Kari Lake Biography

Kari Lake is an American politician who was once a television news anchor. She worked at Phoenix television station for 27 years, and after a successful career as one of the best mainstream presenters for Phoenix Television, she finally decided to step down in March 2021.

Here is a brief biography of Kari Lake who is running for election as Governor of Arizona under the Republican party and will be on the ballot in the upcoming general election.

Full NameKari Ann Lake
Age53 years old
BirthplaceRock Island, Illinois
ProfessionPolitician & News Anchor

Kari Lake Early Life and Education

Karen was born into a family of 8, her father Larry.A.Lake was a teacher, basketball and football coach at Richland Center, Wisconsin, while her mother Shella A Lake (nee McGuire) was a nurse from Appleton, Wisconsin.

She was born on August 23rd, 1969 in Illinois, but grew up with her parents and siblings in Iowa where she learned the values she exhibits today. Growing up was a bit tough for Kari but her parents did their best to provide for her and after high school, Kari went to college to further her education in hope of a better life.

She studied and finished at North Scott Senior high school in Eldridge, Iowa. She then moved to the University of Iowa where she bagged a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication and Journalism.

She started her career in 1991 when she got a job as an intern at KWQC-TV in Davenport, Iowa while schooling at the University of Iowa. This would mark the beginning of her Journalism career where she vowed to stand and abide by the truth.

The following year, she joined WHBF-TV in Rock Island, Illinois where she was a daily newscaster and weekend weathercaster. In 1994, Kari was hired by KPNX in Phoenix, Arizona to be their weather anchor and was later their evening anchor before she moved to Albany, New York to replace Chris Kapostasy in WNYT in 1998. She finally moved back to Phoenix in 1999 to work for KSAZ-TV where she interviewed Barack Obama in 2016 and Donald Trump in 2020.

The later days of her Journalism career kinda took a downward path, as she faced a lot of critics and backlash concerning some of the false and unverified information she shared on her social media platforms. She soon left her local TV anchoring career and became a pro-Trump politician in Arizona.

In 2021, she publicly announced her departure from KSAZ-TV a day after a television news industry site called FTVLive shared a video clip of Kari at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Orlando.  

She was previously married to an electrical engineer Tracy Finnegan, before divorcing and marrying again in 1998 to Jeff Halperin. 

Kari Lake Political Career

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Kari says she has always had politics in her, stating the relationship between her long found career in journalism and politics. She has always been a Republican, until November 2006 when she decided to become independent. On January 4th, 2008 when Barack Obama won the Iowa Democratic presidential caucuses, Keri decided to register as a Democrat.

She later came back in 2012 and said she only left the Republican party because of the ongoing war between Iraq and Afghanistan back in 2006 and announced that she would be rejoining the Republican party.

During her back-and-forth party switching, she supported John Kerry and Barack Obama in 2004 and 2008 respectively. She would later cite Trump, Kelly Wards (who is now the party chair of the Republicans), and Ronald Reagan who were all former democrats as the precedent for her party switching.

In June 2021, Keri filed paperwork to seek the republican nomination as the candidate for the 2022 Arizona gubernatorial elections and received Donal Trump’s endorsement in September 2021.

She had a close run with fellow Republican Karrin Taylor Robson for the primaries but later won the Republican primaries for Arizona in August 2022. She focused her campaign on promoting the false claim that the presidential election in Arizona and nationwide in 2020 was “rigged and stolen”. Some may attribute this to her success in the primaries and her endorsement by Trump.

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