Marie Elizabeth Harf is an American journalist. She is a political commentator for Fox News Channel. Harf worked as the Senior Advisor of Strategic Communications to the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the US Department of State. Previously she served as a Deputy Spokesperson and Acting Spokesperson at the State Department.
Marie Harf's Early Life And Education
Marie Elizabeth Harf was born on 15th June 1981 in Granville, Ohio, United States. She was born to her mother Jane Ax Harf, from Granville, Ohio, and her father James E. Harf, from St. Louis, Missouri. Marie Harf holds an American nationality and belongs to the White American ethnic background.
Harf went to Granville High School and graduated from there in 1999. She then enrolled at Indiana University Bloomington. She completed graduation from there with a BA in political science with concentrations in Russian, Eastern European studies, and Jewish studies.
Harf later completed her master’s degree from the University of Virginia in Foreign Affairs. During her master’s study, her thesis was to evaluate the prospects for continued regime stability in Saudi Arabia.
Marie Harf's Career
Marie Harf began her career as an analyst at the CIA's Directorate of Intelligence. There her work was to focus on Middle Eastern leadership issues. Later she was promoted to the media spokesperson of the CIA.
Harf helped to craft US President Barack Obama’s national security and communication strategy during the 2012 presidential election. She also served as a campaign spokesperson on national security issues.
Harf got appointed as the Deputy Spokesperson for the Department of State. There she served as a deputy under the White House Communications director named Jen Psaki.
Marie Harf was replaced by the retired US Navy Rear Admiral John Kirby for the post of Spokesperson for the Department of State. The news was reported by Bloomberg News in April 2015. John Kirby again beat up Marie Harf at the spokesperson position at the US Department of Defense under the Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.
On 13th May 2015, Marie Harf served as an Acting Spokesperson. She then began a new role on 1st June 2015 as a Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications to Secretary of State John Kerry. Harf continued her work leading the Iran nuclear negotiations communications strategy.
Harf attracted controversy for an interview she gave on Hardball with Chris Matthews on February 16, 2015, following the release the day before of a video by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya.
In response to questioning from Matthews on the U.S.'s strategy toward ISIS, Harf said, "We cannot kill our way out of this war. We need in the medium to the longer term to go after the root causes that lead people to join these groups, whether it's a lack of opportunity for jobs, whether ..." Her critics ridiculed her on social media with the hashtag "#JobsForISIS", which became a top-10 trending topic on U.S. Twitter.
Harf became a political commentator for the Fox News Channel in January 2017. There, the journalist works along with many other veteran media personalities such as Guy Benson, Stephen Hayes, Steve Hilton, and Robert Jackson as well.
Who Is Marie Harf's Husband?
Marie Harf is a married woman. She married Joshua Paul Lucas on 14th April 2012 after a few months of dating. The wedding ceremony took place at the Vienna Presbyterian Church in Vienna.
The couple exchanged their vows among their friends and family members including The Rev Erin E. Bair, an Anglican priest and long-time friend to the couple.
As of now, the two are living happily in Washington, District of Columbia. It's been years since the two are enjoying their married life, but they have yet to share any child.
Her husband, Lucas is from Manchester, England-is the son of Tricia H Lucas and John E. Lucas. He has completed his master's degree in law and diplomacy from Tufts University. He earned his graduation from Yale.
Harf is less active on social media like Facebook and Instagram with a few followers.
Marie Harf's Salary And Net Worth
The former intelligence officer and current Fox News political commentator Marie Harf's net worth is estimated to be around $1 million, however, her exact net worth is still under review. The popular on-air personality mostly makes money from her journalism career solely. On the other side, one of her co-workers Guy Benson owns $1.5 million as per some reliable online sources.
According to a reliable online site, a political commentator at Fox News Channel gets an average of $56,434 salary annually which ranges from $50,915 to $61,364. It is pretty sure that Harf also gets an annual salary of the same range.
Age, Body Measurement and Other Facts
- Age: As of 2020, Marie Harf is 38 years old.
- Birth Sign: Gemini
- Body Measurements: The gorgeous media personality and Fox News Channel's political commentator Marie Harf possesses a beautiful hourgla s s body figure. Her body measurement is 36-16-37 inches (breast-waist-hips).
- Height: Harf stands at an attractive height of 5 feet 6 inches.
- Weight: Her body weight is around 53kg.
- Dress Size: 6 (US)
- Bra Size: 36B
by Bchrome, 05 Apr, 2017