Errol Barnett has been the face of African-American journalists throughout his career. The British-born American anchor is one of the most dynamic and versatile guys in the business. From hosting award-winning shows to delivering the daily news, Barnett has done it all. His achievements are only topped by his hard work and dedication to the job. From a turbulent childhood to one of the most successful journalists, Barnett’s story is one of change and success.
Errol Barnett was born on the 3rd of April 1983 in Milton Keynes, England. Growing up, Errol had a troubling childhood. Raised in Birmingham, Errol’s mother Pamela shares caucasian descent while his father is a Jamaican immigrant. The Barnett household came to England as a part of the Windrush generation. As Errol’s grandfather had served in the British Royal Air Force (RAF) in World War II, the family relocated to England. Errol is the youngest of the family preceded by his older brother, Danny, and a sister, Natalie.
Tragedy struck the Barnett family when Natalie passed away untimely. Sometime later, Errol’s father left the household without any explanation.
When Errol was ten years old, his mother remarried to a US Air Force Sergeant by the name of Gary Barnett. Following the marriage, the family relocated to Phoenix, Arizona. Growing up, Gary would get picked on for his race and color. His mother took a massive hit from losing a daughter and eventually went into depression.
Growing up, Errol developed a passion for journalism. After graduating high school, Errol worked in a special program created by Channel One News. Tailored towards teens, the program offered Errol a chance to work Melissa Knowles, Gotham Chopra, and other important figures in the world of Journalism.
Setting out on his own:
After working with Channel One News, Errol enrolled at the University of California and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Relations. He was also named in the list of Teen People magazine as one of the 20 teens who will have changed the world in a few years.
After graduating from college, Errol joined CNN and started working as a reporter. In the years that followed, Errol presented a rousing talk on the influence of social media in journalism. During CNN’s reporting of Barack Obama’s inauguration, Errol became a part of the most-viewed stream in history. In 2010, Errol was sent to Dubai to report on the Arab Spring movement. From 2011 to 2014, Errol hosted the CNN documentary series, Inside Africa. In midst of hosting Inside Africa, Errol was handed the position of CNN’s official correspondent in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Switching to CBS:
In 2016, Errol left CNN and joined the CBS network. This was right before the 2016 presidential election and Errol started putting in his shift right after his inauguration. He was also declared as the host CBS This Morning and CBS Evening News. Errol is currently associated with the CBS network and is one of their major anchors.
Brushing with the secret service:
In October of 2018, the world was shaken by the murder of Saudi Arabian Journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Wanting to get to the bottom of things, Errol asked the presidential advisor Jared Kushner about it. Before he could complete his question, Errol was interrupted and the matter was left at that. Even though the US secret service issued an official statement, Errol wasn’t convinced.
Errol is currently enjoying a blissful married life with South African-born TV personality Nyasha Zimucha. The pair got engaged in 2018 and tied the knot a year later. The pair are nearing their first year as a married couple and things seem to be going well so far.
Ahead of his peers, Errol has amassed a net worth of USD 1 million. With Errol’s stature growing in the industry the amount is sure to increase.