Karine Jean-Pierre and Suzanne Malveaux: What to know after historic White House press brief

Iram Sharifah Khan May 28, 2021
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Who is Karine Jean-Pierre’s partner, Suzanne Malveaux? Fans want to know after she became the second black woman in history to carry out a White House briefing

Who is Karin Jean-Pierre?

Karin Jean-Pierre is an American political activist. She was born on 13 August 1977 in Fort-de-France, Martinique to Haitian parents. Her father worked as a taxi driver and her mother as a home health aide when she was growing up. Karin has four siblings and is the oldest.

She graduated from the New York Institute of Technology and in 2003 received her Masters in Public Affairs from Columbia University. A year later Jean-Pierre took her first role in politics as deputy chief of staff on New York City Council.

In 2008 Jean-Pierre became the Southern Regional Political Director for the Obama campaign and a year later worked as White House Liason. Ten years after gaining her Masters, Jean-Pierre returned to her alma mater as a lecturer in international and public affairs. Her LinkedIn profile highlights her years of experience in politics.

In more recent years she worked on the Biden campaign and has now made history as the second black woman in decades as well as the first-ever openly gay member of the LGBTQIA community to address people at a White House press conference. The first black woman to address the conference was during the Bush administration in 1991, when Judy Smith addressed people as deputy press secretary.

When asked about the historical event Jean-Pierre said: “It’s a real honour to be standing here today. Being in this room, being in this building is not about one person. It’s about what we do on behalf of the American people.”

People can follow Jean-Pierre on her official Instagram account here. Karine Jean-Pierre’s partner is Suzanne Malveaux.

Meet Suzanne Malveaux

Suzanne Maria Malveaux is an American news journalist. She was born on 4 December 1996 in Michigan, USA. Her parents are of Louisiana Creole origin. She has an identical twin sister named Suzette.

Her father, Floyd Joseph, is a former doctor turned dean of the College of Medicine at Howard University. Her mother is retired school teacher Myrna Maria Ruiz.

Malveaux graduated from Harvard with a degree in sociology and later got a Masters in broadcasting from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. While at university, she was a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

Her first role as an on-screen journalist was in 1992, when she worked as a general assignment reporter for New England Cable. She then moved from crime and local news to political news, when she was hired by NBC News in 1999. Throughout her career, Malveaux covered historical events such as impeachments and wars and later became a Whitehouse correspondent.

There is an Instagram account in her name. Although it is not known if this account belongs to her, as there is no blue tick to verify it:

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Karin Jean-Pierre and Suzanne Malveaux’s relationship

It is not known where Karin Jean-Pierre and Suzanne Malveaux met. Nor if they are engaged or married. What we do know is they have an adopted daughter, Soleil, who is about six years of age at time of writing.

While the two are open about their sexual orientation and relationship, they remain private about their personal lives together. They also reside in the Washington, DC, area.

Jean-Pierre has stated her daughter has met former president Barack Obama on a few occasions. In her 2019 memoir entitled Moving Forward: A Story Of Hope, Hard Work, And The Promise of America, she talks about what her life was like growing up covering personal topics and experiences such as sexual orientation and suicide.

Iram is a London-based freelance journalist with a BA in Journalism and Media from Birkbeck University. She studied several modules, including Journalism in British Life, Interview skills and Feature Writing, Introduction to Journalism Practice and Manga and Anime. Iram went from university to work with GRV Media at The Focus Writers’ Academy and enjoys learning Japanese, taking singing lessons, playing video games and watching Korean dramas in her spare time.