Errol Barnett joined CBS News as a Washington-based correspondent in June 2016 and contributes to all CBS News broadcasts and platforms including the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley,” “CBS This Morning” and “Face the Nation.”
His early reporting for the network has taken him to Peru to cover Barack Obama’s final overseas trip as President, to Congress for Donald Trump’s first visit as President-elect, and along the United States’ southeast coastline during Hurricane Matthew.
Initially reporting on the 2016 Presidential election, Barnett joined CBS News with extensive experience anchoring and reporting from around the world. His recent work ranges from covering elections in the U.K. to protests in Ferguson, Missouri and the death of South African President Nelson Mandela.
Before joining CBS News, Barnett anchored weekday editions of “CNN Newsroom” airing on CNN and CNN International. Prior to anchoring from its Atlanta headquarters, the network deployed Barnett as a general assignment correspondent to Johannesburg, South Africa and to Abu Dhabi, U.A.E as a midday anchor.
While anchoring from the Middle East, Barnett was part of CNN’s 2011 Peabody Award winning coverage of the “Arab Spring.”
He also hosted CNNI’s weekly series “Inside Africa” for which he reported from 22 countries on the continent in 24 months including Madagascar, Senegal and Tunisia. His work earned the program a Salute to Excellence award from the National Association of Black Journalists.
His journalism career began in 2001 at Channel One News, where, at age 18, he was the Los Angeles based network’s youngest anchor and reporter. Barnett covered the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, then-Senator Barack Obama’s first national speech, and the New England heroin epidemic, among other stories.
Barnett earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science with a focus on international relations from the University of California, Los Angeles. A native of England, Barnett is a member of Alpha Kappa Psi and NABJ, and enjoys honing his photography skills.