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Sharon Epperson

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.

Accession Number

A2014.062

Sex

Female

Interview Date

3/17/2014

Last Name

Epperson

Maker Category
Marital Status

Married

Middle Name

Emily

Occupation
Schools

Taylor Allderdice High School

Harvard University

Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

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First Name

Sharon

Birth City, State, Country

Pittsburgh

HM ID

EPP04

Favorite Season

Spring

State

Pennsylvania

Favorite Vacation Destination

Islands

Favorite Quote

To Give As Much As I Can Of My Time, Talent and Treasure To Others.

Bio Photo
Speakers Bureau Region State

New York

Birth Date

4/12/1968

Birth Place Term
Speakers Bureau Region City

New York

Country

United States

Favorite Food

Lasagna

Short Description

Journalist Sharon Epperson (1968 - ) is CNBC’s senior commodities and personal finance correspondent. She is the author of The Big Payoff: 8 Steps Couples Can Take to Make the Most of Their Money and Live Richly Ever After.

Employment

Pittsburgh Press

Wall Street Journal

Boston Globe

Blackside Productions

WCVB-Boston

Washington Post

American University in Cairo

Time Magazine

CNBC

Favorite Color

Red and Purple

DAStories

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