Omar Jimenez Biography
Omar Fernando Jimenez is an American journalist serving as a CNN correspondent based in Chicago. She previously served as a national correspondent for Newsource in Washington D.C. Metro Area.
Omar Jimenez Age
Omar was born on November 27, 1993 in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Omar Jimenez Height
He stands at a height of 6 feet 1 inch tall.
Omar Jimenez Religion
His religion is unknown.
Omar Jimenez Ethnicity
He is of Hispanic descent.
Omar Jimenez Education
He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern University.
Omar Jimenez Parents
He is the son of Jayne Middlebrooks and Omar Jimenez. His parents divorced when he was in sixth grade. He talked about the divorce in an interview saying; “I was a little young and it wasn’t too messy. Obviously it was tough for both parents, but I felt like it was a pretty normal divorce. It makes you wonder what would have happened if they had stayed together, but you can ask that question about all aspects of life.”
Omar Jimenez Wife
He is not married but there is no public information available on whether he is in a relationship or not.
Omar Jimenez Basketball
Omar played basketball for the Northwestern Wildcats men’s basketball as a Guard. During the 2012-13 season he recorded a steal in a season-opening win over Texas Southern (11/13), Notched an assist and a rebound in a victory over Fairleigh Dickinson (11/18)
While in high school he averaged 16 points and six rebounds per game as a senior. He served as the team captain and was a recipient of Coaches’ Award. During his freshman year of high school, he played for Georgia Fast Break, a nationally competitive AAU club out of Atlanta. He later fractured his back, an injury that kept him off the court eight full months and forced him to miss the crucial summer evaluation period heading into his junior year. Shortly after recovering from the back rehabilitation, he snapped his arm diving for a loose ball in practice. With the injury, another pivotal summer evaluation period passed.
Omar Jimenez Journalist
He began his career in journalism as an NBC News Intern, he previously served as a Republican national convention runner for the station. He then joined CNN International News as an intern. In March 2014 he joined WGEM TV as a resident reporter. He later joined CNN affiliate as a desk intern.
In joined Innocence Project in September 2014 as an investigative intern and videographer in Chicago. He investigated cases in which prisoners may have been convicted of crimes they did not commit, with priority to murder cases that resulted in sentences of death or life without parole.
In September 2011 he joined the Northwestern News Network as a News Reporter. He later joined Hearst Television- WBAL-TV as a news reporter.
He was also a co-founder of The Quad, a national college news website meant to promote discussion among college students beyond the classroom. The site featured news updates, blogs, entertainment, and a discussion section offering an opportunity to debate and vote on current issues. It became defunct in June 2015.
Omar Jimenez CNN
Jimenez is a national correspondent for CNN Worldwide where he covers the Midwestern United States reporting on breaking news and also contributes for both on-air and digital CNN. He previously served as a national correspondent for Newsource in Washington D.C Metro Area.
He first joined CNN in June 2013 as an intern for International News where he corresponded from the United Nations with CNN reporters and producers on various issues including: internal violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo, UN sanctions violations by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and chemical weapon attacks in Syria.
In June 2014 he again rejoined CNN as an affiliate desk intern in Greater Atlanta Area.
Omar Jimenez Arrested
On May 29, 2020 Omar was arrested live on air while reporting on the Minneapolis protest that began after the death of George Floyd. CNN has confirmed the incident, adding that a producer and camera operator were also arrested.
“That is an American television reporter being led away by police officers. He clearly identified himself as a reporter and was respectfully explaining to the police that the CNN team was there and moving away as they would request, and then for some reason he was taken into police custody live on television,” added the anchor off-screen.
The police allege that they were arrested because they were told to move and didn’t.
Omar Jimenez Salary
His actual salary is unknown.