Nicolle Wallace: Bio, marriage, career, and net worth

Who is Nicolle Wallace?

Nicolle Wallace, also known as Nicolle Devenish, is an American political commentator, novelist, and best-selling author.

Her political knowledge, tremendous articulation skills, and years of experience have established Nicolle Wallace as one of the most renowned and respected journalists of all time.

Currently, Nicolle Wallace is the host of the show Deadline: White House on MSNBC and serves as a political analyst on NBC.

Nicolle Wallace bio, relationships, career and net worth
Nicolle Wallace Biography

Quick facts

Full nameNicolle Wallace
Also known asNicolle Devenish
Birthday4th February 1972
Age51 years old
Sun signAquarius
TraitsPositive: Imaginative, Altruistic, Friendly, and Ambitious
Negative: Rebellious, Absent-minded, and Impatient
BirthplaceOrange County, California, USA
Height5 feet 6 inches
Weight65 kg
CollegeThe University of California Berkeley and Northwestern University
Marital statusDivorced
SpouseMark Wallace (Ex-husband)
Michael S Schmidt (Boyfriend)
ChildrenLiam Wallace (son)
ProfessionJournalist, Political Analyst, Novelist
Net worthUSD 3 million

Nicolle Wallace birthday

Nicolle Wallace was born on 4th February 1972. She was born in Orange County, California, USA. Currently, she is 51 years old.

Early Life and Parents

Although Nicolle was born in Orange County, she grew up in the Bay Area of Orinda in California. Her birth name is Nicolle Devenish.

Though her parents’ names are unknown, it has been revealed that her mother worked as a 3rd-grade teacher’s assistant in a public school. Her father worked as an antique dealer.

Nicolle’s family was involved in the antique business for a very long time. Her grandfather owned his company called Devendish and Company which conducted the antique business in Manhattan, New York.

Nicole has three siblings. Her younger sisters are Courtney Devenish and Ashley Devenish. The details about her other sibling’s name and occupation are currently unavailable. Nicolle is the eldest child of her parents.

Educational background

Because Nicolle is one of the most notable journalists that we have today, it would not surprise many that she is very well-educated. The NBC political analyst gained her early education from Miramore High School and graduated as a part of the class of 1990.

She gained her Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from the University of California Berkeley in 1994. Similarly, she graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University in 1996 with her Master’s degree.

Relationships and dating history

Nicolle has not divulged many details regarding her past boyfriends and dating history. However, in 2005, she announced her marriage to American diplomat Mark Wallace. Their wedding was held in a private ceremony in the presence of close friends and family members.

Nicolle Wallace with ex-husband Mark Wallace
Nicolle Wallace with ex-husband Mark Wallace

Like his wife, Mark too performed various roles during the Bush administration. When Mark and Nicolle got married, Mark worked as the US Ambassador to United Nations for Management and Reform. In his later career, he served as the CEO of United Against Nuclear Iran and the Counter Extremism Project. Nicolle and Mark got divorced in 2015.

Some years following her divorce, Nicole started dating New York Times journalist Michael S Schmidt. Speculations about their relationship surfaced after Schmidt and Wallace were seen together at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas.

Schmidt is a prominent journalist in the field of national security and federal law enforcement reporting. He also won a Pulitzer Prize for his story on the sexual harassment allegations on Bill O’Reilly. Michael is also a frequent contributor for MSNBC and NBC News.

Nicolle Wallace children

Seven years after her marriage to Mark Wallace, Nicolle gave birth to a baby boy named Liam Wallace. Liam was born in the year 2012.

Nicolle Wallace career

Early career

After graduating, Nicolle focused on gaining hands-on experience as a journalist and got heavily involved in the Californian political arena. Initially, she worked as an on-air reporter in California.

After this, Nicolle served as a Press Secretary for Governor Jeb Bush. She also became the Communications Director for the Florida State Technology Office in 2000. Moreover, Wallace was a part of the Florida election recount.

Political career

One of Nicolle’s most significant career achievements is her job as the White House Communication director for President George W Bush. Before this, Wallace served as the special assistant to Bush and directed the media affairs at the White House. She actively participated in Bush’s 2004 presidential campaign as a communication director.

