Michelle Bernard Biography
Michelle Bernard (Michelle Denise Bernard) is an American journalist, political analyst, lawyer, author, and President and CEO of the Bernard Center For Women, Politics & Public Policy.
She graduated from Howard University with a B.A. in philosophy and a minor in political science. She also has a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
Michelle Bernard Age
Michelle was born on July 30, 1963, in Washington, D.C., USA. She is 55 years old as of 2018.
Michelle Bernard Education
Michelle graduated from Howard University with a B.A. in philosophy and a minor in political science. She also has a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center.
Michelle Bernard Parents
Michelle is a daughter to Nesta Bernard and Milton Bernard. Both her parents immigrated from Jamaica to Washington. Michelle’s family heritage is Jamaican American, saying in an interview with Bill Steigerwald, “My parents are American citizens, but they come from Jamaica. I was raised with very American and Jamaican values. In our culture, we have a very strong sense of pride and of family honor and of self-reliance.”
Michelle Bernard Husband
Michelle was married to CNN correspondent Joe Johns until the couple divorced in 2008 in a low key divorce. Nothing much got to be known to the public, not even the reason for their divorce. She later remarried in 2014 and lives in Potomac, Maryland with her husband Keith Bell, as well as two children from her previous marriage.
Michelle Bernard Career
Michelle was a partner at the lobbyist and law firm Patton Boggs. In the year 2000, she was a member of the Bush-Cheney Presidential Inaugural Committee. She formerly was also President and CEO of Independent Women’s Forum and Independent Women’s Voice. She was the chair for the District of Columbia’s Redevelopment Land Agency. The agency negotiated the public-private financing of the District’s MCI Arena.
She is frequently a political and legal analyst for MSNBC, Al Jazeera, CNN, NPR, and The McLaughlin Group. She is also a columnist for Roll Call and a contributor for ‘The Seventy-Four’, The Root, The Washington Post’s “She the People,” and the Huffington Post.
Michelle is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Hampton University and sits on the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Opportunity in Education. She is also the Executive Board of the International Women’s Forum of Washington, D.C. where she is the Leadership Foundation Liaison. In addition, she is a member of the Advisory Board of the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence and a speaker for the Washington Speaker’s Bureau.
Michelle Bernard Awards
- Bernard was granted the 2016 Howard University Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award in the Fields of Media, Journalism and Public Policy.
- Bernard was named the Spring 2015 Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics by Iowa State University on March 23, 2015.
- She received the Anvil of Freedom Award for Journalism and Democracy from the University of Denver’s Estlow International Center for Journalism & New Media on January 23, 2015.
- Also, she was named in the November 2014 of Essence Magazine as a Rising Star in their Money & Power list
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