Jenna Bush Hager – Biography, Age, & Career

Jenna Bush Hager is the daughter of President George W. Bush. She’s worked as a teacher and journalist, including reporting for ‘Today.’

Who Is Jenna Bush Hager?

Jenna Bush Hager’s father, George W. Bush, was the 43rd president of the United States. Hager later worked as a teacher in Baltimore and wrote The New York Times best-seller Ana’s Story, about a young woman living with HIV. She married Henry Hager in 2008 and was hired by Today the following year as a correspondent. In 2019 she was named co-host of the show’s fourth hour, with Hoda Kotb.

Early Life

Former first daughter Jenna Welch Bush was born on November 25, 1981, in Dallas, Texas to Bush and his wife, Laura. Hager was born one minute after her fraternal twin sister, Barbara. She was named after her maternal grandmother Jenna Hawkins. Her paternal grandparents are former U.S. President George H.W. Bush and first lady Barbara Bush.

Hager graduated from Stephen F. Austin High School in Austin, Texas, in 2000, the same year her father was elected president. As the Bush family settled into the White House, Jenna attended the University of Texas in Austin, where she began to attract attention as an underage partier. In April 2001, Hager was charged with possession of alcohol as a minor. The following month, she was charged with attempting to use her grandmother’s ID to purchase alcohol. She pleaded no contest to both misdemeanors.

While at UT, Jenna became a member of the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and graduated in 2004 with a degree in English. She made several appearances with her sister on behalf of their father’s re-election campaign, including a speech at the Republican Convention.

Early Career and Books

After the election, Hager taught third grade at Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School in Washington, D.C, for a year and a half. In 2006, she visited Africa with her mother. She then worked as an intern for UNICEF, where she taught in Latin America and visited drought-stricken Paraguay. The trip inspired the children’s book, Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope (2007), based on the life of a 17-year-old Latin American single mother infected with HIV.

In 2008, Hager and her mother co-authored Read All About It!, a book urging children to read.

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