Moriarty in 2017
Erin F. Moriarty|
April 6, 1952
|Residence||New York City|
Ohio State, B.A.|
Ohio State, J.D.
|Occupation||News anchor, reporter, correspondent|
Overseas Press Club
International Association of Women in Radio and Television Award
Moriarty attended Upper Arlington High School in Columbus, Ohio, and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Ohio State University, where she was also a sister of Kappa Kappa Gamma and was selected to Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society. She received a law degree from Ohio State University Moritz College of Law and is licensed to practice law in Ohio, Washington, D.C., and Maryland.
In 1979-1980, Moriarty worked as a reporter for a Columbus-based NBC affiliate WCMH-TV. She also cohosted the local PM Magazine program with Steve Shannon at WCMH-TV. In 1980-1982 for the Baltimore-based CBS (at the time, ABC) affiliate WJZ-TV and in 1982-1983, for CBS affiliate WJKW-TV in Cleveland (now a FOX affiliate since September, 1994 due to the ex-Storer Broadcasting stations eventually falling into the hands of News Corporation after the former Storer Broadcasting had folded, and this action having been spearheaded by CBS's loss of the NFL AFC rights to FOX in 1993). From 1983-86, Moriarty served as a consumer reporter for WMAQ-TV in Chicago. In 1986, she joined CBS News where she has served as a consumer correspondent for CBS This Morning and the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather. In 1990, she joined the CBS News program 48 Hours as a correspondent.
Moriarty has collaborated with colleague Nancy Giles on two weekly public-affairs radio series under the Giles and Moriarty banner, one for WPHT in Philadelphia in 2003-04 and another for Greenstone Media in 2007. Both shows were produced at the facilities of the CBS Radio Network.
In 2008, Moriarty co-authored "Death of a Dream" with Paul LaRosa, a CBS News producer. The book examines the 2005 murder of dancer Catherine Woods in New York, and the subsequent trial and conviction of Paul Cortez.
She has also been seen narrating recent episodes of 48 Hours Mystery.
Neurologist Steven Novella and paranormal investigator Joe Nickell writing in separate Skeptical Inquirer articles about Moriarty's lack of skepticism and "complete journalistic fail" over her segment on CBS's Sunday Morning in March 2018. In her segment she showed clips of spoon-bender Uri Geller from the 1980's performing "'psychic' parlor tricks" but instead of explaining to her audience that Geller had been debunked many times she instead said he was "'unreliable'", no mention of the work of James Randi. Novella states of Moriarty "She is (most likely) just an old-school journalist who thinks of paranormal pieces as '"fluff"' pieces that don't require journalistic rigor". And that this segment could have run "thirty years ago with no change". In another segment Moriarty interviewed psychic Angela Dellafiora Ford, who claims that she "psychically tracked down fugitive drug smuggler Charlie Jordan in 1989". Nickell writes that Moriarty "simply takes Ford at her word" and "gushes" over her. Nickell states that Ford's claims are an example of '"retrofitting"' and incorrect.
- 9-time national Emmy Award winner
- Recipient of the 2001 Overseas Press Club Award
- 2-time winner of the Association of Women in Radio and Television Gracie Allen Award
- Top 100 Award from Irish Magazine honoree
- Recipient of the Outstanding Consumer Media Service Award presented by the Consumer Federation of America
- Recipient of the Crime Hottie Award presented by True Crime Uncensored.
- "Erin Moriarty". CBS News. 1998-08-01.
- "Paul LaRosa. Death of a Dream Synopsis". Retrieved 2011-06-14.
- Feran, Tim (2008-03-31). "TV Reporter Looks Closely at Murder of Dancer - Dispatch.com". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved 2008-11-16.
- Novella, Steven (2018). "Gullible Reporting about ESP on CBS". Skeptical Inquier. Committee for Skeptical Inquirer. 42 (4): 15–16.
- Nickell, Joe (2018). "CBS Sunday Morning Seers Don't See So Well". Skeptical Inquirer. Committee for Skeptical Inquirer. 42 (4): 17.
- "RICHARD SCHLESINGER and Erin Moriarty" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-06-14.
- ""48 Hours"' Erin Moriarty reflects on iconic CBS News broadcast".