CBS News President Susan Zirinsky with Anchor/Correspondent Errol Barnett attending the WHCD Politico/CBS News reception. Apr, 2019.
|Born||3 April 1983|
Milton Keynes, England
|Education||B.A., UCLA (Political Science), 2008|
|CBS News Correspondent, (2016–present) |
CNN Newsroom Anchor, (2014–2016)
Inside Africa Host, (2012–2014)
CNN Johannesburg Correspondent, (2012–2014)
World Report Anchor (2008–2012)
Errol Barnett (born 3 April 1983) is a British-born American anchor and correspondent for CBS News based in Washington, D.C. He previously anchored CNN Newsroom during overnight hours in the U.S. after hosting CNN International's cultural affairs program Inside Africa. During his two years at the helm of the award-winning show Barnett reported from half the continent including Senegal, Morocco, Ethiopia, and Madagascar. He was profiled in GQ South Africa and asked about his extensive journeys. His May, 2019 wedding was described by People Magazine as “stunning.”
Barnett has English, German and Jamaican heritage. Gladstone Christie, his Jamaican grandfather, was one of 500 Caribbean air crew members who served with the British Royal Air Force during WWII, afterward relocating to England as part of the Windrush generation. Barnett was born in Milton Keynes, England to Michael Christie, Gladstone's son and Pamela, an English woman from Liverpool. He has one older brother, Danny, and older sister, Natalie, who died. His mother later married Gary Barnett, a US Air Force sergeant who served in the Gulf War before moving the family to Phoenix.
Channel One and UCLA
The youth oriented Channel One hired Barnett, their youngest anchor/reporter at age 18, to work alongside Maria Menounos, Seth Doane, Gotham Chopra among others. While also taking college classes, Barnett covered Barack Obama's breakout DNC keynote speech, reported from the United Nations when U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell presented flawed WMD intelligence and from the US Capitol during passage of the Homeland Security Act.
Barnett was chosen as one of Teen People magazine's "20 Teens Who Will Change The World" for his early work. He left Channel One in 2006 after being accepted to UCLA to finish his undergraduate studies.
At UCLA Barnett received a bachelor of arts degree in political science with a focus on international relations. He was a member of the business fraternity Alpha Kappa Psi and was profiled in The Daily Bruin in April 2007. After graduation in July 2008 Barnett was hired by CNN.
For CNN Barnett initially reported on the rise in influence of social media sites in journalism and was part of the then-most viewed streaming event in history during President Obama's Inauguration on CNN.com. In 2010, he anchored a noon eastern news-hour on CNN International from CNN Abu Dhabi which focused on the clashes of the Arab Spring.
Barnett hosted the network's longest running feature program Inside Africa from 2011–2014. The weekly half-hour documentary earned awards for its depiction of the continent, with Barnett venturing to twenty-two countries in his adventurous self-described "journey of discovery." As a CNN correspondent, he was based in Johannesburg, South Africa covering the passing of President Nelson Mandela the Oscar Pistorius murder trial and various miner strikes.
As an anchor for CNN, Barnett appeared during weeknight hours of CNN Newsroom while based in Atlanta, Georgia leading coverage of the Ferguson, Missouri protests, death of Robin Williams and overnight coverage of the lead up to the 2016 presidential election.
Barnett became the focus of an Internet meme in August, 2014 during CNN's coverage of the Ferguson, Missouri protests. Viewers noted Barnett's response to his co-anchor's suggestion that police use water cannons on demonstrators. Buzzfeed described Barnett's expression as "did that just happen" and "is this real life?"
During the 2016 election, CBS News hired Barnett as a Washington, D.C. based correspondent and anchor appearing on CBS This Morning, the CBS Evening News and on the digital network CBSN. His coverage includes the Presidency of Donald Trump, artificial intelligence, extreme weather and various breaking news events. He also conducts high-interest interviews; his chat with Wikipedia’s top editor was viewed two million times and he obtained an exclusive with a woman injured by a zoo jaguar.
Secret Service incident
In October, 2018, the Secret Service issued a rare statement after a viral interaction with Barnett, following the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. As Barnett asked Presidential advisor Jared Kushner about his relationship with the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammad Bin Salman, a Secret Service agent "physically prevented" Barnett from continuing.
The Washington Post reported, "Barnett can be seen attempting to ask Kushner a question as he makes his way off the plane, before a Secret Service agent appears to block his way. Barnett can then be seen showing his CBS and White House press credentials to one of the agents, who responds, ‘I don’t give a damn who you are, there’s a time and a place.’" In response to the backlash, the Secret Service said, "the actions were taken solely in response to an abrupt movement by an unknown individual who later identified themselves as a member of the media." On CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper, Barnett responded "the video speaks for itself."
Barnett regularly moderates panel discussions and speaks at conferences on the topics of freedom of the press, U.S. politics and various international issues. Events include:
- Focos Annual Gala, New York (2018)
- Society of Professional Journalists Annual Awards Dinner, Washington, D.C. (2018)
- Milken Institute Global Conference, Los Angeles (2017)
- NABJ/NAHJ Conference, Washington, D.C. (2016)
- International Press Institute, Johannesburg, South Africa (2014)
- World Bank Johannesburg, South Africa (2012)
- International Press Institute, Vienna, Austria (2010)
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- World Bank Institute Archived 21 May 2013 at the Wayback Machine
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