All about Jessica Tarlov – “The Five” Co-Host and Political Commentator

By | April 20, 2024

Jessica Tarlov is an established and respected political strategist and commentator. She is also the Vice President of "Research and Consumer Insights" for Bustle Digital Group (BDG) and a co-host at "The Five" on Fox News Channel (FNC).

Jessica Tarlov is an American political consultant

Jessica Tarlov is an American political consultant

Early Life & Education

Jessica Tarlov was born on March 9, 1984, in Manhattan, New York. Her parents are Mark Tarlov and Judith Roberts. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from Bryn Mawr College in 2006.

Right after college, Jessica went to the London School of Economics and Political Science and obtained a Master of Science in Public Policy and Administration and a Master of Research Degree in Political Science. In 2008, she began to work as a research assistant for Douglas Schoen, a political analyst.

Thereafter, she went on to pursue further studies and earned a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science and Government in 2012 before returning to work as a political strategist under Douglas.


Jessica is notably known for her work with Fox News. She has created a significant presence in American media since her first appearance in 2014. She's often seen contributing her insights from a liberal perspective and has featured on multiple programs.

Since 2017, she has been one of the rotating liberal party personalities on 'The Five' from the Fox News Channel (FNC). She is a registered Democrat and the political party's strong voice on FNC.

Jessica Tarlov, co-host at The Five on the Fox News Channel

Jessica Tarlov, co-host at The Five on the Fox News Channel

Apart from Fox, she currently works at Bustle Digital Group (BDG). However, before joining BDG in 2017, she was a senior strategist for over five years at Schoen Consulting.

During that time, she advised domestic and international clients on messaging strategies and worked as a Democratic pollster. Starting in 2023, Jessica has worked as the Senior Vice President of Research and Consumer Insights at BDG. Along with her team, she offers valuable research into factors influencing consumer opinions, brand consideration, and purchase behavior.

During the 2016 election, she was one of the loudest supporters of Hillary Clinton, who was an American senator and the secretary of state. Her book 'America in the Age of Trump: A Bipartisan Guide,' was published in July 2017. She co-authored it with Douglas E. Schoen, an American lawyer, political analyst, lobbyist, and commentator.

In 2019, responding to model Chrissy Teigen's criticism, Jessica said that Ivanka Trump wasn't a feminist.

One of the subjects of public comment and criticism is Jessica Tarlov's voice, explicitly described as grating, whiny, and unendurable. Other fans of The Five are also dissatisfied with Jessica's contribution to the show and find her perspective and presentation annoying. Some social media users and viewers have been calling for her removal from the show because of her voice and opinions.

She is also known for various TV Series, including Cashin' In (2006), Mornings with Maria Bartiromo (2014), and Making Money with Charles Payne (2014).

Personal Life

Jessica's father, Mark Tarlov, was a Hollywood Producer who passed away in July 2021 after battling with cancer. Her sister, Molly Tarlov, an actress, is married to actor Alexander Noyes.

Jessica got married to Roman Kuznetsov in 2014. However, their marriage ended in 2019, after which Jessica began dating her next-door neighbor, Brian McKenna. They continued dating during the pandemic and announced their engagement in April 2021. They tied the knot soon after, in June 2021.

Jessica Tarlov with husband and daughter

Jessica Tarlov with husband and daughter

Jessica and Brian welcomed their first daughter, Cleo Markie McKenna, in December 2021. They were blessed with their second daughter, Teddy Tarlov Mckenna, in April 2024.

Jessica Tarlov welcomes second daughter with husband, Brian

Jessica Tarlov welcomes second daughter with husband, Brian

Jessica is quite tall and stands at 5'11" or 1.80 meters. She doesn't have an Instagram profile but is active on Twitter. She shares personal updates occasionally but writes about her perspective on current events and issues and engages with others by replying to or reposting their tweets about her.

Jessica's career is a mix of political analysis, media appearances, and strategic consulting. According to All American Speakers, Jessica's salary per live event or booking fee ranges between $50,000-$100,000.

Reports also suggest that her annual earnings are more than $500,000, and her net worth in 2024 is estimated to be around $3.5 to $4 million.

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