Karen Finney – CNN Political Commentator and Thought Leader


In addition to hosting the Disrupt with Karen Finney news segment on MSNBC, Karen has worked on national politics and in media. She previously served as a spokesperson for President Bill Clinton and worked as the director of communications for the Democratic National Committee. She has written columns for The Hill and was born in New York City and raised in a mixed-race family. Her net worth is estimated to be $1 million by 2021. While working in the political arena, Finney has been a staunch advocate for women’s rights.

Besides being a prominent political commentator for CNN, Finney is also a leading thought leader. She has held several positions in the media and politics, including serving as a spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee, political strategist, and labor negotiator. Her father worked as a lawyer, and she has also served as a columnist for The Hill. She is also the first African-American woman to serve as a spokesperson for the Democratic National Committee. She has worked as a DNC press secretary, a communications director for the DNC, and a deputy director of presidential scheduling for Bill Clinton. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from University of California, Los Angeles, and a master’s degree from UC Berkeley.


During her career, Finney has been an advocate for public education. In her previous role as Chief of Staff at Scholastic Inc., she led branding and internet strategies. In addition, she also cultivated strategic relationships with key organizations. In addition to her work on education, Finney has also worked as a communications director for the New York City Board of Education. She has extensive experience in the media and has an impressive resume.

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