VJ Books Presents Author Jake Tapper!
Jake Tapper was born in 1969 in New York City and grew up in Queens Village, Philadelphia. In middle school Tapper wrote a comic strip for a local weekly paper, foreshadowing his future career in journalism. He studied History and Visual Studies at Darthmouth College and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude in 1991.
The following year, Tapper joined Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky's congressional campaign, serving as her Campaign Press Secretary, and later her Congressional Press Secretary. He has also worked for PR firm Powell Tate, the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, and as a freelance writer.
In 1998, Tapper moved into journalism full time, working for the Washington City Paper and Salon.com before becoming the host of CNN news talk show, Take Five. He has contributed to many other publications, including The New Yorker, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and NPR's All Things Considered.
Tapper was hired by ABC News in 2003, where he covered many national and global topics, and served as the interim anchor for This Week. He became their Senior White House Correspondent in 2008. He also anchored World News, Good Morning America, and Nightline, and contributed to many other programs.
In 2013, Tapper rejoined CNN as Chief Washington Correspondent and host of his own show, The Lead with Jake Tapper. A few years later he became the host of State of the Union with Jake Tapper, and in 2021 it was announced that he would take on the role of Lead Anchor for all major Washington events.
His work has won him recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists, the White House Correspondents' Association, and the Radio Television Digital News Association, among others. He has honorary degrees from both UMass Amherst and Dartmouth, and the news programs that he has been a part of have been nominated for Emmys numerous times.
In addition to his many articles and other publications, Tapper is the author of 2 non-fiction books and 2 novels, the most recent of which, The Devil May Dance was released in 2021.
Tapper lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and their two children.