Hampton Pearson is CNBC's Washington, D.C., reporter covering economic, financial and political news from the nation's capital. Since joining CNBC in the summer of 1995, Pearson has reported extensively on the Microsoft anti-trust trial, provided the first live reports of the Capital Hill shooting of two police officers and had in-depth coverage of the nationwide United Parcel Service strike. In addition, Pearson regularly reports on the White House, Congress, the Federal Reserve, and a host of legislative and regulatory issues of vital concern to CNBC viewers.
In 2004, Pearson was nominated for a Business News Emmy Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, for a series of reports on medical device technology.
Prior to joining CNBC, Pearson was chief political reporter for WBZ-TV in Boston from 1987 to 1995, covering local, state and national politics, as well as world events. Additionally, he has been a reporter/producer for the Washington bureau of CBS News and reporter/bureau chief for KRON-TV, San Francisco, where he won a local Emmy Award for Best News Feature in 1984. Pearson has also been a weekend anchor in Milwaukee and San Francisco. He has been covering key presidential news events, including campaigns, inaugurations and summit meetings since 1976.
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"The court has upheld the individual mandate as a tax but not a penalty," reports CNBC's Hampton Pearson, and a look at the high court's decision to rely on the ability of Congress to tax, with Miller Baker, McDermott Will & Emery attorney. Also, CNBC's Bertha Coombs provides a look at how the ruling impacts the health care industry.
CNBC's Hampton Pearson reports the Supreme Court upholds some parts of the controversial immigration law, and rejects others.
CNBC's Hampton Pearson breaks down the disappointing data on the latest jobs numbers from the Labor Department, and reaction from Mark Zandi, Moody's Analytics chief economist; Diane Swonk, Mesirow Financial chief economist; Austan Goolsbee, former Council of Economic Advisers chairman; and CNBC's Rick Santelli and Steve Liesman.
CNBC's Hampton Pearson reports the latest details on the fate of a missing Chinese human rights activist, and discussing whether the dissident case threatens to overshadow U.S.-China talks, with Gordon Chang, "The Coming Collapse of China" author.