Sharyn Alfonsi

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Sharyn Alfonsi.

Sharyn Elizabeth Alfonsi (born June 3, 1972) is an American journalist and correspondent for 60 Minutes. She made her debut appearance on 60 Minutes on March 1, 2015.

Early life and education[edit]

Alfonsi attended high school in McLean, Virginia.[1] She graduated with honors from the University of Mississippi in Oxford in 1994, where she was a James Love Scholar.

Career[edit]

Alfonsi began her career in broadcast journalism at KHBS-TV in Fort Smith, Arkansas, from 1994–95, where she served as a news reporter, weekend weather anchor, photographer and editor. She then became a general assignment reporter for WVEC–TV in Norfolk, Virginia, from 1995–97, where she traveled with the military. Between 1998–2000, she worked as a reporter and substitute anchor for KIRO-TV in Seattle, Washington, where she covered the World Trade Organization riots.[2][3] Between 2000 and 2003, she worked as a reporter and anchor for WBZ-TV, the CBS-owned station in Boston, where she covered the ongoing Catholic church scandal, the Michael Skakel trial, and The Station nightclub fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island.[2]

Alfonsi was named a CBS News correspondent, based in New York City, in July 2004. She also anchored the CBS Evening News. She has traveled to cover stories including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the conflict in Israel, Hurricane Katrina, and the Sago Mine Disaster in West Virginia. Alfonsi had a near-miss in Israel when a missile landed close to her shelter.[citation needed] She was the lead reporter covering the Virginia Tech Massacre.

Alfonsi was one of several correspondents who departed the network after Katie Couric took over the anchor chair from Bob Schieffer in September 2006. Schieffer called Alfonsi "a true treasure of the network". Despite the 30 year age difference, the two are often seen dining together in New York. On August 10, 2006, Alfonsi was featured on CBS's Public Eye blog.[4]

On January 28, 2008, it was announced that Alfonsi would join ABC News as a New York-based correspondent for World News with Charles Gibson and Good Morning America.[5] Alfonsi occasionally anchored Good Morning America and World News.[citation needed]

In 2012, Alfonsi left ABC to return to CBS News and join the cast of 60 Minutes Sports. 60 Minutes Sports premiered in January 2012 on the Showtime network.[citation needed] She has anchored CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose, Norah O'Donnell, and Gayle King, and filled in as an anchor for Scott Pelley on the CBS Evening News. Alfonsi made her debut appearance on 60 Minutes on March 1, 2015, with an investigative story about fraud after Hurricane Sandy. She appeared multiple times in the 2016 season, including an investigative piece on hacking phones that showed how hackers could easily access a Congressman's phone.

Personal life[edit]

In May 2013, Alfonsi gave the commencement address at the Meek School of Journalism and New Media at the University of Mississippi. Her speech was named by NPR as one of The Best Commencement Speeches Ever.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ SharynAlfonsi official website
  2. ^ a b http://abcnews.go.com/WNT/sharyn-alfonsi/story?id=6823282
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-07-25. Retrieved 2013-10-29.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-10-10. Retrieved 2007-07-11.
  5. ^ Sharyn Alfonsi Joins ABC News - BroadcastNewsroom Archived 2011-07-08 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ http://apps.npr.org/commencement/speech/sharyn-alfonsi-university-of-mississippi-2013/