Sharyl Attkisson is a renowned American writer and an investigative journalist, widely popular for reporting on tough and controversial topics. She is a five-time Emmy Award winner and was awarded Radio Television Digital News Association Edward R. Murrow Award for her splendid work in investigative reporting. She has also been the host of the show: Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson.
Sharyl Attkisson Bio: Age, Early Life, Parents, Education
She was born on January 26, 1961, in St. Petersburg, Florida, United States, and raised in Sarasota, Florida. She has graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism from The University of Florida in 1982. After marrying James Attkisson in 1984 and giving birth to a daughter, she settled in Washington, D.C.
Sharyl Attkisson Career Details
She started her career as a broadcast journalist in 1982 as a reporter in PBS station, Gainesville, Florida. Before that, she has worked at the campus radio station, WRUF, of the university from which she has graduated, as a reporter in 1980. For the period of 1982 to 1990, she worked for various TV stations including WTTVX-TV Fort Pierce, Florida (1982-1985), WBNS-TV, Columbus, Ohio (1985-1986), and WTVT, Tampa, Florida (1986-1990). Later she joined CNN for 3 years while serving as an anchor and reporter for CNN. She left CNN and joined the network of CBS in 1993, where she initially worked as an anchor for the news TV show “Up to the Minute before” but later worked as an investigative journalist. She left CBS news after 21 years working for that channel in 2014.
From 1993 to 1997, she has also been a part of the Advisory Board of the University of Florida and in the year 1996, she was made the chairwoman.
For her tremendous work in the field of journalism and reporting, she was given several awards, including the prestigious Emmy Award and the Edward R. Murrow award. She has also been nominated for various Emmy awards repeatedly for her excellent work as a reporter and investigative journalism, out of which she has won five Emmy awards. Other than that, she has received the New York Black Journalists Association public service award, a Mature Media National Award, a Florida Emmy Award, a Sigma Delta Chi Award, and a Florida Communicator’s Award at the very start of her career.
In 2000, Attkisson was given an Investigative Reporters and Editors (I.R.E.) Finalist award for her work on Dangerous Drugs, in which she reported on safety issues with prescription medicine and vaccines. She was awarded her first Emmy award in 2002 for her work as an Investigative Journalist and reporting mismanagement at Red Cross via a series of exclusive reports. In 2002 and 2005, she was part of the news team when they were awarded RTNDA-Edward R. Murrow Award for the team’s overall excellent work. Later in the year 2008, she was awarded another Emmy award for her work for the Troubled Asset Relief Program and the bank bailout. In the year 2012, she received the Emmy for Investigative Journalism and the RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for the reporting work done for Gun walker: Fast and Furious story. In 2013, she received another Emmy Award for her brave reporting on The Business of Congress, which included an undercover investigation into fundraising by Republican freshmen.
She has also penned down two books that have become New York Times bestsellers. One in 2014 named Stonewalled: One Reporter’s Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington and another in the year 2017 titled The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote. Her recent book is published by Harper Collins in the year 2020 named: Slanted: How the News Media Taught Us to Love Censorship and Hate Journalism.
She has delivered two popular TEDx talks: her first talk on the topic of “Is Fake News Real?” in 2017 and second on the topic of “Astroturf and Manipulation of Media Messages” in 2015. They both garnered 3.5 million-plus views combined.
Sharyl Attkisson has also flown in a B-52 and F-15 fighter jet during her work as a reporter. She is immensely talented and has also been a fourth-degree black belt in Taekwondo. She also has her own website where she posts news blog.