Erin Burnett

Erin Burnett

Infobox journalist
name = Erin Isabelle Burnett

caption = Erin Burnett, 2008-03-17
birthname =
birth_date = 1976
birth_place = Mardela Springs, Maryland, U.S.
death_date =
death_place =
occupation = News Anchor, Journalist
alias = "Maria 2.0", "Street Sweetie", "International Superstar"
gender = Female
status =
title = CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" co-anchor and "Street Signs" anchor
family =
spouse =
children =
relatives =
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agent = CAA

Erin Isabelle Burnettcite book
title="Griffin 1994"
publisher=St. Andrew's School
] is a business news anchor, reporter and interviewer for CNBC television. She is the co-anchor of CNBC's "Squawk on the Street" program, weekdays from 9-11am EST. She and co-host Mark Haines broadcast from a set overlooking the New York Stock Exchange. In addition to "Squawk on the Street", she is the host of CNBC's "Street Signs" program from 2-3pm EST.

Personal life

Burnett was born and raised in Mardela, Maryland, which is on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She attended St. Andrew's School in Middletown, Delaware, graduating in 1994; her yearbook predicted that "in 20 years..." she would be a "talk show host". Burnett would later attend Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, the same college her two older sisters had attended. cite news
last = Palmer
first = Caroline
title = Fifth Estater: CNBC's Erin Burnett
publisher = Broadcasting & Cable
date = 2007-06-04
url =
accessdate = 2007-07-24
] cite news
last = Kurtz
first = Howard
title = Looking Good at CNBC (Pretty, Too)
publisher = Washington Post
date = 2007-08-26
url =
accessdate = 2007-07-24

While at Williams College, she studied political science and economics and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy. As an undergrad, she also excelled in both varsity lacrosse and field hockey, where she earned second-team all conference honors.


Burnett began her career in 1998 as an analyst for Goldman Sachs in their investment banking division, where she worked on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance.

While working as an investment-banking analyst, Burnett was offered a position at CNN as a writer and booker for CNN's "Moneyline" with Stuart Varney, Willow Bay, and Lou Dobbs.

From CNN, she moved to Citigroup, where she served as Vice President for Citigroup/CitiMedia, and was responsible for all anchoring of the Citigroup online financial news network. cite news
title = Erin Burnett's Biography on
publisher = CNBC
date = 2006-07-01
url =
accessdate = 2007-07-17

Burnett accepted a position in 2003 with Bloomberg Television, where she was the anchor of "Bloomberg on the Markets", covering the stock market open and newsmaker interviews, and "In Focus", where she broke down the day's top business story.

Burnett is currently the host of CNBC's "Street Signs" and co-anchor of "Squawk on the Street". Since making her debut on "Squawk" in December 2005, the program's ratings are up 142% over first quarter 2006 in adults 25-54; while Street Signs is up 57% in the same demographic. cite news
title = Erin Burnett Is CNBC's Secret Weapon
publisher = The Huffington Post
date = 2007-06-04
url =
accessdate = 2007-07-24

Host shows

*"Street Signs" (2005-present)
*"Squawk on the Street" (2005-present)
*"Bloomberg on the Markets" (2003-2005)

Popular culture

In June 2007, Burnett won an online poll of the "hottest" financial news anchors on Wall Street gossip blog, receiving 37 percent of the votes while rival CNBC anchor Becky Quick came in second with 22 percent.cite news
title = CNBC Makes Amends for ‘McEnroe Show’ With Hot Girl
publisher = Deal Breaker
date = 2007-06-04
url =
accessdate = 2007-07-24
] cite news
title = Burnett is CNBC's No.1 Squawk
publisher = New York Post
date = 2007-07-15
url =
accessdate = 2007-07-24


