Michelle Bernard falls into the category of strong African American women who are doing their race proud in their areas of specialization. She is a political analyst, journalist, lawyer, author, and the president and CEO of an initiative known as Bernard Center For Women, Politics & Public Policy. She has worked at various organizations and institutions throughout her career – which began in a law firm.
Being an advocate for the rights of women, Michelle formerly held the post of president in two women advocacy forums – Independent Women’s Forum and Independent Women’s Voice. She worked on the campaign of former US President and also worked as a member of the Presidential Inaugural Committee. She has also several other achievements and has been on the board of various committees, bureau, forums, advisory boards and so on.
For all her service to humanity and especially the womenfolk, Bernard has not gone unnoticed. Read on to learn more about this powerful woman in the following paragraphs.
Michelle Bernard’s Bio
She was born Michelle Denise Bernard on July 30, 1963, in the political capital of the United States of America – Washington DC. And even though the schools she attended for her elementary and high school education are not known, she is a famous graduate of the Howard University where she obtained a B.A degree in Philosophy and minored in Political Science.
In addition to her first degree, the Howard University alumnus also has a Juris Doctor which qualifies her as certified legal personnel. Michelle Bernard’s career has seen her work as a journalist with The Seventy-Four, The Root, The Washington Post, She the People, and The Huffington Post. As mentioned previously, she is also a legal and political analyst who speaks on a variety of issues centered on politics and law on news stations.
On the administrative front, Michelle Bernard is a member of the Advisory Board of the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence and a speaker for the Washington Speaker’s Bureau. She also sits on the board of directors of the Coalition for an Opportunity in Education and the board of trustees of Hampton University in addition to several other administrative positions she serves in.
Michelle Bernard was honored with the Anvil of Freedom Award for Journalism and Democracy from the University of Denver’s Estlow International Center for Journalism & New Media and got mentioned in the list of Rising Star in their Money & Power contained in Essence Magazine in the year 2014. In 2015, she was named the Spring 2015 Mary Louise Smith Chair in Women and Politics by Iowa State University. A year later, she was granted a Howard University Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award in the Fields of Media, Journalism, and Public Policy, and the list goes on.
She is also an author, her books include Moving America Toward Justice: The Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law and Women’s Progress: How Women Are Wealthier, Healthier, and More Independent Than Ever Before.
Michelle Bernard’s Family – Parents, Husband
Michelle Bernard has kept a lot of information about her family to her self. It is known that she was born in Washington DC where she was raised by her parents – Dr. Milton and Nesta Bernard – who are of Jamaican descent. The names of her siblings are however not known at the moment as she hasn’t been open about them but we know they exist as her Twitter profile reads among other things, ‘sister’. According to her, her family has a very strong sense of pride, honor, and self-reliance. She was also raised to imbibe the rich cultures of America and Jamaica.
Bernard is a one-time divorcee who is currently remarried. She was married to CNN correspondent, Joe Johns. It is uncertain where and when they got married, however, they got divorced in 2008. Together, the couple had two children – a son and a daughter named Logan Christopher Johns and Avery Michelle Bernard Johns respectively.
Michelle Bernard found love again in the arms of Keith Bell and by 2014, they sealed their bond by tying the nuptial knot and while the couple had no children of their own, Michelle has custody of both children from her first marriage and together, they all live in Potomac, Maryland.
Other Facts About The Journalist
1. Many celebrities and public figures take up the responsibility of disclosing their body measurements and statistics while some prefer to keep it a secret. The former plays out it in the case of Michelle Bernard. She had given her height as 5 feet 10 inches although her weight is not known. For her bust, waist and hips sizes, they are given as 36-25-36 inches respectively.
2. Michelle Bernard has accumulated a decent amount of wealth from all her endeavors including her awards. Although her salary at this time is not certain, she has a net worth of $1 million.