Erin Burnett

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Erin Burnett
Burnett (2012)
Burnett in 2012
Erin Isabelle Burnett[1]

(1976-07-02) July 2, 1976 (age 46)
Alma materWilliams College (BA)
Occupation(s)News anchor, journalist
Years active2003–present
David Rubulotta
(m. 2012)

Erin Isabelle Burnett (born July 2, 1976) is an American news anchor, currently the anchor of Erin Burnett OutFront on CNN.[2] She previously worked for CNBC as co-anchor of Squawk on the Street and the host of Street Signs. Burnett has also appeared on NBC's Meet the Press, Today, MSNBC's Morning Joe, and NBC Nightly News as well as making occasional appearances on The Celebrity Apprentice.[3]

Burnett has hosted Erin Burnett OutFront live from the border of Mali, Afghanistan, Rwanda, the United Arab Emirates, and Israel. She has also reported from China, Ukraine, and Pakistan for the program.

While working at NBC, Joe Scarborough dubbed Burnett "the International Superstar"[4] for her work on a number of documentaries filmed outside the United States. Her reports and documentaries were filmed inside Libya, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, and India.

In her career, she has focused extensively on reporting in the Middle East and has filed reports from Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Turkey, and Yemen, in addition to Pakistan.

Early life and education[edit]

Burnett was born and raised in Mardela Springs, Maryland. She is the youngest daughter of Esther Margaret (née Stewart) and Kenneth King Burnett, a corporate attorney.[5][6] She is of Irish, Scottish, and English ancestry.[7][8] Burnett attended The Salisbury School, a private, independent elementary and middle school in Salisbury, MD prior to attending St. Andrew's School, a private co-educational college preparatory boarding school in Middletown, Delaware, graduating in 1994.[1] She returned to the school in 2009 to deliver the commencement speech.[9][10] She attended Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, where she studied political science and economics, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political economy. She played lacrosse and field hockey.[11][12]


Burnett began her career as a financial analyst for Goldman Sachs[13] in their investment banking division, where she worked on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. While working as an investment-banking analyst, Burnett was offered a position at CNN as a writer and booker for CNN's Moneyline with Stuart Varney, Willow Bay, and Lou Dobbs.[14] She left the position to serve as vice president of Citigroup's digital media group, CitiMedia.[15][16]

Burnett in December 2012, interviewing U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta in Afghanistan

Following Citigroup, Burnett joined Bloomberg Television as Stocks Editor and anchor.[16] From 2005 to 2011 Burnett was the host of CNBC's Street Signs and co-anchor of Squawk on the Street with Mark Haines.[17]

On August 5, 2009, Burnett used the term "serial killer" in a discussion with her host Jim Cramer regarding a report about the Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's plans to spend millions of dollars on aerial shooting to cull Australian feral camels in the outback. Cramer referred to the reported plan as "camelcide".[18][19][20] The next day on the show, Burnett said her comment was meant as a joke.[21]

On December 7, 2010, Burnett presented an investigative report on chemical giant Transammonia[22] doing business in Iran. She reported that a wholly owned subsidiary of Transammonia in the United States purchased ammonia from Iran. On December 13, 2010, as a result of the CNBC report, Transammonia sent a press release to congressional leaders stating that Transammonia's Swiss subsidiary would not enter into new contracts with Iranian companies and would wind down its business with Iran "as soon as possible."[23] The following year, the investigative report was nominated for an Emmy.[24]

Following more than five years with CNBC, Burnett left the network on May 6, 2011,[25] and joined rival news outlet CNN beginning October 3, 2011. There she began headlining her own prime-time news program, called Erin Burnett OutFront, which films at CNN's New York City studios.[26][27]

Shortly after joining CNN, Burnett aired an October 4, 2011 segment on the Occupy Wall Street protests titled "Seriously?" She was accused by journalism watchdog group Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) of misrepresenting facts about protesters. Journalist Glenn Greenwald reacted in a Salon article detailing bias in Burnett's reporting, which he attributed to her previous work experience on Wall Street as well as her partner's employment with Citigroup.[28] In response to the criticism, CNN issued a statement saying, "We support Erin and the OutFront team and we respect that there will be a range of opinions on any given story."[29]

Burnett stated that President Trump's proposal under the Insurrection Act to use military forces to remove protestors from Lafayette Square would constitute "invoking an act not invoked since 1807 to deploy U.S. military troops on American soil." She later issued a correction, noting that the act has been invoked previously, the last time in 1992.[30]

Hosted programs[edit]


  • City of Money & Mystery (2008)
  • India Rising: The New Empire (2008)[31]
  • The Russian Gamble (2008)
  • Dollars & Danger: Africa, The Final Investment Frontier (2009)[32]
  • On Assignment: Iraq (2010)
  • Big Money in the Middle East (2010)


Personal life[edit]

Burnett met executive David Rubulotta on a blind date in 2003. Rubulotta was previously a trader for Lehman Brothers.[33] They became engaged in September 2011.[34] Burnett and Rubulotta were married on December 21, 2012.[35]

On November 29, 2013, Burnett gave birth to a son.[36] On July 18, 2015, she gave birth to a daughter.[37] The couple welcomed their third child, a boy, on August 20, 2018.[38]

