Sharyl Attkisson

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Sharyl Attkisson
Attkisson on USAF B-52 in 1999, one of the first journalists to fly on a combat mission over Kosovo
Born1961 (age 52–53)
Sarasota, Florida, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Florida
OccupationInvestigative correspondent
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Sharyl Attkisson
Attkisson on USAF B-52 in 1999, one of the first journalists to fly on a combat mission over Kosovo
Born1961 (age 52–53)
Sarasota, Florida, U.S.
EducationUniversity of Florida
OccupationInvestigative correspondent

Sharyl Attkisson (born 1961)[1] is an American investigative correspondent formerly in the Washington bureau for CBS News. She has also substituted as anchor for the CBS Evening News. She resigned from CBS News on March 10, 2014 after 21 years with the network.

Early life[edit]

Attkisson was born in Florida.[2] Her step-father is an orthopedic surgeon and her brother is an emergency room physician. Attkisson graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in broadcast journalism in 1982.[3]


Attkisson began her broadcast journalism career in 1982 as a reporter at WUFT-TV, the PBS station in Gainesville, Florida. She later worked as an anchor and reporter at WTVX-TV Fort Pierce/West Palm Beach, Florida from 1982-85, WBNS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Columbus, Ohio from 1985-86, and WTVT Tampa, Florida (1986-90).[4]


From 1990 to 1993, Attkisson was an anchor for CNN. She also was a key anchor for CBS space exploration coverage in 1993.[5] Attkisson left CNN in 1993,[6] moving to CBS, where she anchored the television news broadcast CBS News Up to the Minute and became an investigative correspondent based in Washington D.C.[4] In addition, Attkisson served on the University of Florida's Journalism College Advisory Board (1993-97) and was its chair in 1996.[4] The University of Florida gave her an Outstanding Achievement Award in 1997. From 1997 to 2003, Attkisson simultaneously hosted CBS News Up to the Minute and the PBS Health news magazine HealthWeek.[7]


Attkisson received an Investigative Reporters and Editors (I.R.E.) Finalist award for Dangerous Drugs in 2000.[8] In 2001, Attkisson received an Investigative Emmy Award nomination for Firestone Tire Fiasco from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.[9] In 2002, Attkisson co-authored a college textbook titled Writing Right for Broadcast and Internet News .[10] That same year, Attkisson won a 2002 Emmy Award for her Investigative Journalism about the American Red Cross.[4] The award was presented in New York City on September 10, 2002.[11] Attkisson was part of the CBS News team that received RTNDA-Edward R. Murrow Awards in 2005 for Overall Excellence.[8]

In 2006, Attkisson served as Capitol Hill correspondent for CBS.[12] That led to her being one of a small number of female anchors covering the 2006 midterms.[13] Attkisson was part of the CBS News team that received RTNDA-Edward R. Murrow Awards in 2008 for Overall Excellence.[8] During the George W. Bush administration she exposed funding problems and in 2008 discovered that Hillary Clinton's claim that she dodged sniper fire in Bosnia was unfounded.[14] In 2009, Attkisson won an Investigative Emmy Award for Business and Financial Reporting for her exclusive reports on the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and the bank bailout.[8] The award was presented on December 7 at Fordham University's Lincoln Center Campus in New York City.[15]


Attkisson returned to the University of Florida as a keynote speaker at the College of Journalism and Communications in 2010.[3] That same year, Attkisson received an Emmy Award nomination for her investigations into members of Congress, and she also received a 2010 Emmy Award nomination for her investigation into waste of tax dollars.[16] In July 2011, Attkisson was nominated for an Emmy Award for her Follow the Money investigations into Congressional travel to the Copenhagen climate summit, and problems with aid to Haiti earthquake victims.[17][8]

In 2012, CBS News accepted an Investigative Reporting Award given to Attkisson's reporting on ATF's Fast and Furious gunwalker controversy. The award was from Accuracy in Media, a politically conservative American, non-profit news media watchdog group, and was presented at a Conservative Political Action Conference.[18] In June 2012, Attkisson's investigative reporting for the Gunwalker story also won the CBS Evening News the Radio and Television News Directors Association's National Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Video Investigative Reporting. The award was presented October 8, 2012 in New York City.[19] Additionally, in July 2012, Attkisson's Gunwalker: Fast and Furious reporting received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Investigative Journalism.[20]

In 2012 Attkisson's reporting on vaccines was criticized by medical experts such as David Gorski and Steven Salzberg as promoting pseudoscientific theories about an alleged link between autism and vaccines.[21][22][23]

On March 10, 2014, Attkisson resigned from CBS News, reportedly due to frustration over what she perceived to be the network's liberal bias and lack of dedication to investigative reporting, as well as issues she had with the network’s corporate partners. She is working on a book tentatively called Stonewalled: One Reporter’s Fight for Truth in Obama’s Washington regarding the difficulties of reporting critically about the administration.[24][14][25]

Personal life[edit]

Attkisson has reached third degree black belt in taekwondo.[2] She is married and has a daughter.[26]


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  5. ^ Hogan, Alfred. "Televising the Space Age: A descriptive chronology of CBS News special coverage of space exploration from 1957 to 2003" (PDF). University of Maryland. p. 260. Retrieved June 29, 2011. 
  6. ^ "TV Notes". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May 28, 1993. p. 42. Retrieved June 29, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Sharyl Attkisson – About This Person". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved June 29, 2011. 
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  10. ^ "Writing Right for Broadcast and Internet News". Pearson Higher Education. Retrieved June 29, 2011. 
  11. ^ "23rd Annua; News & Documentary Emmy Awards - With Prominent 9/11 Coverage". Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Sharyl Attkisson Is Named Cbs News Capitol Hill Correspondent". CBS Corporation. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  13. ^ Stanley, Alessandra (November 8, 2006). "Election Coverage Still a Men’s Club". The New York Times (The New York Times Company). Retrieved June 29, 2011. 
  14. ^ a b Pavlich, Katie (March 10, 2014). "Citing Liberal Bias, Investigative Reporter Sharyl Attkisson Resigns From CBS News". Townhall. Retrieved March 10, 2014. 
  15. ^ "7th ANNUAL BUSINESS & FINANCIAL EMMY AWARDS - NOMINATIONS". Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Full List of Nominations for the 2010 News and Documentary Emmy Awards : In Depth : TVWeek - Television Industry news, TV ratings, analysis, celebrity event photos". TVWeek. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
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  18. ^ "Loesch, Attkisson to receive AIM awards". February 7, 2012. Retrieved February 10, 2012. 
  19. ^ "2012 National Edward R. Murrow Award Winners". Radio Television Digital News Association. Retrieved June 13, 2012. 
  20. ^ "The Emmy Awards - - 33rd Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards nominations". Retrieved August 30, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Vaccines and autism: a new scientific review". April 1, 2011. Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  22. ^ "Sharyl Attkisson". Retrieved June 25, 2014. 
  23. ^ Salzberg, Steven (July 23, 2012). "Anti-Vaccine Movement Causes The Worst Whooping Cough Epidemic In 70 Years". Retrieved July 26, 2012. 
  24. ^ Byers, Dylan (March 10, 2014). "Sharyl Attkisson resigns from CBS News". POLITICO. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  25. ^ Macneal, Caitlin (March 10, 2014). "CBS Investigative Reporter Sharyl Attkisson Resigns From Network". Talking Points Memo. Retrieved March 11, 2014. 
  26. ^ "Biography : Sharyl Attkisson". Retrieved March 11, 2014. 

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