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Sharon Epperson

CNBC Senior Commodities Correspondent and Personal Finance Correspondent

As CNBC's personal finance correspondent and senior commodities correspondent, Sharon Epperson reports on personal finance for the network and also covers the global energy, metals and commodities markets from the floor of the New York Mercantile Exchange.

In addition to reporting for CNBC and CNBC.com, Epperson is a regular contributor on NBC's "Today" and Today.com and appears frequently on NBC Nightly News, MSNBC and NBC affiliates nationwide. She also frequently reports for Public Television's "Nightly Business Report," which is now produced by CNBC.

Her 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 is the winner of the Alliance for Women in Media's 2014 Gracie Award for Outstanding Online Host for her "Financial Advisor Playbook" video series on CNBC.com. She has received the Vanguard Award for her distinguished career in business and personal finance reporting from the National Urban League Guild, and the All-Star Award from the Association of Women in Communications. 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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    Predicting where oil prices are headed, after two days of losses, with Francisco Blanch, Bank of America Global Commodities Research, and Kyle Cooper, IAF Advisors, and CNBC's Sharon Epperson

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    There are just a few weeks until tax returns are due. Make sure you don't miss tax moves regarding your individual retirement accounts that could potentially reduce your tax bill.

  • $120 Oil: The Breaking Point for Consumers? Tuesday, 22 Mar 2011 | 6:32 PM ET

    Some OPEC members may see oil prices peaking at $120 a barrel  but in some parts of the U.S., oil prices are already at that level or higher. The Iraqi Oil Minister said Monday that $120 oil is an "acceptable price" that will not hinder global growth. But many analysts disagree, saying $120 is the breaking point for consumers, putting a halt to the economic recovery.

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