Joan Biskupic Biography
Joan Biskupic is an American journalist serving as CNN Senior Supreme Court Analyst. She has covered the U.S. Supreme Court for over 25 years and has written books about Justices Antonin Scalia, Sandra Day O’Connor, Sonia Sotomayor and Chief Justice John Roberts.
Joan Biskupic Age
Biskupic was born in 1956
Joan Biskupic Education
Joan attended Marquette University for her undergraduate studies, graduating in 1978 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. In 1986, she earned a master’s in English and Renaissance drama from the University of Oklahoma. She earned her Juris Doctor in 1993 from Georgetown University Law Center.
In 2010 she received Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Marquette University and in 2014 she was honored with a Doctor of Laws Degree from Georgetown University.
Joan Biskupic Parents
She is the daughter of the late Vincent J. Biskupic and Mary Jane Biskupic. Her mother, Mary Jane, was a children’s writer; among her stories were “The Runaway Llama” (1986) and “A Cry For Help” (1982), both in Highlights For Children. She began her writing career as an editor and publisher of The May Street Rag on Chicago’s South Side. She died on April 14, 2016.
Joan’s father was a lawyer who practiced law for 55 years in Chicago, Oak Brook and Naperville. He graduated from OLD Loyola Law School in 1953. He died in October 2008 at the age of 78.
Joan Biskupic Siblings
Joan has eight siblings; Donna Biskupic, Carol Biskupic Knight, Sharon Moss, Steven Biskupic, Elaine Bunnell, Vincent R. Biskupic, Nancy Van Dis, and James Biskupic. Her brother Steven, is a former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, now in private practice while Vincent is a judge on the Outagamie Circuit Court.
Joan Biskupic Husband
Biskupic is married to Lewis Clay. There is no public information regarding Lewis. Joan likes to keep her personal life very private as she does not share even photos of her family in the media.
Joan Biskupic Daughter
Joan and her husband Lewis have one daughter, Elizabeth Bauer Lewis. She is an actor, singer, writer and vocal coach. She received an M.F.A. in Acting from Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company and a B.A. in Comparative Literature, focuses in Music and French Literature, from the University of Chicago.
Joan Biskupic CNN
Joan is a CNN Senior Supreme Court Analyst since 2017, she joined CNN in July 2016 as a part-time contributor and in July 2017 she became a full-time contributor. She is also a regular panelist on Washington Week and has appeared on The Diane Rehm Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Nightline, Face the Nation, and Stay Tuned with Preet.
She began as a Congressional Quarterly Weekly Report in 1989 where she covered legislative affairs on Capitol Hill and at times reported on the court. During her tenure, she won the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress for her coverage of Clarence Thomas’ Senate confirmation hearings.
She joined the Washington Post in 1992 as a Supreme Court correspondent, delivering her coverage through a more “political lens” for the Post audience.In 2000, she joined USA Today as a Supreme Court correspondent. In 2012, she left USA Today, to join Reuters News, Washington Bureau as the legal affairs editor-in-charge. She left that position in 2016 to join the University of California, Irvine, Law School as a visiting law professor, a position she held until June 2017.
Joan Biskupic Supreme Court
Joan is a Supreme Court analyst for CNN and has 25 years covering the same. She has also written books on the Supreme Court, including biographies of Supreme Court Justices Sandra Day O’Connor, Antonin Scalia, and Sonia Sotomayor, and Chief Justice John Roberts.
Joan Biskupic Books
Joan is a published author of several books on judiciary, including American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux in 2009, and Sandra Day O’Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became Its Most Influential Justice.
Her book list includes;
- The Chief: The Life and Turbulent Times of John Roberts. Basic Books/Perseus, 2019.
- Breaking In: The Rise of Sonia Sotomayor and the Politics of Justice. Sarah Crichton/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2014.
- American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Sarah Crichton/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2009.
- Sandra Day O’Connor: How the First Woman on the Supreme Court Became its Most Influential Justice. Ecco/HarperCollins, 2005.
- Congressional Quarterly’s Guide to the U.S. Supreme Court. Congressional Quarterly Press, 1997; two-volume edition, with co-author Elder Witt; related books created by the authors: The Supreme Court and Individual Rights; The Supreme Court and the Powers of the American Government; The Supreme Court at Work, 1997.
- The Supreme Court Yearbook. Congressional Quarterly Press; series originator and author for the first three volumes, covering the 1989-1990, 1990-1991, and 1991-1992 terms; American Library Association selected the inaugural edition as an Outstanding Reference Source in 1991.