Daughter of Rev. Jesse Jackson
Santita Jackson is an American singer and political commentator. She is a contributor at the Fox News Channel and FOX NEWS.
She became a founding writer/contributor to their political and news website, theGrio.com an MSNBC website dedicated to African American news and opinion. She is also the host on The Word Network show.
She was born in a family of five children as the oldest daughter to Jacqueline Lavinia Brown Jackson and civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson and raised in Chicago.
She attended Howard University on a full merit scholarship. Following her time at Howard, she worked as an aide to Illinois congressman Gus Savage.
Shortly after college, she moved to New York to pursue a career in music. Jackson spent over five years touring as a backup singer for Roberta Flack. She later performed with the Opera Ebony company.
Jackson performed the National Anthem at Bill Clinton’s second Presidential Inauguration in 1997. She released her first recording project, “Put Your Arms Around the World,” a collaboration with songwriter Janice Kapp Perry, vocalist Chris Willis, and Utah Senator Orrin Hatch in 2009.
She then began working as a political commentator on the Fox News Channel in April 2012. She also hosts her own television show on The Word Network. Earlier, she produced her father’s show “Upfront with Jesse Jackson” on The Word Network.
She is the writer, co-host, and the executive producer of the nationally syndicated radio show “Keep Hope Alive with Rev. Jesse Jackson.” In 2006, she became the midday host of the top-rated urban talk radio show in Chicago, “The Santita Jackson Show” on the nation’s largest Progressive Talk Radio station, Chicago’s WVON-AM.