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Sharyn Alfonsi

2018 Speaker

SHARYN ALFONSI has contributed reports to 60 Minutes since 2015. Her investigation of the misuse of jailhouse informants in Orange County, CA, drew national attention to a criminal justice system scandal. Another 2017 story on the success of a rural Mississippi school’s chess team flipped a common stereotype. In her first 60 Minutes report, she revealed that the Federal Emergency Management Agency was aware its insurance companies had committed fraud against Hurricane Sandy victims. Alfonsi also reported on climate change, cyber security and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) among combat veterans.  Alfonsi also works on the sports edition of 60 Minutes. She came from ABC News where she was a New York-based reporter for five years who appeared regularly on all of the division’s platforms. For World News Tonight, she revealed that uniforms to be worn by US Olympic athletes were made in China. Reporting for Nightline, she showed the often cruel world of the puppy mill industry, exposing factory-like breeding facilities in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. 

Before her time at ABC, Alfonsi had been a CBS News correspondent based in New York since July 2004, and was the lead correspondent on many domestic and international stories. Alfonsi covered the school shootings at Virginia Tech and reported for all CBS News broadcasts. In 2006, she reported from the Israel-Lebanon border covering the war with Hezbollah and later, the violence in Gaza. Alfonsi also covered the war in Iraq. Upon her return from Baghdad, she covered Hurricane Katrina and stayed in New Orleans for more than a month reporting on the recovery and rebuilding efforts. Before being promoted to CBS News correspondent, Alfonsi was a freelance correspondent for the CBS Evening News weekend edition, Up to the Minute and CBS Newspath. Alfonsi was also an award-winning reporter and substitute anchor for WBZ-TV, the CBS-owned station in Boston. Prior to that, she was a reporter for KIRO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Seattle, Washington, and was also a general assignment reporter for WVEC–TV Norfolk, VA.  She began her career in broadcast journalism at KHBS-TV in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Alfonsi graduated from the University of Mississippi, Oxford, in 1994 with a BS in political science and journalism studies.  @sharyn_alfonsi