Van Jones

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BornSeptember 20, 1968
Jackson, Tennessee
Alma materUniversity of Tennessee at Martin, Yale University
SpouseJana Carter
Member ofWEF/Global Leaders for Tomorrow/2002, WEF/Young Global Leaders/2005
PartyDemocratic Party (United States)

Employment.png Show host

In office
June 2013 - Present
Host of Crossfire, The Messy Truth

Anthony Kapel "Van" Jones is an American news and political commentator, author, and lawyer.

Jones served as President Barack Obama's Special Advisor for Green Jobs in 2009[1] and founded or co-founded several non-profit organizations, including the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Color of Change, and the Dream Corps.

Jones has hosted or co-hosted CNN shows including Crossfire, The Messy Truth, The Van Jones Show and The Redemption Project with Van Jones. He is the author of The Green Collar Economy, Rebuild the Dream, and Beyond the Messy Truth; all three books rank as New York Times bestsellers. [2] He is a regular CNN political commentator.

Early life

Jones graduated from Jackson Central-Merry High School, a public high school in his hometown, in 1986. He earned his Bachelor of Science in communication and political science from the University of Tennessee at Martin (UT Martin). During this period, Jones also worked as an intern at The Jackson Sun (Tennessee), the Shreveport Times (Louisiana), and the Associated Press (Nashville bureau). He adopted the nickname "Van" when he was 17 and working at The Jackson Sun.[3]


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