Chinese exports commentary

During an August 10, 2007 appearance on the MSNBC program "Hardball with Chris Matthews", Burnett commented on the standard of Chinese-made goods (see 2007 Chinese export recalls):blockquote|I think people should be careful what they wish for on China. You know, if China were to revalue its currency or China is to start making, say, toys that don't have lead in them or food that isn't poisonous, their costs of production are going to go up, and that means prices at Wal-Mart here in the United States are going to go up, too. So I would say China is our greatest friend right now. They're keeping prices low and they're keeping prices for mortgages low, too.cite news
title = 'Hardball: Transcript for August 10'
publisher = MSNBC
date = 2007-08-10
url =
accessdate = 2007-08-14
Burnett's commentary was criticized by satirist Jon Stewart on the August 16 edition of "The Daily Show".cite news
title = 'Daily Show: Great Recall of China'
publisher = Comedy Central
date = 2007-08-16
url =
accessdate = 2007-08-20
] The following day, Burnett revisited her remarks during another appearance on "Hardball":

blockquote|You know, this follows what you and I were talking about. It has happened to Mattel a couple of times. Toys made in China, there are some safety questions, all right? That's the fact.

And you and I were talking about—this is what people got upset about. I had said that, look, if people want to start making toys, and, by an extension, a lot of other things guaranteed to be safe, and make them in China, then the costs of production are going to go up in China, and that means prices at Wal-Mart may go up, too.

China has kept prices low in this country. And that's why I called China our friend the other night on "Hardball". But, you know, Chris, nobody wants children to play with toys that are not safe. Nobody wants that. I don't want that. You don't want that. But safety and quality come with a price.cite news
title = 'Hardball: Transcript for August 17'
publisher = MSNBC
date = 2007-08-17
url =
accessdate = 2007-08-22

Bush remarks

On a November 26, 2007, appearance on the MSNBC program "Morning Joe", Burnett commented on French President Nicolas Sarkozy's visit to China. After file footage of Sarkozy and George W. Bush was shown, Burnett appeared to refer to Bush as a "monkey" and, after a bemused reaction from show host Joe Scarborough, the "monkey in the middle".cite news
title = Erin Burnett Calls Bush AND Angela Merkel a 'Monkey' on Morning Joe
publisher = NewsBusters
date = 2007-11-30
url =
accessdate = 2007-11-30
] Several weblogs, including the conservative Media Research Center's NewsBusters, criticized Burnett for the remarks. During an appearance on "Hardball with Chris Matthews" the following Friday, Burnett apologized for her comments, characterizing them as "a bad attempt at humor" and stating that she had "the utmost respect for the President". [cite news
title = Erin Burnett Apologizes, Wishes Bush a Great Weekend
publisher = TV Newser
date = 2007-11-30
url =
accessdate = 2007-12-02


* When asked if she had always wanted to be a television journalist, Burnett said, "I wish I could say I was one of those people that grew up wanting to be Jane Pauley, but we only had three channels. There was no cable, no satellite; there wasn’t even an NBC affiliate in my town. I remember having a big crush on Dan Rather though, and I remember watching the "MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour"; but no I didn’t want to be a television journalist."

* When asked about being considered the next-generation Maria Bartiromo, Burnett said, "People always like to have rivalries. She and I get along, but we have different styles. I don’t know if the comparison is flattering [to either one of us] ."cite news
title = Maria Bartiromo 2.0
publisher = Condé Nast Portfolio
date = 2007-07-10
url =
accessdate = 2007-08-22

* In a short feature she wrote for "Men's Health" magazine, "8 Ways To Impress Me," Burnett indicated her fondness for yoga, travel, and receiving expensive gifts, adding: "Family is important to me, so round-trip business-class tickets to Australia and New Zealand for my parents would earn you big points in my book." [cite news
title = 8 Ways To Impress Me
publisher = Men's Health
date = 2008-01-03
url =
accessdate = 2008-01-015


External links

* [ Erin Burnett] biography at CNBC
*imdb name|id=2574553|name=Erin Burnett
* [ "Squawk on the Street"] official website at CNBC
* [ "Street Signs"] official website at CNBC

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