Happy Friday, Joe Kernen! Today, the Squawk Box co-anchor is celebrating 25 years with CNBC. The network’s signature morning show surprised Kernen this morning with a video montage as well as appearances from a few special guests including Martha Stewart and Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench congratulating him on his milestone.
Prior to taking on anchoring duties, Kernen came to CNBC as an On-Air Stocks Editor in the 1991 merger with Financial News Network, having joined FNN after a 10-year career as a stockbroker.
Kernen isn’t just a Wall Street guru and the network’s resident funnyman. He received a B.A. in molecular, cellular and developmental biology from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and a graduate degree from MIT’s Center for Cancer Research, where he focused on mouse erythroleukemia cells and resulted in a series of publications in well-known scientific journals.
Here’s a look at the show’s tribute to its mainstay: