Suzanne Malveaux

Suzanne Malveaux is a White House correspondent for CNN and primary substitute anchor for The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer.  Based in the Washington, D.C., bureau, Malveaux joined the network in May 2002. 

Malveaux covered the 2008 presidential election cycle from the campaign the trail as a member of the network’s Best Political Team on Television.  In advance of the Democratic and Republican national conventions, Malveaux anchored a 90-minute documentary on Senator Barack Obama as part of a two-part series on the presidential candidates.  Additionally, Malveaux served as a panelist questioning the candidates in the Democratic presidential primary debate sponsored by CNN and the Congressional Black Caucus Institute in January 2008. She also played a key role in CNN’s 2004 election coverage and its Emmy-winning 2006 election coverage.

As White House correspondent, Malveaux has interviewed President George W. Bush, former presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton and first lady Laura Bush.  Her coverage of presidential trips overseas has taken her to Europe, the Balkans, Southeast Asia, Africa, Australia, Latin America, and the Middle East.

Malveaux has broken numerous stories for CNN, including the plea deal of lobbyist Jack Abramoff, White House personnel changes and the retirement of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. In September 2005, Malveaux returned to her hometown New Orleans where she reported on the devastation and recovery efforts following Hurricane Katrina.

Before joining the network, Malveaux was a correspondent for NBC News based in both Chicago and Washington, D.C. During her tenure, she covered the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in Pennsylvania and at the Pentagon; the Kosovo and Afghanistan wars from the Pentagon; Clinton’s impeachment trial; Election 2000; and the Elian Gonzalez story.

Previously, Malveaux was a general assignment reporter for WRC-TV in Washington, D.C., and from 1991 through 1994 for FXT-TV and New England Cable News in Boston. Before getting into the news business, Malveaux produced documentaries in Egypt and Kenya and worked on a one-hour documentary on the Great Depression with Boston-based Blackside Inc.

Malveaux earned a 1996 Emmy Award and contributed to New England Cable News' AP award for Best Newscast in Boston. She was part of the coverage teams that earned CNN a George Foster Peabody award for its Katrina coverage and an Alfred I. duPont Award for its coverage of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia. Malveaux was also named one of “America's Most Powerful Players Under 40” by Black Enterprise magazine, Ebony’s “Outstanding Women in Marketing & Communications” and the National Black MBA’s “2004 Communicator of the Year.” Malveaux was also selected to participate in Fortune/Aspen Institute's 2006 Brainstorming Summit.

Malveaux earned a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University.

Source: University Programs and Events Planning Resources, March 2009