Lana Zak Biography – Lana Zak Wiki
Lana Zak is an American award-winning reporter and journalist who works for CBS as a news anchor since January 2020. She is evening anchor and principal weekend anchor for CBSN, CBS News’ 24-hour digital streaming network. Lana is a multiple Emmy, Edward R. Murrow, Peabody, Frontpage, and DuPont awarded journalist.
At CBS, Lana has anchored major breaking news stories, including the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and the results of the 2020 election. She regularly interviews key political decision makers, including Sen. Lindsey Graham, New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang, and Interior-Secretary Nominee Deb Haaland. Just before the runoff election in Georgia, then-Senate candidate Jon Ossoff pledged to Lana that no matter the outcome, he would “accept the election results.” And after the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, House Whip James Clyburn made headlines when he told Lana he believed the assault was an “inside job.”
Prior to joining CBSN, Lana worked at ABC News, covering government and politics for radio, television, and digital platforms for a period of 14 years. At ABC, she was an anchor producer for Diane Sawyer, rising to the position of Coordinating Producer for ABC News Special Units. She has been integral on many of ABC’s biggest stories including the Sandy Hook shooting, the Jacqueline Kennedy Interview, Jaycee Dugard’s Triumph Over Kidnapping, the Prescription for America Forum at the White House, and the incredible recovery of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. While producing for Bob Woodruff, she became the first female in history to climb the barrels of the iconic George Washington Bridge.
Before working at ABC, she was a communication officer at Columbia University from 2004 to 2006. Before then, she was also an Associate Director of Policy from 2003 to 2004 at the City of Providence.
She graduated from Bettendorf High School then proceeded to the University of Iowa and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and Journalism- Mass Communications (1996-2000). She also has a master’s degree in Public Policy, International Security, and Political Economy from Harvard University- John F. Kennedy School of Government. She is also a Fulbright Scholar and a Truman Scholar.
Lana Zak Age
She was born on December 29, 1979 in Bettendorf, Iowa, Korea.
Lana Zak Husband – Seth Andrew Lana Zak
Is Lana Zak married? She is married to her husband, Seth Andrew, an American entrepreneur. They got married on August 21, 2004, at Roger Williams Park in Providence. To acknowledge their multireligious heritages — Lana Zak’s parents are Korean and Buddhist on one side and Polish and Roman Catholic on the other, and Seth Andrew’s Quaker and Jewish — the ceremony, led by the Rev. Janet Cooper-Nelson, the chaplain at Brown, included a Quaker silent meditation, the Korean bow to the parents and a reading from the Old Testament.
Lana Zak and Seth Andrew met in Chicago, at a summer debate program at Northwestern University. Both were about to enter their senior year of high school — Andrew at the Bronx High School of Science and Zak at Bettendorf High School in Iowa — and both were officers of their school debate team. They had one face-to-face debate, on America’s China policy, and she won hands down. Their passion for the spoken word drew them to each other, Zak said. Then, Andrew truly piqued her interest by taking her sailing for her first time.
“Seth really tried to woo me,” Zak recalled. “When I got home, I broke up with my other boyfriend. Not because I wanted to be with Seth — that wasn’t even physically possible, since we lived so far apart — but after I met him, I knew that all the others weren’t the one.”
She and Andrew stayed in touch. That May, Andrew won $1,000 in a debate competition and then flew to Iowa to take Zak to her senior prom. “When he showed up at the door, I said to Lana ‘He’s the one,'” said Jane Michong Zak, her mother. “And she said ‘No, he’s just a friend.’ I said ‘We’ll see.'”
For his part, Andrew said he found himself wondering, “Why I had a girlfriend who wasn’t Lana.” Their long-distance romance continued as Zak entered the University of Iowa, and Andrew entered Brown. After a long flirtation, clarity came to them in a splash one night in Providence.
“We had this wonderful evening together,” Andrew recalled. “A thunderstorm came up, and we were playing in the rain. We wandered up the street to the main green at Brown at 3 a.m., and the sprinklers, which were on a timer, came on in spite of the downpour, so we were getting soaked from above and below. We both burst out laughing, and she said ‘Why aren’t you in love with me?’ and I said ‘What makes you think I’m not?’ That was our epiphany.”
When Zak won a Fulbright scholarship to South Korea, Andrew followed for what was to be a two-week visit. He stayed eight months. And while on a trip to Ullung Do off the eastern Korean coast, the ancestral island home of Zak’s mother’s family, they became engaged.
Lana Zak Children
She has three children; twin daughters and a son. Lana has lived in Korea, Spain and the U.S. She has traveled to all seven continents, and lives in New York with her husband and their twin daughters and son.
Lana Zak Family
Lana Zak’s parents are Korean and Buddhist on one side and Polish and Roman Catholic on the other. Her mother’s name is Jane Michong Zak. Her father’s name has not been revealed. The ancestral island home of Lana’s mother’s family is Ullung Do off the eastern Korean coast. Lana has twin daughters and a son with her husband, Seth Andrew.
Lana Zak Heritage – Lana Zak Ethnic Background
Lana Zak is of Korean/Caucasian ethnicity. Her parents are Korean and Buddhist on one side and Polish and Roman Catholic on the other.
Lana Zak Salary
ABC News’ Lana Zak receives an estimated annual salary ranging from $56,500 – $120,000.
Lana Zak Net Worth
Lana Zak’s net worth is estimated to be $1.5 million dollars.
Lana Zak Nationality
She is of Korean-American nationality. Her Twitter bio reads, ” Korea-born, Iowa-raised, NYC citizen.”
Lana Zak Height
How tall is Lana Zak? She stands at a height of about 5 feet 6 inches (1.68 m).
Lana Zak Instagram
Lana Zak’s Instagram handle is @lanazak. However, her Instagram account is set to private. Her Twitter bio reads, “Anchor @CBSNews live streaming on CBSN. Korea-born, Iowa-raised, NYC citizen. @uiowa & @Kennedy_School @harvard Ever Curious and #AlwaysOn.”