Sharyn Alfonsi Biography
Sharyn Alfonsi (Sharyn Elizabeth Alfonsi) is an American correspondent, reporter, and anchor working for CBS News. She joined the station on March 1, 2015, as a journalist and correspondent for 60 Minutes.
Sharyn Alfonsi Education
Alfonsi attended high school in McLean, Virginia where she earned her High School Diploma in General Education. From there, she joined the University of Mississippi, Oxford to pursue her career course. In 1994 after completing her studies there, she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in political science and journalism studies. While there, she was a James Love Scholar.
Sharyn Alfonsi Career
Sharyn Alfonsi was the 2020 winner of the On-Air Talent National TV Gracie Award. The veteran journalist has appeared on 60 Minutes since 2015. The 2021-’22 season is her eighth with the broadcast. One of the most memorable pandemic segments of 60 Minutes, is her recent report on the handling of one of the earliest recorded coronavirus super-spreader events, a cruise aboard the Costa Luminosa. In January 2020, a report on the migration crisis on the U.S.-Mexican Border in April 2019 was recognized with a Columbia University-du Pont Silver baton. She later got the first interview with the Salvadoran woman who was the wife and mother of the drowned migrant father and daughter whose image in death captivated the world after covering that story.
Prior to joining the CBS News team, she worked for ABC News. While there, she was a New York-based reporter who appeared regularly on all of the division’s platforms for five years. She also revealed that uniforms to be worn by U.S. Olympic athletes were made in China on “World News Tonight.” Furthermore, she reported at “Nightline” where she showed the often cruel world of the puppy mill industry, exposing factory-like breeding facilities in the Amish country of Pennsylvania.
Before working for ABC News, she was a News correspondent based in New York since July 2004. She was also a lead correspondent on many domestic and international stories. During that time, she reported for all CBS News broadcasts and covered the school shootings at Virginia Tech. Alfonsi covered the war with Hezbollah and later, the violence in Gaza reporting from the Israel-Lebanon border in 2006, and the war in Iraq. Her career also took her to Baghdad and upon her return, she covered Hurricane Katrina. She camped in New Orleans for more than a month reporting on the recovery and rebuilding efforts.
Moreover, she regularly contributed to “CBS Sunday Morning” and served as a fill-in anchor for the “CBS Evening News” weekend edition. Alfonsi covered national stories including the return of U.S. soldiers from Iraq, the Martha Stewart trial, the Sago Mine Disaster, and Hurricane Rita in West Virginia. She worked as a freelance correspondent for the CBS Newspath, “Up To The Minute,” and “CBS Evening News” weekend edition prior to her was elevated to CBS News correspondent.
60 Minutes Report
During her first 60 Minutes report, she revealed that the Federal Emergency Management Agency was aware its insurance companies had committed fraud against Hurricane Sandy victims. She did an investigation into the jailhouse death of Jeffrey Epstein that revealed new evidence in the high-profile case. In 2019, she interviewed Samuel Little, thought to be the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history. Also covered the story of the students who survived the Parkland, Florida, school shooting.
In 2017, she did a story that drew national attention to a criminal justice system scandal, the misuse of jailhouse informants in Orange County, California. Furthermore, she reported on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), cyber security, and climate change. She has done several sports stories including the poignant portrait of Harry Parker. He coached the Harvard varsity crew team to a final victory.
Alfonsi worked for -TV, the CBS-owned station in Boston as a reporter and substitute anchor. During her working time there, she covered the Rhode Island nightclub fire, the Michael Skakel trial, and the ongoing Catholic Church scandal. She also worked at KIRO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Seattle, Washington as a reporter. While there, she covered the World Trade Organization riots.
Her career also took her to Norfolk, Virginia where she worked for WVEC–TV. While there, she served as a general assignment reporter. She traveled extensively with the military. Her journalism career began in Ft. Smith, Arkansas working for KHBS-TV. During her time there, she served the station as a photographer, weekend weather anchor, editor, and news reporter.
Sharyn Alfonsi Age
Alfonsi is 50 years old as of 2022. She was born on born June 3, 1972, in Washington, D.C., United States. Alfonsi celebrates her birthday on the 3rd of June every year.
Sharyn Alfonsi Height
Alfonsi stands at an approximate height of 5 feet 5 inches.
Sharyn Alfonsi Family
Alfonsi was born and raised in Washington, D.C. She has managed to keep her personal life away from the limelight hence she has not disclosed any information about her parents. It is also not known if she has any siblings
Sharyn Alfonsi Husband
Alfonsi is married to her better half Matt Eby who is a former Navy Officer. The two tied the knot in 1995. They are blessed with two kids and reside in Austin, Texas.
Sharyn Alfonsi Net Worth
Alfonsi has an estimated net worth ranging between $1 Million – $5 Million which she has earned from her successful career as a correspondent.
Sharyn Alfonsi Salary
Alfonsi earns an annual salary ranging between $40,000 – $ 110,500.
Throughout her career, she has received several awards and honors. In 2019, she won two Emmy awards for her reporting following the Parkland High School shooting and the prestigious duPont-Columbia journalism award. She also earned her a Writers Guild Award in 2015 for her investigative story about fraud after Hurricane Sandy which led to a congressional investigation.
In 2020, Alfonsi and her producers won the prestigious duPont-Columbia University of Journalism Award for their reporting from the US/Mexico border. During her acceptance speech, she dedicated the award to everyone who called her a “pain in the ass”. The Alliance for Women in Media for Outstanding News/News Magazine talent recognized her with a Gracie Award in 2020.
Sharyn Alfonsi CBS News
Alfonsi works at CBS News where she works alongside other famous CBS News anchors, reporters, meteorologists, and sports anchors including;
- Norah O’Donnell
- Anthony Mason
- Enrique Acevedo
- Serena Altschul
- Jim Axelrod
- Nikki Battiste
- David Begnaud
- Manuel Bojorquez
- Rita Braver
- Nancy Chen
- Nancy Cordes
- Robert Costa
- Lee Cowan
- Jan Crawford
- Charlie D’Agata
- Adriana Diaz