Rita Braver

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Rita Braver
Born Rita Lynn Braver
1948 (age 69–70)
Education University of Wisconsin (BA)
Occupation News correspondent
Spouse(s) Robert B. Barnett
Children 1

Rita Braver (born April 1948) is a correspondent for CBS News.


Rita Lynn Braver was born to a Jewish family[1] in April 1948[2] and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland.[3] Her father died while she was a teenager.[4] She has two sisters:[4] Bettie Braver Sugar and Sharon Braver Cohen.[5] She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in political science, and spent a few years at WWL-TV in New Orleans as a copy girl before moving to Washington, D.C. with her husband and joining CBS in 1972 as a producer.[6]

From 1983 to 1993, Braver served as CBS News's chief law correspondent. She broke the story of the John Walker spy ring, as well as that of another spy, Jonathan Pollard. She also led CBS's coverage of the Iran-Contra affair.

She served as CBS's chief White House correspondent during Bill Clinton's first term, and since 1998 has been chief national correspondent for Sunday Morning.[7]

Personal life[edit]

On April 10, 1972, she married Washington, D.C. lawyer Robert B. Barnett[6][8] (born 1946) whom she met in college.[6] They have a daughter, Meredith Jane Barnett (born 1978); Meredith married Dr. Daniel Ross Penn in a Jewish ceremony in Washington D.C.[9]


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