Tony Balkissoon with wife, Laura Jarrett. Credits:Instagram/laurajcnn

Laura Jarrett transitioned from CNN to NBC News. Through the lauded journalist’s career, she’s had the constant support of her partner. Laura Jarrett’s husband, Tony Balkissoon, has an impressive career and background of his own. Together they balanced their marriage and parenthood with demanding jobs. We reveal more about their relationship in this Tony Balkissoon wiki.

About Tony Balkissoon
SpouseLaura Jarrett 2012-Present
ChildrenJames Anthony Balkissoon (born July 14, 2019), June Tahay Balkissoon (born July 17, 2022)
SiblingsDenise Balkissoon
ParentsBas Balkissoon, Tahay Balkissoon
AlumniHarvard Law School
Works ForLoevy & Loevy

Tony Balkissoon’s Family

Tony Balkissoon (born 1984) is one of three children born to Bas Balkissoon and his wife, Tahay. Bas was born in Trinidad & Tobago and is of Indian descent. The family is based in Ontario, Canada where Tony grew up.

Bas Balkissoon is a prominent personality in Canada’s political scene. He was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 2005 to 2016 among several other public service positions he held.

He presided over office from 2005 to 2016. In 1988, he was elected to Scarborough City Council, and then when the city of Toronto amalgamated a few years later, he was elected to join the Toronto City Council in 1997, where he became Chair of the city’s Audit Committee.

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Bas Balkissoon is credited with uncovering a suspicious computer leasing deal between the city and a company called MFP Financial, eventually forming the judicial inquiry known as the Toronto Computer Leasing Inquiry.

Tony Balkissoon grew up alongside an older sister, Denise Balkissoon, and a brother. Denise Balkissoon is a journalist who has won a National Magazine Award for her work with The Grid.

Denise is the Ontario bureau chief at The Narwhal and was the executive editor at Chatelaine. She also co-hosted the Canadian podcast, Color Code.

Tony Balkissoon’s Education

Tony Balkissoon grew up in Scarborough, Ontario, and completed his B.A.Sc. (with honors) in 2007. He graduated in 2010 from Harvard Law School, cum laude. He was awarded the Dean’s Scholar for Trademark Law and Sex Equality.

While pursuing his law degree, Balkissoon fought hard for sex equality with the help of his work with Harvard’s Office of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response.

Tony Balkissoon’s Career

After completing his law degree, Balkissoon started working at a law firm in Chicago. While there, he worked on high-stakes patent litigation and represented pro-bono clients in criminal and immigration cases.

Later, Balkissoon worked as a law clerk under two federal judges. He was first a law clerk to the Honorable Manish S. Shah of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

The second time he was a law clerk to the Honorable Ann Claire Williams of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

In October 2016, Balkissoon started working at Loevy & Loevy as a Justice Fellow. He has been a part of the LAF Board since 2018.

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Tony Balkissoon and Laura Jarrett’s Relationship

Laura Jarrett, wife of Tony Balkissoon

Laura Jarrett, wife of Tony Balkissoon. Credits:Facebook/Laura Jarrett

Laura Jarrett and Tony Balkissoon met each other while they were studying at Harvard Law School. Jarrett is also a law graduate and worked as a justice reporter at CNN.

Jarrett is the daughter of Valerie Jarrett, who is a former senior advisor to ex-president Obama and the chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls. She is currently an advocate for equality and justice.

Balkissoon and Jarrett celebrated their engagement at the Paris Club. They got married on June 15, 2012. The wedding ceremony took place Valerie and Laura’s family home in the Chicago South Side. Then President and First Lady, Barack and Michelle Obama with their daughters were among the 280 guests. The Obamas strolled into the wedding from their own home not far away.

The guests were asked not to take any photos or videos with cameras or smartphones. It was a very private affair. However, a picture of Michelle Obama looking visibly moved by the couple’s wedding vows did do the rounds of the Internet.

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Tony Balkissoon and Laura Jarrett’s Kids

Jarrett and Balkissoon welcomed their first child, James Anthony Balkissoon, on July 14, 2019. Their daughter, June Tahay Balkissoon, was born on July 17, 2022.