Erin Burnett

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Erin Burnett
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Burnett outside of Bear Stearns's midtown Manhattan office on March 17, 2008.
Born Erin Isabelle Burnett[1]
(1976-07-02) July 2, 1976 (age 38)
Mardela Springs, Maryland, U.S.
Alma mater Williams College
Occupation News anchor
Years active 2003–present
Agent CAA
Height 5'6"
Religion Roman Catholic[2]
Spouse(s) David Rubulotta (m. 2012)
Children 1

Erin Isabelle Burnett (born July 2, 1976) is an American news anchor, currently the anchor of her own news show on CNN, Erin Burnett OutFront.[3] She was previously the co-anchor of CNBC's Squawk on the Street program and the host of CNBC's Street Signs program. Burnett has also appeared on NBC's Meet the Press, Today, MSNBC's Morning Joe, and NBC Nightly News as well as making occasional appearances on The Celebrity Apprentice, serving as an advisor to Donald Trump. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.[4]

Burnett has hosted Erin Burnett OutFront live from the border of Mali, Afghanistan, Rwanda, the United Arab Emirates and Israel. She’s also reported from China and Pakistan for the program.

While working at NBC, Joe Scarborough dubbed Burnett "The International Superstar"[5] for her work on a number of documentaries filmed outside of the United States. Her reporting and documentaries were filmed inside Libya, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, and India.

In her career, she has focused extensively on reporting in the Middle East and has filed reports from Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Palestinian Territories, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen, in addition to Pakistan.

Early life and education[edit]

Burnett was born and raised in Mardela Springs, Maryland. She is the youngest daughter of Esther Margaret (née Stewart) and Kenneth King Burnett, a corporate attorney.[6][7] She attended St. Andrew's School in Middletown, Delaware, graduating in 1994,[1] and returned in 2009 to deliver the commencement speech.[8][9] Burnett attended Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where she studied political science and economics, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political economy. As an undergraduate, she played lacrosse and field hockey.[10][11]


Burnett began her career as a financial analyst for Goldman Sachs[12] 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.[13] She left the position to serve as vice president of Citigroup's digital media group, CitiMedia.[14][15][16]

Burnett in December 2012, interviewing U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta in Afghanistan.

Following Citigroup, Burnett joined Bloomberg Television as Stocks Editor and anchor.[16] From 2005 to 2011 Burnett was the host of CNBC's Street Signs and co-anchor of Squawk on the Street with Mark Haines.[17] On May 6, 2011, she left CNBC after over five years.[18] On October 3, 2011, Burnett returned to CNN as the anchor of a New York-based prime-time news program called Erin Burnett OutFront.[19][20]

Hosted programs[edit]


  • City of Money & Mystery (2008)
  • India Rising: The New Empire (2008)[21]
  • The Russian Gamble (2008)
  • Dollars & Danger: Africa, The Final Investment Frontier (2009)[22]
  • On Assignment: Iraq (2010)
  • Big Money in the Middle East (2010)



In August 5, 2009, Burnett used the term "serial killer" in a discussion with her host Jim Cramer regarding a report about the Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's plans to spend millions of dollars on aerial shooting to cull Australian feral camels in the outback. Cramer referred to the reported plan as "camelcide."[23][24][25] The next day on the show, Burnett said her comment was meant as a joke.[26]

On December 7, 2010, Burnett did an investigative report on chemical giant Transammonia[27] doing business in Iran. She reported that a Transammonia subsidiary—100% owned by Transammonia in the United States—purchased ammonia from Iran. On December 13, 2010, as a result of the CNBC report, Transammonia sent a press release to congressional leaders stating that Transammonia's Swiss subsidiary would not enter into new contracts with Iranian companies and would wind down its business with Iran "as soon as possible."[28] The following year, the investigative report was nominated for an Emmy.[29]

Shortly after arriving at CNN, on October 4, 2011, Burnett did a segment on the Occupy Wall Street protests titled "Seriously?" in which she mocked the protesters. Media watchdog groups, including Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, claimed Burnett's reporting was purposely inaccurate in order to paint the protesters in a negative light. In response to the criticism, CNN issued a statement saying, "We support Erin and the OutFront team and we respect that there will be a range of opinions on any given story."[30]

According to Glenn Greenwald, the media has been handicapped in a similar way. He asserts that the media has been transformed from being public watchdogs to serving those in power. They lead the way in demanding there be no accountability or investigations. Their portrayal of protesters reflects this. “If you look at, say, a host on MSNBC, what you’re actually seeing is a very high ranking employee of what was General Electric and now is Comcast, who makes many millions of dollars a year…Why is the son (NYT’s Bill Keller) of the CEO of Chevron and the fiancé (CNN’s Erin Burnett) of the second highest ranking executive at Citigroup scornful of Wall Street protesters? It’s because this is who our media class is; they are integrated fully into the political class.” He continues to say, “Of course, if you are a high ranking employee of major corporations making millions of dollars a year, things like mass joblessness and homelessness and foreclosures is not something that’s in your personal range of experience.”[31]

