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Errol Barnett

Errol Barnett is an award-winning CBS News Streaming Network anchor and national correspondent based at the network’s headquarters in New York City. He holds a distinct perspective on global events through a reporting career spanning more than two decades and five continents. Barnett appears regularly across all CBS News programs and platforms and has anchored several CBS Special Reports.


From live coverage of the Supreme Court ruling ending Roe vs. Wade and the death of Queen Elizabeth II to exchanges with Presidents Joe Biden, Donald Trump and the U.S. Secret Service, Barnett regularly presses for answers on the biggest issues of our time from wherever they happen. 


At noon eastern each Wednesday and Thursday viewers can catch Barnett discussing important developments while anchoring CBS News from Studio 57. He can also be seen filling-in as a co-host on CBS MORNINGS, CBS SATURDAY MORNING and the CBS WEEKEND NEWS. Barnett previously anchored “CNN Newsroom” from Atlanta and a midday news-hour from Abu Dhabi, UAE during the network’s Peabody Award-winning coverage of the Arab Spring. 


Among other accolades, Barnett was part of CBS MORNINGS 2022 Emmy win, and was bestowed an NABJ Salute to Excellence Award as host of CNN’s “Inside Africa” while he was based in Johannesburg, South Africa. In the span of two years, Barnett hosted the feature magazine from 22 countries across both hemispheres including Madagascar, Tunisia, Namibia and Senegal.


Since first joining CBS in 2016, Barnett covered some of the most important beats from the network’s Washington, D.C. bureau. Assigned to the White House on weekends, he was with President Barack Obama during his final overseas trip and questioned President Donald Trump several times on the South Lawn and aboard Air Force One about threats against journalists and other pressing topics. In the thick of the 2020 presidential campaign, Barnett’s interview with then-candidate and Vice President Joe Biden regarding cognition was widely cited. 


More recently as a transportation correspondent, Barnett regularly interviewed Secretary Pete Buttigeig and trekked to transit hubs across the country revealing the Coronavirus pandemic’s upheaval of the airline industry and supply chains. 


Intrepid field reporting in challenging conditions is evident through Barnett’s coverage of Hurricane Dorian. He was the only network journalist to fly with Hurricane Hunters through the category five storm as it stalled over the Bahamas. Revealing the impact of climate change, he reported extensively from Grand Bahama Island, his crew also without electricity or running water, documenting the survivors and aftermath.


Barnett began his journalism career at age 18 after being hired in Los Angeles as Channel One News’ youngest anchor and reporter. Barnett covered the 9/11 terrorist attacks, then-Senator Barack Obama's first national speech, interviewed Congressman John Lewis and detailed the New England heroin epidemic.


While studying at UCLA, Barnett earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with a focus on international relations. Born and raised in England, Barnett is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors, SAG/AFTRA, the Society of Professional Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists. He lives in New York with his wife and dog.