Who is Jim Axelrod?
Jim Axelrod is an American television journalist. He covers stories for CBS News on all of the network’s platforms and programs in his capacity as Chief Investigative Correspondent. Jim has established himself as one of the best journalists in the country.
He was among the assigned correspondents from CBS News as well as the first television reporter to provide live updates from Saddam International Airport (now Baghdad International Airport) after its takeover by American forces.
Jim Axelrod Age
Axelrod (60 years old) was born on January 25, 1963, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States.
Jim Axelrod Education
Axelrod graduated in 1985 from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Four years later, he received a Master of Arts with a concentration in history from Brown University.
Jim Axelrod Height
Axelrod stands at a height of 5 feet 10 inches.
Jim Axelrod Wife
Jim and his wife Christina Axelrod have three children together. Christina has been of great support to her husband and she is probably one of the main reasons that Jim is where he is today. In March 2003 her husband was assigned the duties of reporting in the Persian Gulf putting his life at risk to provide viewers with exclusive reports.
By then, the couple had two children and Christina was pregnant with their third child. During her appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s show, she introduced Jim as one of the more than 500 reporters who had been assigned to go with American troops in Iraq.
She asked her viewers to imagine whether he was their spouse or father, showcasing pictures from his reports and mentioning that Axelrod was one of the first soldiers to enter the country with the 3rd Infantry Division of the US Army.
Christina said that she could not sleep that night, expecting the worst, after learning how horrific the first day of her husband’s relocation to Iraq had been. She responded to Oprah’s question about her husband’s experiences on the front lines by saying, “It’s pretty terrible.” Nonetheless, the couple passed the phase and they are living a happy married life.
Jim Axelrod’s Salary and Net Worth
Axelrod earns an average salary of $123,637. His wages have increased significantly over the years that he has worked in mainstream media. His job at CBS has long been his primary source of income. Jim has a net worth of $2 million. He has built his wealth from his career which spans over 2 decades.
Jim Axelrod Career
Axelrod works for CBS News as the chief investigative and senior national reporter, reporting for “CBS Mornings,” “CBS Evening News,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” and other CBS News programs. He has covered several local and worldwide topics while working at CBS News, including the conflict in Iraq and the US invasion of Afghanistan.
Axelrod became the first television journalist to cover live events from Saddam International Airport in Baghdad in 2003, following the airport’s capture by American forces.
He was the first reporter embedded with ground soldiers fighting in Iraq to broadcast live footage of the U.S. Army firing artillery rounds into Iraqi positions. Axelrod was the last journalist to go with the armed forces in December 2011, having covered the withdrawal of American forces from Iraq as well.
Originally from Miami, Axelrod began his career with CBS News in 1996. He subsequently worked as a correspondent in the Dallas Bureau (1997–1999) and the New York Bureau (1999–2006).
2009 saw him promoted to national correspondent for CBS News. He also worked as the network’s main White House correspondent from 2006 to 2009. “CBS Evening News” Saturday anchor Axelrod served in that capacity from 2012 until 2016.
He worked as a political reporter for WRAL-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina, from 1993 to 1996, when he joined CBS News. Axelrod had previously worked as a reporter for WUTR-TV Utica, New York (1989–1990), and WSTM-TV Syracuse, New York (1990–1993). In 1989, he started working for WVII-TV in Bangor, Maine.