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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  • CNBC update: Baghdad bombings, Australian raids

    A wave of bombings strike outdoor markets in Shiite dominated neighborhoods of Baghdad; world leaders in Vienna look to shore up a shaky truce in Syria; Australian counter-terrorism police carry out raids across Melbourne, reports CNBC's Sharon Epperson.

  • Airplane landing

    Summer airfare will be cheapest in about seven years. The trick is knowing when to fly and when to buy.

  • Save money when booking a vacation

    Figuring out travel plans and hunting for the lowest prices can be stressful, but CNBC’s Sharon Epperson has a few tips for travelers to cut costs as they plan their next getaway.

  • CNBC update: Calling on China to level economic playing field

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson reports the latest headlines including the National Transportation Safety Board concluding Philadelphia Amtrak crash was caused by a distracted engineer, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew urging China to implement economic reforms to help insure fairness for U.S. exporters.

  • CNBC update: Bid for Calif. cigarette tax hike

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson reports the latest headlines including momentum growing behind a ballot measure in California to raise the state's cigarette tax, and the opening of the world's first Burger King-themed spa in Finland.

  • CNBC update: Sanders in PR

    Secretary of State John Kerry says the U.S. will back Libya in the global fight against ISIS and other terror groups; Bernie Sanders is rallying supporters in Puerto Rico; and Ryanair says it will cut the amount it invests in Britain if the country votes to leave the EU, reports CNBC's Sharon Epperson.

  • CNBC update: Mayor blasts Trump

    A 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck north of Tokyo; the Mayor of London described Donald Trump's views on Islam as ignorant, after Trump challenged Sadiq Khan to take an IQ test; and police are searching for Irish singer Sinead O'Connor, reports CNBC's Sharon Epperson.

  • CNBC update: Medal of Valor

    President Obama honored 13 law enforcement officers presenting the Medal of Valor at a White House ceremony Monday; Sec. of State John Kerry is in Vienna to host talks on Libya; and Brazilians marched in support of Dilma Rousseff after the impeachment vote, reports CNBC's Sharon Epperson.

  • CNBC update: Indonesia floods

    Rescuers are finding bodies of people that went missing in rain-triggered floods and landslides in Indonesia; and the British Royals announced a campaign to tackle mental health problems in the United Kingdom, reports CNBC's Sharon Epperson.

  • CNBC update: Kerry in Austria, Trump on British TV

    Secretary of State John Kerry meeting with Libya’s Prime Minister in Vienna; Donald Trump tells Britain’s ITV television if elected as President he is unlikely to have a good relationship with David Cameron, reports CNBC's Sharon Epperson.

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