Joe Kernen

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Not to be confused with Joe Kernan.
Joe Kernen
Born Joseph Richard Kernen[1]
(1957-01-06) January 6, 1957 (age 58)
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Other names The Kahuna
Education B.S. in biology, University of Colorado Boulder
M.S. in biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Occupation Stockbroker, TV news anchor
Agent Ari Emanuel
Spouse(s) Penelope Kernen (nee Scott)
Family daughter Blake, son Scott

Joseph Richard "Joe" Kernen (born January 6, 1956) is a CNBC news anchor. He is currently co-host of CNBC’s Squawk Box. His nickname is "The Kahuna".[2]

Kernen came to CNBC in the 1991 merger with Financial News Network, having joined FNN after a 10-year career as a stockbroker.

Kernen grew up in the Western Hills section of Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from St. Xavier High School in 1974.[3] He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in molecular biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he worked on cancer research.[4]

He is married to Penelope Scott, a former commodities trader from Short Hills, New Jersey. They met after she joined CNBC in 1996, and were married in 1998 on a golf course.[2] Kernen had an emergency appendectomy late on Aug. 5, 2010.

Kernen authored Your Teacher Said What?!: Defending Our Kids from the Liberal Assault on Capitalism (2011) with his then 5th grade daughter Blake.

In 2012, during the fiscal cliff crisis, Kernen at CNBC began a "Rise Above" campaign to pressure Congress to cut spending.[5]

In November 2014, he occasioned comment after expressing bewilderment to Martin Shanahan, during an on-air interview, that Ireland did not use the pound sterling and asking if Ireland and Scotland weren't on the same island.[6][7]


  1. ^ Kernen, Joseph Richard. Dissection of the Murine Erythroleukemia Cell Differentiation Program. Master's thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980.
  2. ^ a b Sullivan, Robert (November 1999). "Kahuna and the Brain". T&L Golf Magazine. Archived from the original on July 17, 2001. 
  3. ^ Paeth, Greg (1998-09-03). "Dow's swings boost CNBC". The Cincinnati Post (E. W. Scripps Company). Archived from the original on 2003-11-30. 
  4. ^ "Joe Kernen". CNBC. Retrieved July 20, 2013. 
  5. ^ Pichler, Josh (November 16, 2012). "Western Hills native issues challenge to policymakers". Cincinnati Enquirer. Archived from the original on July 20, 2013.  Also published as "CNBC anchor, a Western Hills native, challenges policymakers".
  6. ^ "“Why do you have euros?” The head of the IDA was asked some truly bizarre questions on CNBC today…". 3 November 2014. Retrieved 4 November 2014. 
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