Erin Burnett

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Erin Burnett (born as Erin Isabelle Burnett on March 17, 1976) is a television news anchor on CNBC's Street Signs and co-anchors CNBC's Squawk on the Street. Burnett anchors business news, handles news reporting and conducts interviews with businessmen and women as well as economists. She also appears regularly on NBC's Today and Nightly News with Brian Williams and is a contributor on MSNBC's Morning Joe.[1] Burnett also worked at CNN as a writer for CNN's Moneyline. She began her career at Goldman, Sachs & Co. as an investment banking analyst focused on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. Burnett holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy from Williams College in Williamstown, MA.[2]

Early career

Erin Burnett left CNN to join Citigroup as Vice President of Citigroup/CitiMedia, where she streamlined their online financial network. Burnett then moved to Bloomberg Television in 2003 and anchored Bloomberg on the Markets, covering top business stories and on the stock market.[2]

In November 2005, NBC's Chief Executive Bob Wright noticed Erin Burnett during a Bloomberg interview she had with Charlie Rose of PBS. Impressed by her work, Wright soon notified the CNBC President about her, and on December 1, 2005, he then hired Burnett and she joined CNBC.[2]

Street Signs

Erin Burnett covers the top stories of the day live from CNBC's news headquarters. Burnett offers detailed analysis of everything from mergers and acquisitions to trends in on-line advertising. Street Signs is also home to two of CNBC's best-known reporters; Jim Cramer's "Stop Trading" segment airs live during the later half of the show.[3]

Squawk on the Street

Mark Haines and Erin Burnett anchor the early morning show, "Squawk on the Street." The show gives viewers all the up-to-the minute news from every major market around the world. The show also reports the headlines of the day, as well interviews stock market guests on the air to provide the instant analysis of all the market moving news.[4]

Notable interviews

  • On August 3, 2007, during the Street Signs segment "Stop Trading!", Erin Burnett interviewed Jim Cramer, where he made a passionate plea to Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to consider cutting interest rates.[5]
  • During an interview with Rush Limbaugh, Erin Burnett said this of his "Bipartisan Stimulus Plan," "A lot of people saying your bipartisanship here, this plan makes some sense [...] there's some things in this plan that make a lot of sense, that corporate tax cut."[6] Rush Limbaugh has commonly referred to Erin Burnett as the "Street Sweetie."[7]


  1. Erin Burnett biography, CNBC.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2
  3. Street Signs,
  4. Squawk on the Street,
  5. Cramer: Bernanke, Wake Up, Street Signs,, August 3, 2007.
  6. Rush Limbaugh. Rush Discusses His Bipartisan Stimulus Plan on CNBC,, January 29, 2009.
  7. Rush Limbaugh. The Street Sweetie Is Listening,, May 28, 2008.