Kari Lake is a former American television news anchor who ran for governor of Arizona in 2022. She is currently a candidate for the United States Senate in Arizona for the 2024 election.
Age- 54 years
Full name-Kari Lake Halperin
Height- 175 cm
Weight- 60 kg
Born- 23 August 1969
Birthplace-Rock Island, Illinois, United States
Spouse-Jeff Halperin (m. 1998)
Profession-Television Anchor, Politician
Her parents are Larry A. Lake and Sheila A. Lake. Her father, originally from Richland Center, Wisconsin, is a teacher and coach of football and basketball. Her mother, hailing from Appleton, Wisconsin, is a nurse.
Lake has been married to Jeff Halperin since August 1998. She previously married Tracy Finnegan, an electrical engineer.
Lake and Jeff Halperin have two children together.
After completing her education at North Scott Senior High School in Eldridge, Iowa, she went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and journalism from the University of Iowa.
In May 1991, Lake started as an intern at KWQC-TV in Davenport, Iowa, and later worked at WHBF-TV and KPNX in various roles. She anchored at KSAZ-TV in Phoenix, Arizona, interviewing Presidents Obama and Trump. In her later media years, Lake faced criticism for sharing false information on social media, opposed the Red for Ed movement, and became a divisive figure. She left KSAZ in March 2021 after a video raised questions about her role at CPAC. In June 2021, Lake announced her campaign for governor.
Lake initially belonged to the Republican Party until November 3, 2006, when she became an independent. She switched to the Democratic Party on January 4, 2008, returning to the Republican Party on January 31, 2012. Lake cited opposition to the Iraq and Afghanistan wars as the reason for leaving the Republicans in 2006. She supported John Kerry in 2004 and Barack Obama in 2008, making donations to Democratic candidates. During her 2022 gubernatorial run, Lake, a prominent figure in the far-right movement, secured Trump’s endorsement. She won the GOP primary, promoting false claims about the 2020 election being rigged. Lake led anti-mask rallies during the COVID-19 pandemic and faced criticism for spreading COVID-19 misinformation. After losing the 2022 election to Katie Hobbs, Lake refused to concede, filed multiple lawsuits, and continued to promote baseless election fraud claims, facing sanctions and legal setbacks.
On October 10, 2023, Lake declared her candidacy for the 2024 United States Senate election in Arizona. In November 2023, there was observed a shift in Lake’s approach, as she transitioned from her combative stance in the gubernatorial campaign to a more diplomatic one. Politico highlighted this change, noting her efforts to mend relationships with Republicans she had criticized before. The Hill also observed that Lake aimed for a more conciliatory tone with Republicans compared to her previous campaign in 2022.
Kari Lake, a former TV anchor, possesses a net worth of $10million USD.