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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
Sharyn Alfonsi is correspondent for 60 Minutes. Her career at CBS began in July 2004, when she was named a network correspondent for CBS News. During her time as a New York based correspondent, Alfonsi anchored the CBS Evening News and travelled to cover stories including the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the conflict in Israel, Hurricane Katrina, and the Sago Mine Disaster in West Virginia. She had a near-miss in Israel when a missile landed close to her shelter. She was the lead reporter covering the Virginia Tech Massacre.
Alfonsi was one of several correspondents who departed CBS 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.
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 Alfonsi occasionally anchored Good Morning America and World News. Alfonsi and ABC Correspondent David Muir also hosted the "Made in America" franchise for the network. On Good Morning America, Alfonsi revealed that Muir was the "first person in the hospital room" after she had her son.
In 2012, Alfonsi returned to CBS News to join the cast of 60 Minutes Sports. 60 Minutes Sports premiered in January 2012 on the Showtime network. Three years later, in 2015, Alfonsi made her debut appearance on 60 Minutes with an investigative story about fraud after Hurricane Sandy which led to a congressional investigation and earned her a Writers Guild Award. She appeared multiple times on 60 Minutes in the 2016-2017 season, including an investigative piece on hacking phones that showed how hackers could easily access a Congressman's phone.
In 2018, she was featured on the season premiere of 60 Minutes with a revealing interview with Paul McCartney, which drew more than 13 million viewers. McCartney admitted that he couldn't read music, was wildly insecure and worried about his legacy. She also reported in the 2018 season from Midway Island, with an in-depth look at the problem of plastics in the ocean. Alfonsi reported that much of the plastic in the United States is never recycled.
Sharyn 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. 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.
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.
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