Serena Altschul

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Serena Altschul
Serena Altschul 2011.jpg
Altschul in 2011
Born (1970-10-13) October 13, 1970 (age 47)
New York City, U.S.
Education Scripps College (did not graduate)
Occupation News presenter, reporter
Years active 1993–present
Parent(s) Siri von Reis
Arthur Altschul

Serena Altschul (born October 13, 1970)[1] is an American broadcast journalist, known for her work at MTV News and CBS.

Early life and education[edit]

Altschul was born in New York City, has four siblings,[2] and is the daughter of author and botanist Siri von Reis and Arthur Altschul, a member of the Lehman banking family.[2] Her mother is of half-Finnish and half-Swedish ancestry[2][3] and her father is of Jewish ancestry. When her parents divorced, two-year-old Serena and two siblings were raised by their mother.

Altschul attended Scripps College[4] 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.[4]


After school, she worked for two years at Channel One News, a channel seen nationwide in high schools, as an anchor/reporter.[5][2] In 1987 she landed a job at MTV and in January 1996 she started working for MTV News.[6][7][8][9] She also hosted shows such as MTV News: UNfiltered, Breaking it Down and hosted and produced True Life.[4][6] From 2002 to 2003 Altschul worked at CNN.[4] 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. Since 2013 she appears on CBS Sunday Morning.[6]

She played herself on Jay-Z's 1999 song, "Dope Man". She also appeared as herself in the films Queen of the Damned and Josie and the Pussycats.



  1. ^ "Mrs. Altschul Has Child (birth announcement)". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. 1970-10-25. p. 91. 
  2. ^ a b c d "A Move From 'Our Crowd' to Mass Media". The New York Times. 26 March 1998. 
  3. ^ New York Observer: "The Hard Sell" By Gabriel Sherman February 2, 2004
  4. ^ a b c d CBS Sunday Morning: "Serena Altschul"
  5. ^ Channel One Network: "Fast Facts"
  6. ^ a b c "Serena Altschul from MTV VJs, Then and Now". 
  7. ^ Orlando Sentinel: "MTV Newswoman has a Rich Background" March 31, 1998
  8. ^ Hartford Courant: "MTV Without the Gloss" by James Endres March 29, 1998
  9. ^ New York Observer: Power Punk: Serena Altschul" by Joe Hagan December 15, 2013

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