Who is Karen Finney?
Karen Finney was born on August 15, USA. She is a writer, 1967, New York City spokesperson, and political consultant, best known for working with Hillary Clinton during her 2016 presidential campaign. She has appeared numerous times on television as a commentator for MSNBC and hosted the program “Disrupt with Karen Finney”.
Karen Finney’s Wealth
As of the beginning of 2020, Karen Finney’s net worth is estimated to be over $2 million, largely earned through a successful career in politics. She has worked in the political sphere for over two decades and has been involved in several writing and commentary programs.
She is also a strong supporter of improving the US education system.
Beginning of early life, education and career
Karen grew up in New York and is half African American on her father’s side; he worked as a civil rights attorney, while his mother worked as a labor negotiator. Her family would be descended of Civil War General Robert E. Lee on his mother’s side. It is unknown if her parents remained married throughout her childhood as she later moved to California with her mother.
She began her education there and after graduating from high school, enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), the oldest Southern California campus among the University of California students.
It is also the most applied university in the US, with more than 100,000 applicants and more than 30,000 students enrolled each year. During her time there, she developed a strong interest in government and politics and became involved in several student organizations. After graduating from college, she gained a bit of fame when she became a member of the Democratic National Committee.
DNC and writing
As its name implies, the DNC is the governing body of the US Democratic Party and has been operational since 1848. It ensures the support and strategy of the party’s candidates regardless of the office sought. Every four years, the organization holds the Democratic National Convention to select their next candidate for the presidency of the US.
With Finney’s knowledge and expertise, she was named as the commission’s spokesperson and director of communications. This made her the first and so far only African American to hold the role.
While working for the committee, she also made a name for herself as a writer, publishing articles and articles on government, politics, public affairs, current issues, and the education system. She wrote for the Washington, DC newspaper turned online publication”The hill”, which mainly produces stories about politics, especially the US Congress. As her political influence grew, she also got a job at “Politico” as a commentator.
The company is known for covering US politics and other political situations around the world. It has a strong presence in media such as print, television and digital.
Hilary Clinton and education
In the early 1990s, she met and befriended Hillary Clinton, who would later hire her as her press secretary. After her tenure ended, she wanted to work in the education industry and joined the Scholastic Corporation as part of their marketing division. It was also a way for her to take a break from politics and focus on the private sector.
Scholastic is known for publishing and distributing books, primarily educational ones, and has the rights to publish several high-profile book series, such as “Harry Potter”, “Hunger Games”, “Goosebumps”, and “Animorphs”.
In 2001, Karen returned to politics when she was hired by the New York City Panel for Educational Policy as a crisis communications manager. Her experience in politics and passion for education helped her land that position. She also worked for attorney Elizabeth Edwards and helped with her husband John Edwards’ 2004 presidential campaign. After returning to politics, she started to gain media contacts and was invited to comment on MSNBC, which would give her more opportunities in the media.
Media Projects and Campaign 2016
In 2013, Karen signed a deal with MSNBC that would see her host a weekend program called “Disrupt with Karen Finney”, the second MSNBC program to feature an African-American host. The show aired various political news reports and commentaries, often leaning more towards women in politics. It took over a year for the cancellation to be announced by the network, but she was hired by around the same time Media affairs for America as an advisor and senior fellow. The non-profit organization was created to help correct the spread of misinformation in the media, especially in the political sphere.
In 2015, she started collaborating with Hillary Clinton again, and she did assigned as a senior spokesperson and strategic communications advisor for her 2016 presidential campaign. This would eventually see her run against Bernie Sanders in the primary, and then against Donald Trump in the presidential election, and lose there. At the end of her second shift with Clinton, Finney kept a low profile for a few years, though she continued to comment. In 2019 it was announced that she had joined CNN’s team as a political commentator and made her debut early this year, she has continued to work with the network ever since.
Finney is single and there are no reports of any current or past romantic endeavors – she’s been very private about information about this aspect of her life. She was rumored to be dating commentator Jonathan Capeheart after he called her his wife, but it later emerged that Capeheart is gay and the two were good friends, quashing all the rumours.