5 Questions For… Erin Burnett

By Alissa Krinsky 

Erin Burnett, of CNBC’s Squawk on the Street and Street Signs, grew up on a Maryland farm and is a Williams College graduate. She began her career at Goldman Sachs before moving on to CNN, then Citigroup’s online financial news network, and later Bloomberg Television.

1. TVNewser: The new Fox Business Network will be…
Burnett: Another competitor…and competition is exhilarating.

2. TVNewser: Growing up on a farm taught me:
Burnett: How to spend long periods of time alone and find ways to entertain myself. Some of my memories: listening to Garrison Keillor‘s Prairie Home Companion with my parents (I used to dread this but now remember those times as very peaceful)…reading…going exploring…and spending any time with my older sisters they were willing to give me!

Whenever I get the chance, I love to do something new from the small things to the more time-consuming ones. This past week I did two new things — I visited Iceland and the roof bar at the Met.

3. TVNewser: Before I go on-air, I read:
Burnett: My daily packet at the New York Stock Exchange, prior to Squawk on the Street, includes the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, Financial Times, USA Today, New York Post and Daily News. I flip through all of them, read some articles in full and check a few favorite places. Some for serious news and some for fun. I like to read the horoscopes when I have time (while my anchor Mark Haines reads the comics).

4. TVNewser: Reports of behind-the-scenes rivalry among CNBC’s on-air women are…
Burnett: Ridiculous but give us some good laughs.

5. TVNewser: My favorite memory from Williams College:
Burnett: It is impossible to pick one! But many were sports-related, as one of the things I miss most is field hockey. I remember walking up to the field house from practice with two of my former teammates, roommates and still closest friends Sarah and Melissa. Those walks involved a lot of our best conversations about topics inappropriate for TVNewser.

And there was one game in particular against my hometown college where Sarah and I each scored a goal. We were the underdogs and won 2-1. It was a moment of great pride for me!