Burnett is Catholic.[39]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Griffin 1994 (PDF). St. Andrew's School. p. 125. Retrieved September 17, 2007.
  2. ^ "CNN TV – Anchors/Reporters: Erin Burnett". CNN. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  3. ^ "Erin Burnett on judging 'The Apprentice' and working with Donald Trump". SiriusXM. Retrieved May 30, 2018.
  4. ^ Joe Scarborough [@JoeNBC] (April 29, 2011). "All hail the International Superstar! Erin is the best!!! RT @CNBC We wish Erin Burnett the best and thank her for all her contributions" (Tweet). Retrieved February 23, 2015 – via Twitter.
  5. ^ "Webb-Burnett, LLP: K. King Burnett". Salisbury Corporate Law. Archived from the original on March 12, 2014. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  6. ^ "Esther M. Stewart Married to Lawyer". The New York Times. August 23, 1964.
  7. ^ "CNN Roots with Erin Burnett: Think of Ireland, and Think of Skye". ancestry Corporate. October 17, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2016.
  8. ^ Stated on Finding Your Roots, April 19, 2022
  9. ^ [1] Archived July 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Burnett, Erin (May 24, 2009). "Commencement Address. St Andrew's" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 28, 2011. Retrieved April 4, 2010.
  11. ^ Palmer, Caroline (June 4, 2007). "Fifth Estater: CNBC's Erin Burnett". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved July 24, 2007.
  12. ^ Kurtz, Howard (August 26, 2007). "Looking Good at CNBC (Pretty, Too)". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 24, 2007.
  13. ^ "40 under 40: Erin Burnett". Cable News Network. March 26, 2010. Retrieved November 19, 2010.
  14. ^ "Erin Burnett's Biography on". CNBC. July 1, 2006. Retrieved July 17, 2007.
  15. ^ Greenwald, Glen (October 5, 2011). "Erin Burnett: Voice of the People". Salon. Retrieved February 17, 2014.
  16. ^ a b Anchors & Reporters: Erin Burnett. Archived from the original on February 21, 2013.
  17. ^ "CNN Anchors and Reporters". CNN. August 20, 2011. Retrieved September 11, 2011.
  18. ^ "Stop Trading, Listen to Cramer!". CNBC. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  19. ^ "US TV anchor labels Rudd 'camel serial killer'". SBS. Archived from the original on January 16, 2016. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  20. ^ "Serial killer label just a joke". The Straits Times. Archived from the original on October 28, 2010. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
  21. ^ "Burnett: I Made a Deadpan Joke". CNBC. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  22. ^ "Transammonia: An American Business in Iran". CNBC. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  23. ^ "Chemical Giant Ends Iran Deals After CNBC Report". CNBC. December 14, 2010. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  24. ^ "The Emmy Awards - 32nd Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards Nominees". Archived from the original on August 5, 2011. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  25. ^ "Erin Burnett's Teary CNBC Sign-off". May 6, 2011. Archived from the original on May 9, 2011. Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  26. ^ Luhby, Tami (April 29, 2011). "CNN hires Erin Burnett from CNBC". Retrieved May 6, 2011.
  27. ^ Hall, Colby. "CNN Reveals New 7PM Show Title: Erin Burnett: OutFront". Mediaite. Mediaite, LLC. Retrieved September 23, 2011.
  28. ^ "7. Glenn Greenwald in Conversation with David Talbot". Salon. November 2011. Retrieved December 5, 2014.
  29. ^ "CNN's New Star Is a Little Too Sympathetic to Wall Street - Adam Clark Estes". The Atlantic Wire. October 6, 2011. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
  30. ^ "PolitiFact - Erin Burnett corrects inaccurate statements about Insurrection Act". @politifact.
  31. ^ "CNBC Originals: India Rising: The New Empire". Hulu. Archived from the original on November 27, 2011. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  32. ^ "Watch CNBC Originals Online - Dollars and Danger: Africa, The Final Investing Frontier". Hulu. Retrieved February 23, 2015.
  33. ^ La Rocha, Julia. Meet The Citigroup Executive Who's Engaged To Erin Burnett. Business Insider. September 30, 2011. Archived from the original on February 21, 2013.
  34. ^ "Erin Burnett, David Rubulotta Engaged". September 30, 2011. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  35. ^ Carlson, Erin (December 22, 2012). "CNN's Erin Burnett Marries David Rubulotta". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 24, 2012.
  36. ^ "Erin Burnett Welcomes Son Nyle Thomas". November 30, 2013. Retrieved December 27, 2013.
  37. ^ Allan (July 29, 2015). "Erin Burnett reveals first photo of newborn daughter, Colby Isabelle". CNN Commentary. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  38. ^ Juneau, Jen; Leon, Anya (August 23, 2018). "Erin Burnett Welcomes Son Owen Thomas". People Magazine. Retrieved August 24, 2018.
  39. ^ "Will we be inspired to respond to Pope Francis' call?". Crux. September 30, 2015. On TV, commentators and even their interviewees were showing off their Catholic bona fides. CNN anchors Chris Cuomo and Erin Burnett both proudly declared themselves observant.

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