Former prosecutor, judge and elected official from the state of New York, as well as a news anchor, Jeanine Pirro (full name Jeanie Ferris Pirro) was born on 2nd June 1951 in Elmira, New York. Currently a legal analyst and television personality, Pirro is 65 years of age. The following is a brief bio of this personality whose husband was Albert Pirro, whom she married in 1975 and divorced in 2013.
Born in Elmira, New York to parents of Lebanese origin (father: mobile bus salesman, mother : department-store model), Pirro graduated from Notre Dame High School in three years, a year shorter than what it actually takes. She then joined the University of Buffalo and graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in her B.A. degree. In 1975, she received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) at Albany Law School.
After completing her studies in law, in 1978 she became Assistant District Atrorney in Westchester County, thereby becoming the first female judge to serve in Westchester County Court, and later also the first female District Attorney in 1993, and re-elected in 1997 and 2003. She received much fame and media focus for her prosecution of murder, rape, domestic violence, and also appeared on well known TV shows like Larry King Live and Nightline. As Chair of the New York State Commission on Domestic Violence Fatalities, she gathered huge media attention. Her reports and recommendations made during this period resulted in the passing of legislation that enhanced protection of the victims of domestic abuse. In 2006, she unsuccessfully ran for the 2006 Republican Senate nomination as well as the position of Attorney General.
Earlier a regular contributor to The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, Pirro currently contributes to Today, Fox NY Good Day New York, and has appeared as Fox News legal analyst on various occasions, as well as guest hosted Larry King Live, The Joy Behar Show, and Geraldo at Large. She also frequently guests on Fox's night satire show, Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfield. In 2008, Pirro had her own show airing through the CW, titled Judge Jeanie Pirro that won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program until it got cancelled in 2011. In 2011, Pirro started hosting Fox News Channel's Justice with Judge Jeanine, that premiered in January 2011 and airs on weekends to focus on the key legal events of the week.
Pirro has authored 2 books so far, the first is a nonfiction book To Punish and Protect that describes life inside the criminal justice system, and the second is a fiction novel Sly Fox that is based on her own experiences as a 25 year old assistant district attorney, back in Westchester. She also appears in HBO 6-part serial The Jinx about the disappearance of Kathie Durst in 1983, a case for which Pirro was the investigating attorney.
Known popularly as JudgeJeanie on twitter, where she has over 138 thousand followers, Pirro's net worth is estimated to be around $5 million. In 1997, she was named by the People magazine as one of its 50 Most Beautiful People. She has 2 children from her marriage to Albert Pirro.