2016 TVNewser Bracket Challenge… Who’s In?

By Tim Baysinger 

The TVNewser Bracket Challenge is back for its 8th year as the 2016 NCAA college basketball tournament tips off this afternoon with Duke taking on UNC-Wilmington on CBS. Defending champion Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson is back in it to win it, so is 2011 winner Dominic Chu. CNBC’s Squawk Box is well represented, as anchors Becky Quick, Joe Kernen, Andrew Ross Sorkin, and substitute anchor Kayla Tausche will take on senior producer Anne Tironi and executive producer Sandy Cannold. CNN’s At the Hour anchors John Berman and Kate Bolduana are also competing for bragging rights.

Top seeded Kansas is getting the most love, but Indiana, North Carolina, Kentucky, Oregon, Xavier and Virginia have all been picked to cut down the nets in Houston. There was no love for last year’s Champion, Duke however.

With 90 minutes to go until brackets need to be complete, here’s who’s in. We’ll keep you updated on who’s leading throughout the tourney.

  • Team CNBC

Eric Chemi, Sr. Editor at Large, Data Journalism

Joe Kernen, co-host, Squawk Box

Jessica Golden, senior field producer

Brian Sullivan, co-anchor, Power Lunch

Andrew Ross Sorkin, co-anchor, Squawk Box

Tyler Mathisen, co-hosts Power Lunch and Nightly Business Report

Dominic Chu, markets reporter

Sandy Cannold, EP, Squawk Box

Todd Bonin, EP, Squawk on the Street & Squawk Alley

Wilfred Frost, co-anchor, Worldwide Exchange

Becky Quick, co-anchor, Squawk Box and On the Money

Sara Eisen, co-anchor, Squawk on the Street and Worldwide Exchange

Kayla Tausche, co-anchor Squawk Alley

Anne Tironi, executive producer, Worldwide Exchange


  • Team NBC/MSNBC

Steve Kornacki, political correspondent, MSNBC

Janelle Rodriguez, svp, editorial, NBC News/head of MSNBC dayside


  • Team Fox News

Gretchen Carlson, host, The Real Story

Kristin Fisher, Washington Correspondent

Jared Max, sports reporter, Fox New Headlines


  • Fox Business

Trish Regan, host, The Intelligence Report

Jo Ling Kent, Reporter

Blake Burman, Washington Correspondent


  • Team CNN

Alisyn Camerota, co-anchor, New Day

John Berman, co-anchor, Early Start and At This Hour

Kate Bolduan, co-anchor, At this Hour

Bill Weir, host, The Wonder List


  • Team HLN

Bob Van Dillen, meteorologist, Morning Express

Jen Westhoven, correspondent, Morning Express

Mike Galanos, correspondent, Morning Express

Robin Meade, anchor, Morning Express


  • Team Bloomberg

Tom Keene, editor-at-large for Bloomberg Television & Radio and host of Bloomberg Surveillance

David Gura, anchor, Bloomberg Markets

Scarlet Fu, anchor, Bloomberg Markets


  • Team TVNewser/Adweek

Tim Baysinger, digital media reporter, Adweek