2017 50 Most Beautiful

Athena Jones
Athena Jones
Hometown: 
Houston
Age: 
41
Relationship Status: 
Single
Party Affiliation: 
Unaffiliated

As a high school and college sprinter, Athena Jones routinely dashed from place to place. Now, Jones, one of CNN's White House correspondents, is chasing news at a pace even she admits can be turbo-charged.

“You can never really rest,” Jones exclaims, when asked what she loves about her gig.

ADVERTISEMENT

She’s on the move even when she’s off the clock, running and spinning several times a week. But Jones has an energy-boosting trick.

“I don’t drink a lot of coffee. I try to hold off on drinking caffeine daily, so it’ll have more impact when I really need it. That’s my secret.”

Another key to her success? Going to a California boarding school.

“It was an environment that I thrived in — very competitive but also very supportive,” she says.

“It probably prepared me for college and for Washington,” she adds, laughing, “Although Washington is more competitive than supportive.”

— Judy Kurtz