Due to her relocation to New York and her husband, Nicolle had to resign from her position in 2005. Despite this, she did not stay away from the political scenario for too long. In 2008, Wallace performed the duties of the senior advisor for the McCain-Palin campaign. She was one of the top spokespersons and defenders of the campaign.

Television career

Wallace’s television career started when she joined The View as a co-host on 3rd September 2014. Nevertheless, her portion on the show was not able to receive good ratings, due to which she had to leave the show in 2015. After her short stint on The View, Nicolle Wallace joined Morning Joe and The 11 Hour with Brian Williams on MSNBC as a contributor and guest host.

Former GOP aide Nicolle Wallace lighting it up for MSNBC news
Former GOP aide Nicolle Wallace lighting it up for MSNBC news

Presently, Wallace serves as a senior political analyst for NBC News. She makes frequent appearances on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and NBC News Today. Likewise, Wallace is the host on MSNBC’s Deadline: White House.

Work as an Author

Nicolle Wallace is a best-selling author and has written successful books such as Eighteen Acres, Madam President: A Novel, and It’s Classified: A Novel.

Political views

Even though Nicole previously worked as a Communications Director under Republican president George W Bush, she is no longer a practicing republican. In March 2021, Wallace described herself as a “self-loathing former Republican.”

“If I had any capacity for sympathy for my old party, it would be so sad; it would be embarrassing. But I don’t. I’m still a registered Republican because I can barely renew my driver’s license, let alone go down and re-register. But I’m not a practicing Republican”, she further added. Additionally, along with her ex-husband, Nicolle publicly supported same-sex marriage in February 2013.

Nicolle Wallace and Donald Trump

Following Nicolle’s “former republican” claims, she has been vocal about her anti-Trump stand. During a panel discussion on MSNBC, Wallace said,

“Having once been a member of the Republican Party, the right isn’t running an intellectually legitimate operation to get to the bottom of whether Tara Reade was victimized. The right is running a smear campaign against Joe Biden”.

Trump responded to Wallace’s statements on Twitter. He tweeted,

“She was thrown off The View like a dog, Zero T.V. Personas. Now Wallace is a 3rd rate lapdog for Fake News MSDNC (Concast). Doesn’t have what it takes!”

Nicolle Wallace and Sarah Paulson

In the 2012 HBO political drama Game Change, which was based on the 2008 United States presidential election campaign of John McCain, Wallace was portrayed by Sarah Paulson.

Nicolle Wallace and Sarah Paulson
Nicolle Wallace and Sarah Paulson

Nicolle appreciated the film as well as Paulson’s performance, stating the film was highly credible and that it “captured the spirit and emotion of the campaign.

Furthermore, in an interview with George Stephanopoulos, Wallace stated that the film was “true enough to make me squirm.”


It is not uncommon for people involved in the political field to be wrapped up in several scandals and controversies. Hence, Nicolle Wallace has had her fair share of controversies as well.

In October 2008, vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin became the center of several criticisms. There were reports about an anonymous aide hinting that Palin had “gone rogue.”

Similarly, there were accusations against Palin that she placed her future political interests ahead of the ticket, contradicted her running mate’s positions, and disobeyed the campaign managers.

It was assumed that this anonymous aide was Nicolle Wallace. Wallace issued a statement and mentioned,

“If people want to throw me under the bus, my personal belief is that the most honorable thing to do is to lie there.”

Net worth, income source, and salary

Considering her powerful presence in TV and politics, this accomplished journalist has an impressive net worth. Her estimated net worth is approximately USD 3 million.

Nicolle Wallace
Nicolle Wallace Photo

She mainly derives her income from her job as a TV host and a political analyst.

In addition, she also derives a good deal of revenue from her published work. As of now, information about her annual salary is still not available.

Social Media Presence

Nicolle Wallace Twitter

On Twitter, Nicolle is active under the username “NicolleDWallace.” She has 1.1 million followers, and she follows 1,884 other accounts. She joined the social networking site in October 2012.


Wallace’s Facebook page has over 90,000 followers. She mainly uses Facebook to update her fans regarding her writing endeavors and accomplishments.

Nicolle Wallace Instagram

Despite her active presence on Twitter and Facebook, Nicolle does not have an Instagram account as of the present.

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