October 13, 1970 |
New York City, U.S.
Finnish and Swedish mother
|Education||Scripps College (did not graduate)|
|Occupation||News presenter, reporter|
|Parents||Siri von Reis
|Family||Stephen Altschul (brother)|
Early life and education
Altschul was born in New York City, and is the daughter of author and botanist Siri von Reis and Arthur Altschul, a former partner at Goldman Sachs. Her mother is of half-Finnish and half-Swedish ancestry and her father is of Jewish ancestry. When her parents divorced, two-year-old Serena and her two siblings were raised by their mother. Her half-brother is mathematician Stephen Altschul. Altschul attended Scripps College for a couple of years, studying English literature, but did not graduate. While in college, she was the associate producer of 1993's The Last Party, a political documentary.
After school, she worked for two years at Channel One News, a channel seen nationwide in high schools, as an anchor/reporter. In 1995 she landed a job at MTV and in January 1996 she started working for MTV News. She also hosted shows such as MTV News: UNfiltered, Breaking it Down and hosted and produced True Life. From 2002 to 2003 Altschul worked at CNN. She hosted and produced a CNN special on the return of PCP. She continued working at MTV News while at CNN. On December 23, 2003, she was named a CBS News contributing correspondent. She now (2013) appears on CBS Sunday Morning.
- Edward R. Murrow Award - Sports Reporting 2007
- "Mrs. Altschul Has Child (birth announcement)". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). 1970-10-25. p. 91.
- Death notice of Arthur Goodhart Altschul
- New York Observer: "The Hard Sell" By Gabriel Sherman February 2, 2004
- CBS Sunday Morning: "Serena Altschul"
- Channel One Network: "Fast Facts"
- SERENA ALTSCHUL Facebook Fan Page
- Serena Altschul at the Internet Movie Database
- Serena Altschul Online (site last maintained Nov 2000)
- CBS News profile for Altschul
- Serena Altschul reports on Wikipedia