|Born||Joseph Richard Kernen
January 6, 1957
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|
|Spouse(s)||Penelope Kernen (nee Scott)|
|Family||daughter Blake, son Scott|
Kernen grew up in the Western Hills section of Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from St. Xavier High School in 1974. 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.
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. 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.
- Kernen, Joseph Richard. Dissection of the Murine Erythroleukemia Cell Differentiation Program. Master's thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980.
- Sullivan, Robert (November 1999). "Kahuna and the Brain". T&L Golf Magazine. Archived from the original on July 17, 2001.
- 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.
- "Joe Kernen". CNBC. Retrieved July 20, 2013.
- 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".