Jane Velez Mitchell

Jane Velez-Mitchell is a TV presenter and an author. She is best known as the host of her show that was eponymously titled Jane Velez-Mitchell and ran on HLN for six years. She tackled major issues and gave her views on them. She has appeared on several other channels as well such as on CNN and E! She is also associated with Celebrity Justice and Showbiz Tonight. Apart from her television journalism, she is also an author. She has written four books on different current issues and how to deal with them.

Early Life and Beginning of Career

Jane Velez-Mitchell was born in 1956 to an Irish-American father, Pearse Mitchell, and a Puerto Rican mother, Anita Velez-Mitchell. She has lived in the US for most of her life, and has attended the New York University.

Velez-Mitchell was present in the courtroom during the Michael Jackson sex abuse trials. She spoke about it on the show Nancy Grace and was also invited on Larry King Live on CNN during the proceedings, including on the day of the verdict itself. Her courtroom details were closely watched and widely followed by the public and she was considered to be one of the prime sources of information on how the case went.

She spent ten years as an anchor and reporter on the Los Angeles based KCAL-TV. After that, she also worked for WCBS-TV in New York City for eight years. Following this, she served for a few years on TV channels in Philadelphia and Fort Myers.

The Jane Velez-Mitchell Show

The show titled in her name was aired on HLN for six years starting from 2008. It was initially titled Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell, but was later rebranded as Jane Velez-Mitchell. This show was widely followed and was known for its frank and unassuming opinions on high-profile cases. Most of the cases dealt with politics and celebrities and they even unearthed several cold cases. Velez-Mitchell was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award in 2010 for her work on the show. The show was canceled in 2014 and was replaced by Forensic Files.

As An Author

Velez-Mitchell is an author of four nonfiction books. Her first book titled Secrets Can Be Murder was released in 2007. This was followed in 2009 by her autobiographical memoir iWant: My Journey from Addiction and Overconsumption to a Simpler, Honest Life. In this book, Velez-Mitchell revealed that she was an alcoholic and how she pulled herself out of it. Her third book came out in 2011 and was Addict Nation: An Intervention for America. The fourth book was named Exposed: The Secret Life of Jodi Arias. All her books have placed highly on the New York Times bestseller lists.

Personal Life

Velez-Mitchell is a lesbian. She revealed this in 2007 on her radio show with Al Rantel. She is not married despite rumors that she has a husband. She is a vegan and donates to several charities. She has won awards such as the Celebrity Animal Activist Award and Genesis Awards. She has been a recipient of the Movers and Shakers Award by PETA. Her movies and TV shows highlight women’s causes also, most notable the coverage titled War on Women which fetched her a Ruby Award. Her net worth is not known.

Last Modified: Apr 7, 2020

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