The inspiring stories of four successful American Jewish women journalists

By Gideon 

Dana Bash (born Dana Ruth Schwartz; June 15, 1971) is an American journalist and anchorwoman for CNN. She was born in Montvale, New Jersey, the daughter of Frances (née Weinman) and Stu Schwartz. Her father is an ABC News producer who is currently the senior broadcast producer of ABC News, based at Good Morning America. Her family is Jewish, and her mother is an author and educator in Jewish studies. She has a brother, David Schwartz, who is a New York City-based video producer. She graduated cum laude with her bachelor’s degree in political communications from George Washington University.  She is currently acts as the network’s chief political correspondent and occasional anchorwoman. Previous to this assignment, she was a White House and Capitol Hill correspondent for the network.

Dana Bash delivers her ‘Pearl of Wisdom’ at Jewish Women International’s Women to Watch


Liz Claman is the anchor of the Fox Business Network show Countdown to the Closing Bell . 

Liz Claman was born to Canadian parents in Beverly Hills, California, on December 12, 1963 and she is one of five children. Her family is Jewish, Her father originates from Russia, and her mother is of Romanian descent. Her late father, Dr. Morris Claman, was a world-renowned urologist and associate clinical professor of urology at the UCLA School of Medicine. Her mother is actress June Beverly Claman (née Faibish). Claman attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts where she was a disc jockey for the school radio station, WPAA, and then attended Beverly Hills High School. After a brief stint at UC Santa Cruz, Claman graduated from UC Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French language. She also has a Certificat Supérieur de Français from the Sorbonne.

Liz Claman was previously the co-anchor of the CNBC morning television program Morning Call. Before that, Claman was the co-host of the programs Wake Up Call as well as briefly co-anchored Market Watch and was the anchor of the CNBC newsmagazine program Cover to Cover. Claman also temporarily served on a rotation basis along with other anchors as a substitute for The News with Brian Williams before Williams left MSNBC for NBC News in 2004. She also hosts Fox Business Global Power Players segments.

Liz Claman is a member of the charitable organization Hadassah and has been featured in an article in that organization’s magazine. In December 2012, she was named one of Jewish Women International’s “Woman to Watch.” Claman is a Big Sister in the Big Brother/Big Sister program at the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services of Manhattan. Claman also has raised money for Building Homes For Heroes, a charity that builds custom homes for severely disabled soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. She also is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Theatre Wing, the creator of the Tony Awards. Claman is a Tony Award voter. Claman has also moderated conferences.

Liz Claman delivers her “Pearl of Wisdom” at Jewish Women International’s Women to Watch


Daryn Kagan, born January 26, 1963, is an American broadcast journalist, formerly a news anchor for CNN. Kagan is Jewish. Her great-grandfather was a Russian immigrant named Eiser Cohen who came to the United States through Ellis IslandCohen settled in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her grandfather, Jack Kagan, later moved to the Los Angeles area. She graduated from Stanford,

From 1994 to 2006, Kagan served as a CNN main anchor and correspondent based in CNN’s world headquarters of Atlanta, Georgia. She anchored CNN Live Today shown from 10am-12pm Eastern Time for eight years. She also served as host of the CNN/People magazine news entertainment program,People in the News, and earlier served as a CNN sports reporter and anchor. After leaving CNN, she launched Kagan’s post-CNN projects have been honored with awards that include the 2008 Gracie Award for Outstanding Documentary for her PBS film Breaking the Curse, as well as the Interactive Media Award for, which serves as the base of her media company.


Andrea Mitchell, born October 30, 1946, is an American television journalist, anchor, reporter and commentator for NBC News, based in Washington, D.C.

Mitchell was raised in a Jewish family, in New Rochelle, New York, the daughter of Cecile and Sydney Mitchell. Her father was the chief executive officer and partial owner of a furniture manufacturing company in Manhattan; he was also the president of Beth El Synagogue in New Rochelle for 40 years. Her mother was an administrator at the New York Institute of Technology in Manhattan.

Mitchell graduated from New Rochelle High School. She went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania in 1967, where she served as news director of student radio station WXPN. She stayed in Philadelphia after graduation, hired as a reporter at KYW radio. Mitchell rose to prominence as the station’s City Hall correspondent, and also reported for sister station KYW-TV. She moved to CBS-affiliate WTOP (now WUSA) in Washington, D.C., in 1976. Two years later, Mitchell moved to NBC’s network news operation, where she served as a general correspondent. In 1979, she was named the NBC News energy correspondent and reported on the late-1970s energy crisis and the Three Mile Island nuclear accident. Mitchell also covered the White House from 1981 until becoming chief congressional correspondent in 1988. She has been the Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC News since November 1994. Previously, she had served as Chief White House Correspondent (1993–1994) and Chief Congressional Correspondent (1988–1992) for NBC News. In 2005, Mitchell published a book entitled Talking Back… to Presidents, Dictators, and Assorted Scoundrels chronicling her work as a journalist. Since 2008 Mitchell has hosted a program on NBC’s news and commentary channel MSNBC entitled Andrea Mitchell Reports.

Andrea Mitchell Reports, was honored as the 2013 recipient of the Fourth Estate Award, the National Press Club’s most-honored prize at a gala dinner Friday, October 4. She is the 41st recipient of the Fourth Estate Award, which recognizes a journalist who has made significant contributions to the field through a lifetime of excellence.

Andrea Mitchell on Being a Correspondent