Sharon Epperson

Sharon Epperson

Sharon Epperson
CNBC Senior Personal Finance Correspondent

As CNBC's senior personal finance correspondent, Sharon Epperson covers the many facets of how people manage, grow and protect their money. Her expertise includes saving and investing for retirement, paying for college, managing mortgage, student loan, credit card and other debt, and building a financial legacy through estate planning.

Epperson was named one of the "Best Personal Finance Experts of 2014." In addition to reporting for CNBC and CNBC Digital, she hosts the weekly original CNBC Digital video program, "Retire Well". She also appears regularly on the syndicated program On the Money and Public Television's Nightly Business Report. Both shows are produced by CNBC. Epperson is also a regular contributor on NBC's Today, NBC Nightly News, MSNBC and NBC affiliates nationwide.

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.

Her personal finance expertise has been featured in numerous publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, USA Weekend, Self, Essence, Ebony and TIME, where she had covered business, culture, social issues and health as a correspondent prior to joining CNBC.

She 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 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.

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.

She is an adjunct professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and School of International and Public Affairs. She also enjoys teaching the importance of budgeting and building long-term savings as part of her courses 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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  • Making the most of military benefits

    CNBC’s Sharon Epperson explains how military families can maximize their benefits and save more for retirement.

  • Playing the energy sell off

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson interviews portfolio managers John Maloney, David Pearl and Nick Galluccio about their energy stock picks given today's market.

  • Social Security

    Couples can maximize Social Security benefits by filing a "restricted application," adding thousands of dollars in retirement income.

  • Social Security

    There is still time left to maximize your Social Security benefits using a strategy many couples are unaware of and could add thousands of dollars to your retirement income. It’s called "restricted application" and Sharon Epperson explains how you can take advantage.

  • Millennial student computer

    With the cost of attending a four-year public university topping $34,000, more students are turning to online education as a cheaper choice.

  • Online degrees save money, boost careers

    Online degree universities are not what they used to be, and more students are taking advantage of new and improved programs to earn their diploma.

  • CNBC update: Gay marriage proposed in Mexico

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson reports the latest headlines including the Senate paving the way for $1.1 billion in funding for the fight against the Zika virus, and Mexico's president proposing the legalization of gay marriage in the country.

  • CNBC update: Quaker Oats recall

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson reports the latest headlines including the Justice Department announcing a review of the North Charleston police department, and Quaker Oats Company recalling some granola bars due to listeria concerns.

  • CNBC update: Airstrikes on ISIS video

    The National Transportation Safety Board held a hearing to announce the probable cause of last year's Amtrak train crash in Philly; the U.S. has eased some sanctions on Myanmar; and the Defense Department released video showing airstrikes on ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria in April, reports CNBC's Sharon Epperson.

  • CNBC update: Bergdahl hearing

    North Korea names its new foreign minister; U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrived at his pre-trial hearing at Fort Bragg; and the Washington Monument has reopened after being shut down since Saturday due to elevator problems, reports CNBC's Sharon Epperson.

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