Gregory Walter "Gregg" Jarrett (born April 7, 1955) is an American television journalist and news anchor on the Fox News Channel. He joined Fox in November 2002, after working over ten years for local TV stations affiliated with NBC, ABC, PBS and national networks Court TV, and MSNBC. Prior to journalism he worked as a defense attorney in San Francisco. He maintains an active status with the California State Bar and is a frequent lecturer at law schools.
Jarrett was born in Los Angeles and raised in nearby San Marino, California, graduating from San Marino High School in 1973. He graduated magna cum laude from Claremont Men's College in 1977 with a degree in political science. He graduated from law school at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in 1980, and worked as a defense attorney for several years in San Francisco with the firm of Gordon & Rees LLP. He maintains his California bar license and has taught law as an adjunct professor at New York Law School and lectured at other law schools.
Jarrett joined the Fox News Channel in November 2002. He co-anchors weekend newscasts with Heather Childers and serves as a substitute anchor weekdays for America's Newsroom (in for Bill Hemmer), Happening Now (in for Jon Scott), and Shepard Smith Reporting for (in for Shepard Smith). He is also a correspondent for the network's one-hour documentaries, and he serves as a legal analyst for both FNC and the Fox Business Network. He covered the Iraq War as a correspondent for Fox based in Baghdad from May through July, 2003. Embedded with the 2nd Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division, he was among the first journalists to report from Fallujah.
Prior to joining Fox, Jarrett worked at MSNBC as an anchor and correspondent. He was anchoring the morning of September 11, 2001 during the 9/11 attacks. He also served as a correspondent covering the Second Intifada in November and December 2001, reporting and anchoring newscasts from Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. Jarrett reported "live" from the Ben Yehuda Street bombing in Jerusalem on December 1, 2001 when two suicide bombers and a car bomb killed 13 people, including many children, and injured 188 others.
Jarrett also worked at Court TV (the network now known as TruTV) for eight years, serving as the anchor of Prime Time Justice. He hosted the network's nationally syndicated half-hour magazine show, Inside America's Courts, which was seen daily on broadcast stations (NBC in New York City and Los Angeles) and weekends on CNBC. He was a main anchor for the O.J. Simpson murder trial on location in Los Angeles in 1995, and he covered other major trials including the Menendez brothers, William Kennedy Smith, Jeffrey Dahmer, Rodney King, Marv Albert, and former au pair Louise Woodward. His weekly legal column, syndicated by Knight Ridder/Tribune Media, was distributed to 350 newspapers across the country.
Prior to Court TV, Jarrett worked for a number of local stations including KCSM-TV in San Francisco, California; WMDT-TV in Salisbury, Maryland; WKFT-TV in Raleigh, North Carolina and KSNW-TV in Wichita, Kansas. While at KSNW, he captured the Emmy award-winning "underpass tornado" video which was famously featured on many T.V. storm specials.
In mid-May 2014, Jarrett requested a leave of absence for personal reasons. His leave was granted by Fox and he was replaced by other journalists with no date set for his return.
On May 21, 2014, Jarrett was at a bar in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport when police were called. He was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of interfering with a peace officer and released after posting $300 bail. Huffington Post reported that found in Jarrett's possession were Gabapentin pills and evidence of recent release from an alcohol and chemical dependency treatment facility.
Jarrett returned to the airwaves of Fox News in early December 2014.