As CNBC's senior commodities and personal finance correspondent, Sharon Epperson covers the global energy, metals and commodities markets from the floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange and also reports on personal finance for the network, CNBC.com and other NBC Universal properties.
Epperson is a regular contributor on NBC's "Today" and appears frequently on "NBC Nightly News," MSNBC and NBC affiliates nationwide. She had often reported for Public Television's "Nightly Business Report," which is now produced by CNBC.
Her first book, "The Big Payoff: 8 Steps Couples Can Take to Make the Most of Their Money—and Live Richly Ever After," was a finalist for the Books for a Better Life Awards, honoring works that have "changed the lives of millions." She also was a contributing writer for "The Experts' Guide to Doing Things Faster."
Epperson's personal finance expertise has been featured in numerous publications, including USA Weekend, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Self, Essence, Ebony and Time, where she had covered business, culture, social issues and health as a correspondent prior to joining CNBC.
She is committed to improving financial literacy, particularly in underserved communities. She has been invited to the White House to speak about financial literacy and to moderate a public meeting of the President's Advisory Council on Financial Capability at the U.S. Treasury Department. She also speaks frequently at conferences and events for local and national organizations, colleges and universities about many facets of personal finance.
Epperson has received the Vanguard Award for her distinguished career in business and personal finance reporting from the National Urban League Guild, the All-Star Award from the Association of Women in Communications and the Gracie Allen Award from the American Women in Radio and Television for a series of reports on female CEOs. She also has won awards from the New York Festivals, the New York Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists.
An adjunct professor at Columbia University's School of International Public Affairs for more than a decade, Epperson enjoys teaching the importance of budgeting and building long-term savings as part of her course on professional development for graduate students interested in media careers.
Epperson received her bachelor's in sociology and government from Harvard University, and a master's of international affairs degree from Columbia University. A Pittsburgh native, Epperson lives with her husband and two children in Westchester County, N.Y.
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The shut down of a major Alaskan pipeline responsible for nearly 10 percent of US crude oil output for a second day has resulted in another black-eye for BP, many analysts say, but it could also have ramifications for other oil producers as well as crude oil prices in the days and weeks ahead.
Next week could prove to be another difficult one for commodity bulls. So far in 2011, we certainly have haven't seen the same upward momentum we saw in commodities in the last few months of last year.
The risk trade is definitely off Tuesday. Volatility has exploded as traders take profits. Bears are firmly in control at the start of 2011, as some traders may see the market as having come too far, too fast. Some see a seasonal pattern; a technical correction; and then there's market sentiment. (Updated)
Oil prices are at their highest level in 27 months. But for long-term investors, putting your money on oil futures may not reward you even if oil prices continue to rise.
There are as many ways of saving for higher education as there are majors at college. CNBC's Sharon Epperson offers a few of them in this excert from her book “The Big Payoff: 8 Steps Couples Can Take To Make The Most of Their Money – And Live Richly Ever After.”
There are some simple steps you can take now that could put more money in your pocket—or at least reduce the amount you'll owe to Uncle Sam.
After plowing money into 401(k)'s and IRAs for decades, struggling over which investments to choose and how best to boost your returns, the time does come, eventually, to withdraw those funds. Here, tips on how to proceed.
Investors rushing headlong into precious metals likely took pause Wednesday as gold and silver prices plunged sharply, with gold futures losing $30 an ounce and silver plunging 5 percent so far on the day.