erin burnett has been at CNN for a decade and has helped define the network’s 7 p.m. timeslot with Erin Burnett OutFront. Throughout her career, she has kept the focus on news and information. While her competitors have leaned into opinion, Burnett has stuck to hard news and smart interviews.
Burnett grew up in Mardela Springs, Maryland, and has Irish, Scottish, and English ancestry. After college, she worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and as a reporter for the CNBC news program Moneyline before moving over to CNN in 2011 to host her own show.
She’s anchored from all sorts of places, including the border of Mali and Afghanistan, the site of a deadly attack in Nigeria, and inside the harrowing Russian-backed siege on eastern Ukraine. Her documentary work has also taken her to India, Russia, and Iraq. She has anchored live events from the White House and interviewed politicians and heads of state, as well as covering the global coronavirus pandemic.
Burnett doesn’t lean into the opinion space as much as some other cable news hosts, but that doesn’t mean she’s not a part of the conversation. Whether she’s calling out “bullshit” from hosts like Fox News and Republican leaders pushing anti-vaccine messages or grilling Biden’s communications director about the Trump administration’s relationship with Saudi Arabia, Burnett is not afraid to speak her mind. She has been a steady presence for the network and its viewers.