jones is a well-recognized journalist, author, and lawyer who specializes in news and politics. Moreover, he is widely recognized for his work as a CNN host and political analyst.
Early-life, Education & Family Background
Van Jones, originally Anthony Kapel Van Jones, was born in Jackson, Tennessee, on 20th September, 1968. Accordingly, Loretta Jean and Willie Anthony Jones are his parents. Interestingly, Van has an identical twin sister, Angela.
As for his education, Jones studied at Central-Merry High School. Similarly, he completed his futher education at the University of Tennessee where he earned a bachelor’s degree in communication and political science.
During earning his degree, he got an internship at the Shrеvероrt Timеs, Associated Press and Jackson Sun. Thereafter, he relocated to Connecticut and attended Yale Law Sсhооl. Remarkably, during his collegiate years; he was amongst the few who were chosen by the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights. Accordingly, he earned his law degree in 1993 and relocated to San Francisco.
Van Jones’s Professional Career
Soon-after completing his law studies, Van Jones began engaging in a variety of activism initiatives. He became a legal observer for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, which brought him to the city. Then, he initiated the ‘Bay Area PoliceWatch‘ campaign in 1995.
In addition, Van has also established a reputation for himself as a social entrepreneur, having founded and led a number of successful businesses. His business ventures include the REFORM Alliance, Color of Change, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and the Dream Corps. Nonetheless, all of his organizations aim to close prison doors and open doors of opportunity in the green and tech economies.
Besides, Jones also served as the Obama White House’s Green Jobs Advisor in 2009, overseeing an $80 billion investment in renewable energy jobs. Jones was a strong supporter of the ‘Green Jobs Act’ which signed into law by George W. Bush in 2007. Moreover, the policy was the first piece of federal legislation to recognize the term “green jobs”. Further, the legislation resulted in $500 million in national financing for green employment training during the Obama administration.
Parallel to his legal career, Van Jones was appointed as a co-host of a re-boot of the CNN discussion show ‘Crossfire,’ which premiered on September 16, 2013. Apart from these, Van was also a long-time associate of famous musician Prince.
Currently, Jones is the CEO of the REFORM Alliance, a criminal justice reform organization established by Meek Mill and Jay-Z. Additionally, he presents the “Uncommon Ground” podcast on Amazon Music.
As an Author
Van John is an established as well as critically acclaimed author. Besides, he is also a best-selling author according to the New York Times, having published two books and several essays in periodicals and newspapers.
Specifically, he published his first book, an autobiography titled “Rebuild the Dream” in 2012. Subsequently, he authored his second autobiography titled “Beyond the Messy Truth” in 2017. In addition, Jonas is also the author of ‘The Green Collar Economy,’ a New York Times best-selling book.
Honors & Achievements
Jones has led a number of federal legislation and advocacy initiatives that have resulted in triumphs under each of the last four US presidents: Clinton, Bush, Obama, and Trump.
Nonetheless, his greatest adopted initiative was securing passage of the ‘FIRST STEP Act’, which the New York Times describes as “the most significant breakthrough in criminal justice in a century”.
Jones, a Yale-educated advocate, has received numerous accolades, such as the World Economic Forum’s “Young Global Leader” designation, Rolling Stone’s 2012 “12 Leaders Who Get Things Done,” TIME’s 2009 “100 Most Influential People in the World,” the 2010 NAACP Image Award, a 2017 WEBBY Special Achievement Award, a 2019 Lumiere Award, and a 2020 Primetime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Original Interactive Program”.
Additionally, he has also received the 1998 Rееbоk International Human Rights Award, 2008 Elle Magazine Green Award, 2009 Hubert H. Humphrey Civil Right Award, 2010 NAACP P resident’s Award, and 2015 David E. Glover Vanguard Award.
Jones’s Personal-life & Relationships
Previously, Jones was married to Jana Carter until they officially divorced in 2019. Accordingly, they share two children together namely Mattai Jones and Cabral Jones.
Following his alleged friend giving birth to their baby, CNN host Van Jones became father for the third time. Van claimed that they are “conscious co-parents” and looks forward to bringing up their child in a wonderful environment. According to sources, Jones and Noemi Zamacona welcomed a baby daughter together. Besides, they are claimed to have been friends for a long time, with a mutual interest in criminal justice defense.
Social Media Handles of Van Jones
Van Jones is a popular media figure and his popularity is evident on most of the social media platforms. He has a massive following of over 1.1 million on his personal Instagram handle. Likewise, he boasts one million followers on both of his Twitter and Facebook accounts.
Net Worth of Van Jones
Van Jones’ current net worth is projected to be around $5 million as of early 2022. Working for a variety of organizations, John earns comfortable revenue. In addition he’s also a best-selling author who earns a significant amount by hosting live events and celebrity interviews.