Personal life[edit]

Burnett met finance executive David Rubulotta on a blind date in 2003. Rubulotta was previously a trader for Lehman Brothers.,[32] and is currently a finance executive who is a managing director for Citigroup. They became engaged in September 2011.[33] Burnett and Rubulotta married on December 21, 2012.[34] On November 29, 2013, Burnett gave birth to a baby boy, Nyle Thomas Burnett Rubulotta.[35]


  1. ^ a b Griffin 1994 (PDF). St. Andrew's School. p. 125. Retrieved September 17, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Romney playing to win with Catholic vote". Cable News Network. August 23, 2012. 
  3. ^ "CNN TV – Anchors/Reporters:Erin Burnett". Retrieved February 23, 2015. 
  4. ^ "2012 Annual Report". Council on Foreign Relations ( Archived from the original on February 12, 2013. Retrieved February 12, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Joe Scarborough on Twitter: "All hail the International Superstar! Erin is the best!!! RT @CNBC We wish Erin Burnett the best and thank her for all her contributions."". 2011-04-29. Retrieved 2015-02-23. 
  6. ^ "Webb-Burnett, LLP: K. King Burnett". Retrieved February 23, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Esther M. Stewart Married to Lawyer". The New York Times. August 23, 1964. 
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ Burnett, Erin (May 24, 2009). "Commencement Address. St Andrew's" (PDF). Retrieved April 4, 2010. 
  10. ^ Palmer, Caroline (June 4, 2007). "Fifth Estater: CNBC's Erin Burnett". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved July 24, 2007. 
  11. ^ Kurtz, Howard (August 26, 2007). "Looking Good at CNBC (Pretty, Too)". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 24, 2007. 
  12. ^ "40 under 40: Erin Burnett". (Cable News Network). March 26, 2010. Retrieved November 19, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Erin Burnett's Biography on". CNBC. July 1, 2006. Retrieved July 17, 2007. 
  14. ^ Greenwald, Glen (October 5, 2011). "Erin Burnett: Voice of the People". Salon. Retrieved February 17, 2014. 
  15. ^ Watkins, Jade (September 30, 2011). "Reporter Erin Burnett gets engaged". Daily Mail. Retrieved February 17, 2014. 
  16. ^ a b Anchors & Reporters: Erin Burnett. Archived from the original on February 21, 2013.
  17. ^ "CNN Anchors and Reporters". CNN. August 20, 2011. Retrieved September 11, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Erin Burnett’s Teary CNBC Sign-off". May 6, 2011. Retrieved May 6, 2011. 
  19. ^ Luhby, Tami (April 29, 2011). "CNN hires Erin Burnett from CNBC". Retrieved May 6, 2011. 
  20. ^ Hall, Colby. "CNN Reveals New 7PM Show Title: Erin Burnett: OutFront". Mediaite. Mediaite, LLC. Retrieved September 23, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Hulu – CNBC Originals: India Rising: The New Empire". Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  22. ^ "Watch CNBC Originals Online - Dollars and Danger: Africa, The Final Investing Frontier". Hulu. Retrieved 2015-02-23. 
  23. ^ "Stop Trading, Listen to Cramer! – CNBC". Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  24. ^ "US TV anchor labels Rudd 'camel serial killer' : World News Australia on SBS". Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  25. ^ "Breaking News". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
  26. ^ "Burnett: I Made a Deadpan Joke – CNBC". Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  27. ^ "Transammonia: An American Business in Iran". Retrieved 2015-02-23. 
  28. ^ "Chemical Giant Ends Iran Deals After CNBC Report". 2010-12-14. Retrieved 2015-02-23. 
  29. ^ "The Emmy Awards - 32nd Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards Nominees". Retrieved 2015-02-23. 
  30. ^ "CNN's New Star Is a Little Too Sympathetic to Wall Street - Adam Clark Estes". The Atlantic Wire. 2011-10-06. Retrieved 2013-06-20. 
  31. ^ "7. Glenn Greenwald in Conversation with David Talbot". November 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2014. 
  32. ^ La Rocha, Julia. Meet The Citigroup Executive Who's Engaged To Erin Burnett. Business Insider. Sep 30, 2011. Archived from the original on February 21, 2013.
  33. ^ "Erin Burnett, David Rubulotta Engaged". 2011-09-30. Retrieved 2014-01-03. 
  34. ^ Carlson, Erin (December 22, 2012). "CNN's Erin Burnett Marries David Rubulotta". (The Hollywood Reporter). Retrieved December 24, 2012. 
  35. ^ "Erin Burnett Welcomes Son Nyle Thomas". November 30, 2013. Retrieved December 27, 2013. 

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