• Born in Exeter, Nebraska USA in 1973
• Senior White House Correspondent for CNN
• Winner of Pulitzer Prize
• Net worth of over $1 million
• Nationality: American; Ethnicity: White
• Education: University of Nebraska
• Started career with The Des Moines Register (1996-2000)
• Worked for The Chicago Tribune and The New York Times
• Senior Washington Correspondent for ABC News (2013)
• Rumored to be gay; no confirmed dating history
• Social media presence • Instagram (10,000 followers) and Twitter (275,000 followers)

Who is Jeff Zeleny?

Jeffrey Dean ‘Jeff’ Zeleny was born on 10 June 1973 under the birth sign of Gemini. in Exeter, Nebraska USA, of at lest part Czech descent. He’s a journalist, probably best recognized for serving in the position of a Senior White House Correspondent for the CNN network. Jeff is also known as the winner of a Pulitzer Prize.

How rich is he, as of now? Jeff Zeleny Net Worth

His professional career started in 1996 and he has been an active member of the news industry ever since. So, if you’re wondering how rich Jeff Zeleny is, as of mid-2024 it’s been estimated by authoritative sources that the total size of his net worth is over $1 million, accumulated through his successful career; his salary is now reputed to be a minimum of $125,000.

Early Life, Family, Nationality, Ethnicity

Concerning his early life, Jeff Zeleny spent his childhood on the family farm in Exeter, where he was raised by his father, Robert Dean Zeleny, and his mother, Diane Naomi Zeleny. He has two elder brothers, named Michael Jon Zeleny and James Robert Zeleny. He holds American nationality, and is of white ethnicity.


Regarding his educational background, Jeff attended Exeter High School where he developed his love for journalism, and worked on various sports stories for “York News-Times”, a daily newspaper published in York, Nebraska.

Jeff Zeleny

Upon matriculation, he enrolled into the University of Nebraska to study Political Science and Journalism, and where he served as the editor of the college newspaper – “Daily Nebraskan”. Besides that, he was also a trumpet player in the University of Nebraska Cornhusker Marching Band. He graduated in 1996.

Career Beginnings: “The Des Moines Register”

After doing internships for such newspapers as the “Florida Times-Union”, “Arkansas Democrat-Gazette”, and “Wall Street Journal”, Jeff Zeleny’s full-time professional career started when he was hired by the daily morning newspaper of Des Moines, Iowa, called “The Des Moines Register”, working there from 1996 to 2000. This really marked the establishment of his net worth.

Rise to Fame: “The Chicago Tribune” and Pulitzer Prize

Distinguishing himself as a young and devoted journalist, Jeff Zeleny soon got a chance to write for “The Chicago Tribune”, owned by Tribune Publishing, which not only increased enormously his popularity but also steadily added to his net worth. During his stint there, Jeff covered various stories, including reporting on the Presidential Campaigns in 2000 and 2004. Thanks to his skills and hard work, Jeff became the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Journalism, for his series of articles regarding air traffic control problems throughout the whole nation.

Other Projects and Continued Success

In 2006, Jeff decided to join “The New York Times” to work in the position of a National Political Correspondent, so he reported on the Presidential Campaigns in 2008 and in 2012. He was spotted by various media blogs at the 100-day press conference in April of 2009, for asking President Barack Obama how he was humbled and troubled during his first days in office. In February of 2013, Jeff had an opportunity to work in the position of a Senior Washington Correspondent for the ABC News network, which he  accepted, again potentially increasing his net worth.

Recent Years

Moreover, he was also nominated for Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story – Long Form at the 2014 News & Documentary Emmy Awards. During the next year, Jeff joined the CNN network where he continued serving in the position of a Senior White House Correspondent in January of 2017; since 2021, he’s been Chief National Affairs Correspondent, and is currently covering the 2024 Presidential Campaign.

Personal Life: Is He Dating Anyone? Is He Gay or Not? Residence, Stuttering

Covering his personal life, Jeff Zeleny has managed to keep that very low-key, though he is very popular. There is almost no information which can link to his current dating and girlfriend.

So, he might just be looking for his perfect match to start dating, but there are also rumors that he is gay; to which he’s supposedly confirmed, but it’s believed that he’s single. Regarding his residence, Jeff currently lives in Washington, D.C. Jeff is also known for stuttering, especially while he was a student, so he was honored by the Stuttering Foundation in May of 2013. The charitable organization is one of those leading in the world for providing help to people who stutter.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

Regarding his appearance, he’s apparently a handsome man with short dark brown hair and dark brown colored eyes. He stands at a height of 5ft 8ins (1.73m), while his weight and vital statistics are still not disclosed to the public.

Social Media Presence

In addition to his involvement in the news industry, Jeff Zeleny is also active as a member across many of the most popular social media sites, which he uses not only to promote his upcoming projects but also to post photos from his private life, and share various other content with his fans. So, he runs his official Instagram account, and  Twitter accounts, having more than 275,000 followers.

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