|Born||October 13, 1970|
New York City, U.S.
|Education||Scripps College (did not graduate)|
|Occupation||News presenter, reporter|
|Parent(s)||Siri von Reis|
|Family||Stephen Altschul (brother)|
Frank Altschul (grandfather)
John Miller (journalist) (brother in law)
Whitney Sudler-Smith (step-brother)
Early life and education
Altschul was born in New York City, the daughter of author and botanist Siri von Reis and Arthur Altschul, a member of the Lehman banking family. Her mother is of half-Finnish and half-Swedish ancestry and her father is of Jewish ancestry. After her parents divorced, two-year-old Serena and two siblings were raised by their mother.
Altschul has four siblings. Her brother, Arthur Goodhart Altschul Jr., was married to journalist Rula Jebreal and her sister, Emily Altschul, is married to former journalist and NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller. She also has two half-brothers, Charles Altschul and mathematician Stephen Altschul from her father's previous marriage and a step-brother, Whitney Sudler-Smith, from her father's later marriage to reality television series personality Patricia Dey.
Altschul attended Scripps College for a few years, studying English literature, but did not graduate. In 1993, while still in college, she was the associate producer of 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 1987 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. Since 2013 she appears on CBS Sunday Morning.
- Edward R. Murrow Award – Sports Reporting 2007
- "Mrs. Altschul Has Child (birth announcement)". The New York Times. 1970-10-25. p. 91.
- "A Move From 'Our Crowd' to Mass Media". The New York Times. 26 March 1998.
- Eric Pace (March 20, 2002). "Arthur G. Altschul, 81, Banker, Art Collector and Philanthropist". New York Times.
In addition to his son Arthur G. Jr., he is survived by his wife, the former Patricia Dey whom he married in 1996; two other sons, Charles, and Dr. Stephen; two daughters, Emily Helen Altschul and Serena von Reis Altschul, a former MTV News correspondent, now with CNN; a stepson, Whitney Sudler Smith
- New York Observer: "The Hard Sell" By Gabriel Sherman February 2, 2004
- New York Post: "Arthur Altschul, Jr. engaged to Rula Jebreal" May 2, 2013
- New York Times: "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Emily Altschul, John Miller" November 24, 2002
- CBS Sunday Morning: "Serena Altschul"
- Channel One Network: "Fast Facts"
- "Serena Altschul from MTV VJs, Then and Now".
- Orlando Sentinel: "MTV Newswoman has a Rich Background" March 31, 1998
- Hartford Courant: "MTV Without the Gloss" by James Endres March 29, 1998
- New York Observer: Power Punk: Serena Altschul" by Joe Hagan December 15, 2013