CNN anchor Erin Burnett has faced a few controversies

By: Max Smith  |   | 

Erin Isabelle Burnett began her career with Goldman Sachs where she served as a financial analyst on their mergers and acquisitions. Her career debut was followed by a role of writer and booker for CNN’s program. However, she only had a brief spell there as she moved to CitiMedia, a digital media group of Citigroup to serve as their vice president. 

After several short-lived jobs, Burnett kicked off her television career from Bloomberg Television in 2003, which brought a significant rise in her career. In her two-year-long association with the channel, she served as Stocks Editor and an anchor prior to hosting Bloomberg on the Markets which aired from 2003–2005. After a successful start to her TV career, she joined CNBC in 2005. 

In her time with CNBC Burnett established herself as a visionary and dedicated journalist. She spent a total of six years with the TV channel where she served as a host of Street Signs and as a co-host of Squawk on the Street from 2005 to 2011.

Moreover, she garnered attention through her documentaries. City of Money & Mystery (2008), India Rising: The New Empire (2008), The Russian Gamble (2008) and On Assignment: Iraq (2010) are some of her notable works as a documentarian. 

On 3 October 2011, Erin returned to CNN to host her own show called Erin Burnett OutFront. Her prime-time news program is still running, proving her decision to re-join the mega-news channel to be fruitful. In fact, her whole career can be termed successful which has seen her acquire an estimated net worth of 12 million dollars. Reportedly, she receives an annual salary of 3 million dollars from CNN.

No wonder, Erin Burnett has achieved huge fame from her job as an anchor but she has also landed some controversies. It was on 5 August 2009 that she first became a part of a controversy when she addressed the Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd as a serial killer while discussing his plans to kill Australian feral camels with co-host Jim Cramer. She stated that her comment was a joke the next day.

Her latest controversy came on 4 October 2011 when she mocked the Wall Street protesters. Glenn Greenwald, an American lawyer and journalist, even claimed that Burnett made a biased reporting. CNN responded to the criticism as, “We support Erin and the OutFront team and we respect that there will be a range of opinions on any given story.


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