Errol Barnett in 2008
|Born||Michael Errol Christie
3 April 1983
Milton Keynes, England
|Agent||Laurie Jacoby, NMG|
Errol Barnett (born 3 April 1983) is an anchor and correspondent for CNN International based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has covered illegal mining strikes, the Oscar Pistorius murder and ailing health of President Nelson Mandela. Barnett also hosts the award-winning cultural affairs program "Inside Africa" travelling to various countries on the continent including Senegal, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Madagascar. He was profiled in GQ South Africa in May 2013 and asked about his extensive journeys. Previously Errol anchored a weekly Middle East news hour "Prism" from CNN Abu Dhabi, weekend editions of ‘World Report’ and 'iReport for CNN'.
Before his current assignment in Johannesburg, South Africa Errol anchored a news-hour from the network's production hub in Abu Dhabi, UAE. During the year-long assignment the program titled "Prism" documented the beginnings of the Arab Spring. Barnett anchored breaking events including the rescue of Chilean Miners to the aftermath of Japan's earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis.
CNN International hired Errol in 2008 a week after he graduated from UCLA. Initially he reported on the rise in influence of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter while based at the CNN World Headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Barnett also incorporated social media like CNN's iReports into coverage of breaking news events including the contested Iran elections and the offensive between Israel and Gaza in early 2009. He was also part of the most viewed streaming-video event in history during President Obama's Inauguration on CNN.com. In 2010 Barnett was recognised as a "Power 30 Under 30" by Atlanta’s Apex society. His reports are archived on CNN.com.
Errol was born in Milton Keynes, England to Pamela and Michael Christie. He has one older brother, Danny Christie. His mother later married Gary Barnett, a US Air Force sergeant stationed in England and later served in the Gulf War. The family relocated to Phoenix, Arizona in 1993. Errol attended Garden Lakes Elementary School and Westview High School before being hired by Channel One News and relocating to Los Angeles, CA.
Barnett’s career in journalism started in 2001 when the in-school program Channel One News hired him as their youngest anchor/reporter at the age of 18. He worked alongside Maria Menounos, Seth Doane and Gotham Chopra among others. In his five years with the program, he covered Barack Obama's keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention; the attacks on 11 September 2001; Hurricanes Ivan and Lily; President Bush’s second inauguration; and wildfires in California. Barnett also produced a news series on heroin use in American suburbs. He was chosen as one of Teen People magazine's "20 Teens Who Will Change The World" for his work.
Barnett also reported from the United Nations when US Secretary of State Colin Powell presented flawed intelligence regarding weapons of mass destruction and from the US Capitol during passage of the Homeland Security Act.  He left Channel One News in 2006 after being accepted to UCLA to finish his undergraduate studies.
In 2008 Barnett received a bachelor of arts degree in political science with a focus on international relations from UCLA. He was a member of the business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi and was profiled in The Daily Bruin in April 2007. While a student at UCLA he also worked as a correspondent and host on movie-centric cable network channel ReelzChannel but in July 2008 Barnett announced on ReelzChannel that he was leaving the network to join CNN International.
Errol Barnett regularly moderates panel discussions and speaks at conferences on the topics of international news, social media and issues facing Africa. Some recent events include:
- International Press Institute, Vienna, Austria (2010)
- Abu Dhabi Media Summit, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2010)
- World Future Energy Summit, Abu Dhabi, UAE (2011)
- Economist Conference, Lagos, Nigeria (2012)
- Mo Ibrahim Foundation, Dakar, Senegal (2012)
- World Bank Open Contracting Johannesburg, South Africa (2012)
- Errol Barnett's CNN bio
- Videos of Errol Barnett from CNN.com
- CNN's "Inside Africa" showpage
- Errol Barnett on Facebook
- Errol Barnett at the Internet Movie Database