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Sharyn Alfonsi

2018 and 2022 Speaker

SHARYN ALFONSI was the 2020 winner of the On-Air Talent National TV Gracie Award. The veteran journalist has appeared on 60 Minutes since 2015. The 2022-’23 season is her ninth with the broadcast. Her recent reporting on the handling of one of the earliest recorded coronavirus super-spreader events, a cruise aboard the Costa Luminosa, was one of 60 Minutes most memorable pandemic segments. Her report on the migration crisis on the U.S.-Mexican Border in April 2019 was recognized with a Columbia University-du Pont Silver baton in January 2020. She also interviewed Samuel Little in 2019, thought to be the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history. Alfonsi’s story on the students who survived the Parkland, Florida, school shooting won an Emmy. In 2017, Alfonsi’s investigation of the misuse of jailhouse informants in Orange County, California, drew national attention to a criminal justice system scandal. Alfonsi 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. 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 was an award-winning reporter and substitute anchor for WBZ-TV, the CBS-owned station in Boston. Alfonsi grew up near Washington, D.C. She graduated from the University of Mississippi, Oxford, in 1994 with a BS in political science and journalism studies. She lives in Austin, Texas.