About 

  • Jessica Schneider is a justice correspondent based in Washington, D.C. In addition to being an award-winning journalist, she is also an attorney.

    Schneider covers the Supreme Court, the Justice Department, FBI, and a variety of legal stories. She reported throughout the Trump administration on the Mueller investigation, and the confirmation of three Supreme Court justices. She extensively reported on the January 6 Capitol attack and the criminal cases that resulted.

    Prior to joining CNN, Schneider worked as a reporter at WCBS-TV in New York City where she focused her coverage on legal issues and law enforcement.

    Schneider was honored with an Emmy Award for her Continuing Coverage of the Return Home New Jersey initiative by Governor Chris Christie. For 9 months, Schneider interviewed anxious parents of disabled adults, questioned and confronted Governor Christie and his appointees, and provided detailed analysis of the program that would have forced hundreds of disabled people into group homes in New Jersey, removing them from the facilities around the country where they had lived for decades. As a result of the media coverage, and a relentless push from parents, Governor Christie backed down from the plan in July 2015.

    Schneider worked for two years as a litigation attorney in New York City. She attended the University of Connecticut School of Law where she was an Articles Editor for the Connecticut Journal of International Law, was one of 40 law students chosen to work at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C., and represented criminal defendants in Connecticut courts as part of the Criminal Clinic at UConn Law. Upon graduating with honors in 2010, Schneider took and passed the New York and New Jersey bar exams, and was admitted to practice law in both states as well as their federal courts.

    Schneider began her career as a video journalist at Capital News 9 in Albany, New York, where she worked as the Amsterdam, NY Bureau Chief and Political Reporter. Then, Schneider attended law school while working as Weekend Morning Anchor and Reporter at WFSB-TV in Hartford, Connecticut.

    Schneider is originally from Manchester, Connecticut where she credits her high school news program, MHS TV News, with inspiring her and fueling her passion for journalism. Schneider graduated from Boston University in 2002 with degrees in Political Science and Broadcast Journalism, and was honored to be chosen to give the Commencement Address for the College of Communication. Follow Jessica on Twitter: @SchneiderCNN