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Erin Isabelle Burnett (born July 2, 1976) is a business news anchor, reporter and interviewer for CNBCmarker television. She is the co-anchor of CNBCmarker's Squawk on the Street program and the host of CNBCmarker's Street Signs program. She also appears on NBC's Meet the Press, Today, MSNBC's Morning Joe and NBC Nightly News.

Personal life

Burnett was born and raised in Mardela Springs, Marylandmarker. She attended St. Andrew's Schoolmarker in Middletown, Delawaremarker, graduating in 1994. Burnett later attended Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusettsmarker.

At Williams College she studied political science and economics, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy. As an undergraduate, she played lacrosse and field hockey for the College.


Burnett began her career in 1998 as a financial 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.

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 adults 25-54 demographic. Erin also appears as a guest on Meet the Press and other NBC programs.

On May 24, 2009 she gave the commencement speech at her alma mater, St. Andrew's School.

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Controversial comments

During an August 10, 2007 appearance on the MSNBC program Hardball with Chris Matthews, Burnett, commented on the standards of Chinesemarker-made goods (see 2007 Chinese export recalls), and said the movement to recall potentially dangerous and toxic Chinese-made children's toys and other items could increase United States prices. Burnett's commentary was criticized by satirist Jon Stewart on the August 16 edition of The Daily Show.

On August 5, 2009 Burnett reported on the Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's plans to spend millions of dollars on aerial shooting to cull Australian feral camels in the outback. Her comments, included a refernce to Rudd as a "serial killer", were reported by the Australian media and other international news services. Burnett stated on an August 6th show that she was making a joke.


  1. CNBC's Erin Burnett ’94 delivers Commencement address

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