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.

Follow Sharon Epperson on Twitter @sharon_epperson.


  • Gold Finishes Moderately Lower

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson has an update on the metals market.

  • The massive storm approaches the East Coast on Friday morning.

    The storm pounding the Northeast is pushing fuel prices higher, hitting consumers with a one-two punch that may send some of over the financial brink.

  • Winter Storm 'Nemo' Update

    With the Northeast preparing for the snow storm, natural gas futures plummeted nearly 4 percent on Thursday, falling 13 cents to a session low of $3.28 per million BTUs after a government report showed a smaller-than-expected decline in weekly gas supplies.

  • Gold Trapped In Tight Range

    Gold is settling moderately lower, but still well off of its lows of the session, reports CNBC's Sharon Epperson.

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  • Natural Gas Inventories Down 118 BCF

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson reports the latest nat gas numbers from the EIA Inventory Report.

  • Mixed Metals Market

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson reports the price of gold is basically where it started at the beginning of 2013.

  • U.S. refiners are the clear winners in the recent rally--but at consumers' expense. If gas prices stay at $3.60 or higher for the rest of the month, it will cost consumers an extra $10 billion in the first quarter.

  • Gold Closes For the Day

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson reports gold is closing above its technical support level, and RBC's George Gero said buyers are "nibbling" at longer-term gold contracts.

  • Hot Energy Stocks

    Energy stocks still a hot play? Paul Sankey, Deutsche Bank research analyst, weighs in.

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