The Nation’s Largest African American Video Oral History Collection Mobile search icon Mobile close search icon
Advanced Biography Search
Mobile navigation icon Close mobile navigation icon

Sharon Epperson

Share on Social Media

Information about Sharon Epperson

Profile image of Sharon Epperson

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red and Purple
Favorite Food:
Lasagna
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Islands
Favorite Quote:
To Give As Much As I Can Of My Time, Talent and Treasure To Others.

Birthplace

Born:
4/12/1968
Birth Location:
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red and Purple
Favorite Food:
Lasagna
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Islands
Favorite Quote:
To Give As Much As I Can Of My Time, Talent and Treasure To Others.

Birthplace

Born:
4/12/1968
Birth Location:
Pittsburgh
See how Sharon Epperson is related to other HistoryMakers

Biography

Journalist Sharon Emily Epperson was born on April 12, 1968 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her father, Dr. David E. Epperson, served as a dean at the University of Pittsburgh; her mother, Cecelia T. Epperson, was a schoolteacher in the Pittsburgh Public School System. Epperson graduated from Pittsburgh’s Taylor Allderdice High School in 1986. She launched her career as a reporter while a participant in the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation’s first high school journalism workshop during her sophomore year and later worked as an intern for three summers at her hometown paper “The Pittsburgh Press.” She went on to graduate with her bachelor's degree in sociology and government from Harvard University in 1990, and her Master of International Affairs degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in 1993. While in college, Epperson interned as a journalist with several prominent papers, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The Boston Globe.

From 1993 to 1996, Epperson worked as a correspondent for Time magazine, where she covered business, culture, social issues and health in the New York bureau. She was then hired by CNBC in 1996 as a correspondent in the business news division. Epperson was subsequently named CNBC’s senior commodities and personal finance correspondent. She reports on personal finance for CNBC and other NBCUniversal properties. She has also reported on global energy, metals and commodities markets from the floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange since 2005.

In 2000, Epperson was hired as an adjunct assistant professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University, where she teaches a course on professional development for graduate students interested in pursuing media careers.

In addition to reporting for CNBC, Epperson is a regular contributor on NBC's "Today" and Today.com and appears frequently on NBC Nightly News, MSNBC and NBC affiliates nationwide. She also reports for Public Television's "Nightly Business Report." Epperson has been featured in numerous publications, including USA Weekend, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Self, Essence, Ebony and Time magazine. She is the author of the 2007 book The Big Payoff: 8 Steps Couples Can Take to Make the Most of Their Money -- and Live Richly Ever After.

Epperson won the Alliance for Women in Media's 2014 Gracie Award for Outstanding Online Host for her "Financial Advisor Playbook" video series on CNBC.com, which was the second time she has been honored by this organization. In addition, she has received numerous other honors: the Vanguard Award from the National Urban League Guild, All-Star Award from the Association of Women in Communications, Trailblazer of the Year Award from the New York Association of Black Journalists, first place honors from the National Association of Black Journalists, and the Silver World Medal from the New York Festivals.

She and her husband, Christopher John Farley, also an award-winning journalist and author, live in Westchester County, New York, with their two children.

Sharon Epperson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on March 17, 2014.

See how Sharon Epperson is related to other HistoryMakers
Click Here To Explore The Archive Today!
  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Sharon Epperson's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Sharon Epperson lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Sharon Epperson talks about her mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Sharon Epperson talks about her mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Sharon Epperson talks about her father and his family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Sharon Epperson describes her parents' religious faith and practices
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Sharon Epperson tells the story of how her parents met and married
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Sharon Epperson talks about her family's dry cleaning business
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Sharon Epperson describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Sharon Epperson talks about her younger sister, Lia Epperson
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Sharon Epperson describes her integrated childhood neighborhood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Belmar Gardens
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Sharon Epperson reminisces about her family life as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Sharon Epperson describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood, pt.1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Sharon Epperson describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood, pt.2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Sharon Epperson talks about her love of school as young girl
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Sharon Epperson recalls her elementary school education and her mother's impact on her education
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Sharon Epperson talks about her relationship with her younger sister and family vacations as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Sharon Epperson talks about her father's role as the Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Sharon Epperson describes challenges her father faced as Dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Sharon Epperson talks about her father's lessons in self-reliance
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Sharon Epperson talks about her grade school years
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Sharon Epperson describes her interest in journalism at Taylor Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pt.1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Sharon Epperson describes her interest in journalism at Allderdice High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pt.2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Sharon Epperson describes her experience in an actuarial science summer program at Howard University in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Sharon Epperson describes her decision to attend Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Sharon Epperson talks about her early experience at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Sharon Epperson talks about her extracurricular activities at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Sharon Epperson talks about attending Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts with her sister
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Sharon Epperson describes her media internships while a student at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Sharon Epperson talks about her news internships at the Boston Globe and the Wall Street Journal's Pittsburgh office
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Sharon Epperson talks about working with Henry Hampton and Juan Williams on 'Eyes on the Prize'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Sharon Epperson talks about her upper middle class background
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Sharon Epperson talks about formative friendships at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Sharon Epperson describes her experience working at the American University in Cairo, Egypt
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Sharon Epperson talks about her graduate school experience at Columbia University in New York City, New York
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Sharon Epperson describes the beginning of her career at Time magazine in 1993
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Sharon Epperson describes her coverage of HistoryMaker Minister Louis Farrakhan while at Time magazine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Sharon Epperson describes changes in how African Americans were covered by Time magazine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Sharon Epperson talks about Janice Simpson, her mentor at Time magazine
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Sharon Epperson describes her start at CNBC
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Sharon Epperson talks about the beginning of her career at CNBC
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Sharon Epperson describes CNBC's beginnings and its changes over the years
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Sharon Epperson describes her first five years at CNBC, and her development as a television journalist
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Sharon Epperson describes reporting on economic downturns at CNBC
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Sharon Epperson talks about people she interviewed at CNBC
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Sharon Epperson describes the motivation behind her book, 'The Big Payoff'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Sharon Epperson describes the process of writing her book, 'The Big Payoff', pt.1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Sharon Epperson describes the process of writing her book, 'The Big Payoff', pt.2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Sharon Epperson talks about Pamela Thomas-Graham during her tenure as President and CEO of CNBC, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Sharon Epperson talks about Pamela Thomas-Graham during her tenure during her tenure as President and CEO of CNBC, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Sharon Epperson talks about why she stayed with CNBC
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Sharon Epperson reflects on her role at CNBC
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Sharon Epperson talks about her professional life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Sharon Epperson offers advice to aspiring journalists
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Sharon Epperson talks about her family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Sharon Epperson describes her hopes for her children
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Sharon Epperson describes her hopeful outlook on the future
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Sharon Epperson describes the current distribution of wealth in the United States
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Sharon Epperson talks about her generation's legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Sharon Epperson reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Sharon Epperson talks about what she would do differently
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Sharon Epperson talks about her history with Jack and Jill of America, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Sharon Epperson talks about her history with Jack and Jill of America, pt. 2