Krystal Ball Biography
Krystal Ball is an American journalist, and politician, businesswoman, and certified public accountant. She is also a news talk anchor on The Hill’s news program Rising with the Hill’s Krystal Ball and Saagar Enjeti.
Ball previously hosted MSNBC’s afternoon news/talk show The Cycle for the duration of the show’s run from June 2012 to July 2015.
She was also the Democratic Party nominee for Congress in Virginia’s 1st congressional district in the 2010 election. Ball attended King George High School and then he attended Clemson University for a year before transferring to the University of Virginia, where she received a bachelor’s degree in economics.
Ball is a business owner and previously was a certified public accountant prior to her license expiring in 2013. She previously worked for the federal contractor CGI Group. Krystal traveled to Louisiana to assist in the courts’ efforts to recover after Hurricane Katrina.
Ball launched a website calling for a boycott of advertisers on the Rush Limbaugh Show after Limbaugh’s comments about Sandra Fluke. This boycott attempted to get almost 100 advertisers to drop the show but eventually, the boycott died out.
Krystal Ball Age
She was born Krystal Marie Ball on 24 November 1981 in King George County, Virginia, U.S. She is 37 years old as of 2019.
Krystal Ball Family
Ball was born to Edward and Rose Marie Ball, a physicist and a teacher, respectively. Her name Krystal came from her father, a physicist who did his dissertation on crystals.
Krystal Ball Husband
She is married to Jonathan Dariyanani and together the couple has three children.
Krystal Ball Politics
Krystal ran to represent Virginia’s 1st congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2010 and was defeated by Republican incumbent Rob Wittman. Despite her being defeated by a margin of 63.90% to 34.76%, the former candidate was named by Forbes Magazine as number 21 on the magazine’s “The Top 25 Most Powerful Women Of The Midterm Elections”.
She supported education reform, including charter schools, using technology, alternative certification of teachers, and paying teachers six-figure salaries during the campaign. Ball also called for a lifetime ban on lobbying by former members of Congress. Also banning lobbyist gifts, increasing disclosure, and establishing a new Independent Ethics Commission to investigate and audit influence by special interests.
Of her total funding, 72% was from out-of-state donors.
Krystal Ball PAC
She created the People’s House Project, a political action committee (PAC) working on behalf of Democratic causes in May 2017. McClatchy reported in May 2018,
thus far, nobody has benefited more financially from the group than Ball herself. Of the $445,000 Ball raised for the group, she paid herself more than a third of that—$174,000—in salary, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission. The majority of her salary—$104,000—came in the first three months of this year alone. That’s nearly eight times more than the nearly $22,000 the PHP has used to support its dozen endorsed candidates, some of whom have received just a single $1,000 contribution.
Ball responded to McClatchy’s reporting, saying that her salary ought to be $180,000 annually, but that because the PAC receives money in fits and starts. Ball explained that she had paid herself a large sum in the first months of 2018 as backpay for what she should have earned in 2017.
She further explained the basis for her payments and the services the PAC provided to progressive House Congressional candidates in an interview on TYT Investigates.
Krystal Ball Television
She has made several appearances as a political commentator and Democratic strategist on television news channels, including Fox News, CNN, CNBC. Ball is also a contributor under contract for MSNBC. She serves as a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.
She became one of four co-hosts on a new MSNBC show, The Cycle, with Touré, Steve Kornacki, and S.E. Cupp. The show replaced the Dylan Ratigan show in 2012, where Ball had been a regular guest on a panel of political pundits. It was later announced during the July 31, 2015 taping that The Cycle has been canceled, as NBC revamped its weekday afternoon programming.
Krystal Ball The Hill | Krystal Ball Show
In 2008, She began hosting a new show called Rising at The Hill along with conservative radio talk show host Buck Sexton. Sexton was later replaced by Saagar Enjeti.
Krystal Ball Salary
In a 2018 report, Ball stated that she ought to be paid $180,000 annually in her political action committee.
Krystal Ball Net Worth
The anchor’s net worth is not yet disclosed to the public.