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Political Correspondent & Chief Legal Correspondent, CBS News

Jan Crawford: Biography at a Glance

  • Political correspondent and chief legal correspondent for CBS News
  • Regular contributor to "CBS Evening News," "CBS This Morning" and "Face The Nation"
  • Best-selling author of "Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court"
Political Correspondent & Chief Legal Correspondent, CBS News

Jan Crawford is CBS News' Political Correspondent. She also serves as CBS News Chief Legal Correspondent and contributes regularly to the CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley, CBS This Morning, and Face The Nation, as well as CBS Radio News and CBSNews.com. Crawford joined CBS News in October 2009. She had been a regular contributor to CBS News in 2005 to 2006.

Crawford previously worked as a ABC News Legal Correspondent based in Washington, D.C. covering the Supreme Court and national legal issues. She provided legal analysis for all ABC News platforms.

Crawford's career highlights include securing interviews with both Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. and Justice John Paul Stevens. In his first television interview, Chief Justice Roberts discussed the court, his views on the law, and life since taking office. Crawford sat down with 86-year old Justice John Paul Stevens for his first network television ever.

Crawford's book on the Supreme Court, Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court, was published in January 2007 by Penguin Press. The book is a penetrating and unvarnished look at the making of the current United States Supreme Court and a news-breaking account of the coordinated campaign to move the Court in a more conservative direction.

Prior to joining ABC, Crawford was the national legal affairs reporter for the Chicago Tribune, the Supreme Court correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS, and a legal analyst for CBS’ Evening News and Face the Nation. She covered the Supreme Court and national legal issues, including judicial appointments and confirmation battles.

She began covering the Supreme Court for the Chicago Tribune in 1994. She became the NewsHour’s Supreme Court analyst in 1998, where she provided live, gavel-to-gavel coverage on PBS of the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Alito. Her exclusive reports and inside accounts of those nominations received wide acclaim. In addition to her work on the NewsHour and CBS, she has provided commentary on a variety of legal issues for other network and cable news programs.

Crawford joined the Tribune in 1987, and began covering legal affairs in 1993 after her graduation from the University of Chicago Law School. She won the Tribune’s top reporting award in 2001, as part of a team of reporters who covered the 2000 presidential election and the subsequent legal battles over the White House.

A graduate from the University of Alabama in 1987, Crawford has taught journalism at American University and frequently speaks about the court to universities, law schools, legal organizations and civic groups across the country. She is a member of the New York Bar. 

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