Weijia Jiang is a broadcast journalist and reporter from the United States. She has been CBS News' senior White House correspondent since July 2018. Jiang's tense press conferences with President Donald Trump drew widespread interest and coverage.
Weijia Jiang’s Net Worth and Career
Weijia Jiang‘s net worth is projected to be $1 million USD. Her primary source of income is her work as a journalist/reporter.
The reporter started her career in broadcasting at the age of 13 as a student reporter and anchor for Channel One News in Los Angeles after winning a student competition. After earning her broadcast journalism degree, she worked as a reporter for WBOC-TV from 2006 to 2008 before moving on to work as a general assignment reporter for WJZ-TV in Baltimore for four years and received an Edward R. Murrow Award and an Associated Press Award for her feature reporting at WBOC-TV.
Jiang covered big stories such as Superstorm Sandy, the Boston Marathon bombings, and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings during her three-year tenure at CBS New York as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor for WCBS-TV. WJZ-TV received a regional Emmy award in the 34th News & Documentary Emmy Awards in 2013 for its coverage of the Newtown Tragedy, in which Jiang was involved.
The journalist relocated to Washington, D.C., to work as a reporter for Newspath, CBS News’ 24-hour newsgathering operation. She served as the Gala Dinner MC for the Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Gala Dinner in 2014, which included letters of encouragement from then-President Barack Obama, Andrew Cuomo, and Bill de Blasio.
Weijia joined CBS News as White House Correspondent in 2018, covering political headlines such as President Trump‘s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Mueller investigation. She has traveled with President Trump as part of her job, including on Air Force One.
Weijia Jiang’s Confrontations with President Trump
Weijia Jiang, who became a White House Correspondent in 2018, has had several run-ins with President Trump, mostly in response to her line of questioning. These experiences have garnered global media attention, raising concerns about critical topics such as racism.
On June 15, 2018, Jiang asked President Trump why he thought North Korea no longer posed a nuclear threat, to which Trump raised his hand and said “Quiet” before remarking to another male, “She’s so obnoxious.” Jiang was ordered to “sit down” on September 26, 2018, after repeatedly questioning President Trump about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Jiang claimed on March 17, 2020, that a “White House official referred to Coronavirus as the ‘Kung-Flu’ to my face.” On April 3, 2020, President Trump called Jiang’s concern about Jared Kushner’s use of “our” to characterize the federal government’s stockpile of medical supplies a “nasty question.”
When asked on April 19, 2020, why President Trump did not alert Americans about the virus earlier, Jiang was ordered to “just relax” and “keep your voice down.”
On May 11, 2020, Jiang inquired as to why there was such a focus on competitively comparing coronavirus research, to which President Trump replied “Don’t bother asking me. That is a concern for China.” “Sir, why are you saying that to me specifically?” Jiang replied. which Trump responded “I’m not saying it to anyone in particular. I’m saying this to someone who would raise a question like that.” Trump suddenly exited the press conference shortly after this encounter, after CNN White House Correspondent Kaitlan Collins was denied the opportunity to ask her question.
Weijia Jiang’s Relationship Detail
Weijia Jiang married Travis Luther Lowe on March 17 in Palm Springs, California. Jim Obergefell officiated the service, which included a Chinese tea ceremony. They met in 2003 while co-hosting a weekly campus television show at their alma mater, the College of William & Mary. Frankie Mei, their daughter, was born in December 2018.
The couple settled in Washington, D.C., Mr. Lowe serves as the global Vice President of public affairs for YELP, a customer review website, and smartphone application, and Ms. Jiang is a CBS News Washington reporter covering the White House and Capitol Hill.
Weijia Jiang’s Personal Information
Weijia Jiang was born in Xiamen, Mainland China, to parents Liya Wei and Huade “John” Jiang, and immigrated to America with her family when she was two years old. Her parents, who are now deceased, owned and run Chinatown Restaurant in Buckhannon, West Virginia, where she grew up.
The journalist became interested in journalism after being encouraged to do so by his eighth-grade teacher. They collaborated to create a homemade TV show for submission to a competition run by the national student broadcast Channel One, which resulted in Jiang receiving a two-week internship as a student anchor and reporter in Los Angeles. Jiang was a member of the high school video news staff during his high school years.
The reporter earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and a minor in chemistry from the College of William and Mary in 2005. She interned at the student-run television station WMTV and credits the university with sparking her interest. She graduated with a Master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University in 2006. In 2012, she was inducted into Newhouse School’s Professional Gallery.
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