Kirsten Powers Biography
|Birth Nation:||United States of America|
|Birth Place/City||Fairbanks, Alaska|
|Working For||Fox News channel|
|Divorce||Dr. Marty Makary|
An American author, columnist, and political analyst, Kirsten Powers, works as a columnist for USA Today. She is also an on-air personality who is a political analyst at CNN, makes her regular appearance on Anderson Cooper 360°, CNN Tonight with Don Lemon, and The Lead with Jake Tapper.
Fox News channel, Kirsten Powers is an intellectual personality, considered to be a political pundit and an analyst. She is considered to be the Democratic Party’s national voice. Previously she was a columnist for New York Post and The Daily Beast.
Early Life and Education Of Kirsten Powers
Born to archaeologist parents in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1969, she was raised in her hometown with a family who helped generate her interest in politics and debates as she was "expected to state and defend my positions on the issues of the day every night at dinner”.
Powers is of Irish American descent and was raised as an Episcopalian. She completed her schooling at the Monroe Catholic High School and later attended the Georgetown University Law School. However, she dropped out of the University only after a year. She completed her graduation from the University of Maryland.
Kirsten Powers' Career
Powers was the Deputy Assistant U.S Trade Representative for Public Affairs for the Clinton administration and the Vice President for International Communications at America Online and also at the AOL-Time Warner Foundation.
After holding these positions she worked for the New York State Democratic Committee. Kirsten Powers was also the press secretary for Andrew Cuomo for Governor and Communications Director on the mayoral campaign of C. Virginia Fields.
Her other endeavors are working on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ballot initiative defeating campaign, i.e. the “Vote No.3” campaign, and also as the press secretary for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair race of Donnie Fowler.
She has worked as a columnist for USA Today, Newsweek, The Daily Beast, and The American Prospect. Her articles regarding politics have appeared also in Elle, New York Observer, Salon, and Wall Street Journal, etc.
She has also been involved actively in non-profit organizations like the Human Rights First and the National Council for Research on Women (NCRW).
Politically, Powers has had numerous affiliations to many initiatives one being the Obama health care reform, believing that supplying health care to all Americans is a moral imperative.
She also supports the immigration reform, stating that providing a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants favors gun control. She also supports equal rights for gay people, citing universal civil unions, but leaving marriage strictly as a religious institution.
Her views are also inclined to the right of the countries to choose their own governments without any influence from outside countries, her main concern lying over the influence of Islamists in Egypt. She, however, is against the establishment of theocracies. She also supports the idea of closing Guantanamo Bay and putting prisoners in federal positions.
As far as her opposing views are concerned, Powers is against the “don’t ask don’t tell” military policy, the Iraq War, the Fairness Doctrine, and also the constitutional amendment to ban flag burning. She also opposes the death penalty and elective late-term abortion by any mother.
Powers spent most of her early life as an atheist but love changes her into an evangelical Christian. After having dated a religious Christian man, she started converting to Christianity as she was introduced to the Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City.
The teachings of the pastor, Tim Keller had a long-lasting effect on her and she believes she was visited by Jesus in 2006 during a trip to Taiwan. She considers herself to be more of an orthodox Christian, over an evangelical Christian owing to the “cultural baggage” around the word evangelical.
The former atheist Powers calls her conversion “a bit of mind bender” and relishes the fact that the biggest impact of her newfound religiosity had on her political beliefs was that she came to "view everyone as God's child and that means everyone deserves grace and respect."
Kirsten Powers' Net Worth And Salary
She has earned a great amount of salary from her work. She has earned more than $950k while working at CNN. She has an incredible net worth of $20 million.
According to paysa.com, she as a columnist for USA Today earns a handsome salary of $55,243 annually, while as a political commentator at CNN, she makes around $80,845 salary annually.
Kirsten Powers' Personal Life, Marriage, And Children
As far as her personal life is concerned, she is not married but is engaged to her fiance and fellow journalist Robert Draper. She has been engaged to Draper since November 16, 2016. The couple then announced their engagement on Instagram.
She was previously in a married relationship with her husband Marty Makary for around three years. Her ex-husband Makary is a Professor of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University. They got married in January 2010 and divorced in 2013.
She previously had a romantic affair with former Congressman Anthony Weiner around 2002, and remained a close friend to him, even after the relationship ended. When Weiner’s sexting scandal surfaced in May 2011, Powers took his side and defended him initially but condemned his conduct later and called for his resignation from Congress.
Age, Body Measurements and Other Facts
- Age: As of 2019, she is 51 years old.
- Height: Famous American journalist and political commentator, Kirsten Powers stand at an impressively tall height of 183 cm (6 feet).
- Weight: Kirsten Powers' weight is 145 lbs (66 kg).
- Body Measurements: Kirsten Powers has maintained a good and attractive hourglass figure which measures 36-27-37 inches; 91-69-94 cm (breast-waist-hip).