Claire Shipman

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Claire Shipman
Born (1962-10-04) October 4, 1962 (age 55)
Washington, D.C.
Alma mater Columbia University
Columbia School of International and Public Affairs
Occupation Good Morning America Senior national correspondent
Spouse(s) Steve Hurst (divorced)
Jay Carney (m. 1998)
Children 2

Claire Shipman is a journalist, author, and public speaker. Before turning to writing, Claire spent almost three decades as an award-winning television journalist. For the last 14 years Claire was a regular contributor to Good Morning America and other national broadcasts for ABC News. Before that she served as White House correspondent for NBC News where she regularly reported on presidential policy and politics for NBC Nightly News and TODAY. ? Prior to that, she worked for CNN for a decade, covering the White House, and also posted in Moscow for 5 years, covering the fall of the Soviet Union. Claire’s reporting from Moscow helped CNN earn a National Headliners Award, and a coveted Peabody award. She received a DuPont Award and an Emmy Award for coverage of the 1989 Tiananmen Square student uprising, and a DuPont Award for CNN’s coverage of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. She graduated from Columbia College and later earned a Master’s degree from the School of International Affairs there. She’s now a member of Columbia’s Board of Trustees. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Jay Carney, who served as White House Press Secretary for the Obama Administration (2011-2014) and their two children and three dogs.

Life and career[edit]

Shipman, born October 4, 1962, in Washington, D.C., is the daughter of the late Christie Armstrong and Morgan Shipman, Professor of Law at The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law. She graduated from Worthington High School in Worthington, Ohio, in 1980. In 2006, she was recognized by Worthington Schools as a Distinguished Alumna during Convocation.[citation needed] She is a 1986 graduate of Columbia College of Columbia University and also holds a master's degree from Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs.[citation needed] She is divorced from former CNN Moscow bureau chief Steve Hurst.[citation needed] She and her second husband, Jay Carney, have a son and daughter. Carney was the White House press secretary from January 27, 2011, to June 20, 2014. She claims that her husband gave her no hint of the Bin Laden attack in Pakistan.[2]

Shipman's broadcast career started with a decade-long stint at CNN. From 1997 to May 2001 Shipman served as White House Correspondent for NBC News and appeared on NBC Nightly News and The Today Show.[3][full citation needed] She joined ABC News in May 2001, and frequently contributes to other ABC News programs, such as World News Tonight and Nightline. She is a substitute anchor on both Good Morning America and World News Tonight, as well as a regular participant in the "roundtable" segment of ABC News' This Week with Christiane Amanpour.

On June 2, 2009, Harper Collins published Womenomics, a book written by Shipman and BBC World News America correspondent Katty Kay exploring the redefinition of success for working women based on recent trends in the value of women to the business world.[citation needed]

Additionally, she is co-author of the book The Confidence Code.


Shipman received a Peabody Award for her work covering the 1991 Soviet coup and the subsequent dissolution of the Soviet Union.


  1. ^ "Columbia College Today". 2001-10-15. Retrieved 2014-06-19. 
  2. ^ Kurtz, Judy. (May 14, 2014) "ABC’s Claire Shipman: My husband kept me in the dark on bin Laden" In the Know. The Hill. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  3. ^ Claire Shipman (ABC news bio)

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