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CNBC's Burnett fascinated with global economics coverage

July 21, 2008

Michele Greppi of TV Week profiles CNBC anchor Erin Burnett in the latest issue and notes her interest in covering the economy.

Erin BurnettGreppi writes, “Bloomberg News Editor in Chief Matt Winkler wrote a recommendation supporting her application to join the Council on Foreign Relations, which welcomed her recently. NBC News’ Brian Williams and Andrea Mitchell also are members.

“It’s a membership that fits perfectly with her interest in the global economy and related stories, which recently paid off for CNBC with the time-slot-winning special ‘India Rising,’ a project she conceived and fought for.

“’She really made it happen,’ said Jonathan Wald, senior VP, business news, CNBC. ‘We beat CNN and Fox. That rarely happens on a Sunday night.’

“Mr. Wald said Ms. Burnett is smart and energetic and competitive, with an arsenal of tools and traits that can’t be taught. ‘Part of it is she’s really genuine in liking what she does. That’s thing No. 1. Thing No. 2 is she thinks like a producer, and I think that’s helpful for talent.'”

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