Errol Barnett in 2008
3 April 1983 |
Milton Keynes, England
Errol Barnett (born 3 April 1983) is an anchor and correspondent for CNN International based in Atlanta, Georgia. Barnett hosted the award-winning cultural affairs program "Inside Africa" traveling to a wide range of countries on the continent including Senegal, Morocco, Ethiopia and Madagascar. He was profiled in GQ South Africa in May 2013 and asked about his extensive journeys.
Errol Barnett is currently an anchor appearing on CNN during weeknight overnight hour simulcasts of CNN International. He anchored coverage of the Ferguson, Missouri protests, death of Robin Williams and search for MH370. Previously he was based at CNN's bureau in Johannesburg, South Africa as a correspondent. While there he covered the death of President Nelson Mandela, the Oscar Pistorius murder trial, various miner strikes and the 50th anniversary of the African Union's founding. In 2010, Barnett anchored a live noon eastern news-hour on CNN International from CNN Abu Dhabi. Coverage focused on the beginnings of Arab Spring, the rescue of Chilean Miners and the aftermath of Japan's earthquake.
CNN International hired Errol as an anchor and correspondent in 2008, days after he graduated from UCLA. He initially reported on the rise in influence of social media sites like Facebook and Twitter and anchored ‘World Report’ and 'iReport for CNN'. He was also part of the most viewed streaming-video event in history during U.S. President Obama's Inauguration on CNN.com.
Errol was born in Milton Keynes, England to Pamela and Moses Christie. He has one older brother, Danny Christie. His mother later married Gary Barnett, a US Air Force sergeant who served in the Gulf War. The family relocated to Phoenix, Arizona in 1993. While in Arizona, Errol attended Garden Lakes Elementary School and Westview High School before being hired by Channel One News and relocated to Los Angeles, CA.
In 2001, the in-school program Channel One News hired Barnett as an anchor/reporter. He was their youngest at the age of 18. He worked alongside Maria Menounos, Seth Doane and Gotham Chopra among others in his five years there. Barnett covered Barack Obama's keynote speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention; the attacks on 11 September 2001, reported from the United Nations when U.S. 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.
Barnett also produced a news series on heroin use in American suburbs and was chosen as one of Teen People magazine's "20 Teens Who Will Change The World" for his work.  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. After graduation in July, 2008 Barnett was hired by CNN International.
Errol Barnett regularly moderates panel discussions and speaks at conferences on the topics of international news, social media and issues facing Africa. 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 became the focus of an Internet meme in August, 2014 during CNN's coverage of the Ferguson, Missouri protests. Viewers noted Barnett's response to his co-anchor's suggestion that police use water cannons on demonstrators. Buzzfeed described Barnett's expression as saying "did that just happen" and "is this real life?"
- 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
- USA Today article
- Buzzfeed article