Jan Crawford Greenburg is an ABC News Legal Correspondent based in Washington, DC, covering the Supreme Court and national legal issues. She provides legal analysis for all ABC News platforms.
Ms. Greenburg has secured recent interviews with five of the Court's nine justices. In his first network television interview, Chief Justice John Roberts discussed the Court and his life since he became Chief Justice. Ms. Greenburg sat down with 86-year-old Justice John Paul Stevens for his first-ever television interview to discuss the man who appointed him to the Supreme Court in 1975, former President Gerald R. Ford. Ms. Greenburg interviewed Justice Clarence Thomas about his life, his bitter confirmation hearings and his views on the law. She also sat down with Justices Stephen Breyer and Antonin Scalia for a conversation about their respective legal approaches.
Ms. Greenburg's book on the Supreme Court, Supreme Conflict: The Inside Story of the Struggle for Control of the United States Supreme Court, was published in January 2007 by Penguin Press and became an instant New York Times bestseller. The book is a penetrating and unvarnished look at the making of the current Court and a newsbreaking account of the coordinated campaign to move the Court in a more conservative direction. The Los Angeles Times said the book was an “absolute must-read for anyone interested in the Court” and provided the “richest and most impressive journalistic look at the panel since [Bob] Woodward co-wrote The Brethren in 1979.” The New York Times said it was a “fascinating look at dynamics within the Court, showing how personalities and ideology can affect alliances and debates.” The Wall Street Journal said the book was “by far the most fair-minded portrait of the Supreme Court in a long time.”
Prior to joining ABC, Ms. Greenburg was the national legal affairs reporter for the Chicago Tribune, the Supreme Court correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS, and a legal analyst for CBS's Evening News and Face the Nation. She covered the Supreme Court and national legal issues, including judicial appointments and confirmation battles.
She began covering the Supreme Court for the Chicago Tribune in 1994. She became The NewsHour's Supreme Court analyst in 1998, where she provided live, gavel-to-gavel coverage on PBS of the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito. Her exclusive reports and inside accounts of those nominations received wide acclaim. In addition to her work on The NewsHour and CBS, she has provided commentary on a variety of legal issues for other network and cable news programs.
Ms. Greenburg joined the Tribune in 1987, and began covering legal affairs in 1993 after her graduation from the University of Chicago Law School. She won the Tribune's top reporting award in 2001, as part of a team of reporters who covered the 2000 presidential election and the subsequent legal battles over the White House. In 1996 she returned to Alabama, where she grew up on a cattle farm, to report and write a 13-part series on the South a generation after the civil rights movement. Again, Ms. Greenburg won the Tribune's top reporting award for her work.
A graduate of the University of Alabama in 1987, Ms. Greenburg has taught journalism at American University and frequently speaks about the Court to universities, law schools, legal organizations, and civic groups across the country. She is a member of the New York bar, and is married to Douglas Greenburg, a Chicago native and attorney. They have four children and live in Washington, DC.