NICOLE LAPIN is known for being the youngest anchor ever at CNN and then going on to claim the same title at CNBC, where she anchored “Worldwide Exchange” and contributed to “Morning Joe” and “The Today Show.” In 2011, she launched her own production company, Nothing But Gold Productions, which produces accessible financial content across multiple platforms. She is the host of a new show, “Recessionista,” on Carlos Slim’s network ORA TV, based on her wildly successful website by the same name. Nicole has also served as an anchor and special correspondent for Bloomberg TV. She regularly appears as a financial expert on CNN, “Entertainment Tonight” and talk shows, including “The Wendy Williams Show.”
The child of a former Nobel Prize nominee and a beauty queen, it is easy to see where Nicole gets her brains and her beauty. But after the death of her father at an early age, this first generation American needed to make her own name. She went on to create her niche as one of the brightest young starsin media today. At just 21, Nicole was tapped as one of the first anchors to launch CNN Pipeline. She served as a reporter for all of CNN’s networks, including CNN/U.S., CNN Headline News and CNN International. With the idea that there are other young people like herself defying convention, Nicole launched a series called “Young People Who Rock.” Each week, she profiled a different person under 30, from community leaders to politicians and entrepreneurs. Her columns appeared on CNN.com every week, with broadcast interviews to follow.
Utilizing her unique and conversational communication style, Nicole made a name for herself anchoring breaking news coverage of the crisis in Egypt, the Mumbai terror attacks, the assassination of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, the Hudson River plane crash and the Virginia Tech shootings. During the election season, she anchored political coverage of the major presidential debates, conventions and results nights, including Super Tuesday and election night, and inauguration. During the 2008 campaign, she also authored a chapter in the book, Declare Yourself: Speak. Connect. Act. Vote. 50 Celebrated Americans Tell You Why.
During her tenure at CNBC, Nicole reported on the US financial crisis, the European Debt Crisis, the Japanese earthquake and the death of Osama bin Laden. She was acclaimed for anchoring the early morning show during market gyrations and reporting for other network shows like “The Kudlow Report.” She produced and anchored special series including “Made in America” and “States of Pain.” She also penned op-eds for USA Today and CNBC.com.
Prior to CNN, Nicole worked as a business and technology reporter on the floor of major stock exchanges for First Business Network. She also paid her dues as an investigative reporter and local news anchor at three CBS affiliate stations across the country, contributing to bringing wrongful convictions in Chicago to light, which ultimately lead to a moratorium on executions in the state. For her reporting, she has picked up accolades from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Association of Women Journalists and Society of Professional Journalists, and the Radio Television News Directors Association, among others. She was also honored with a “Power 30 under 30″ Award.
Expanding her reach as a positive young figure, Nicole created a campaign called “Being Smart is Cool” in partnership with the Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation. Nicole also served as an ambassador for other youth-driven organizations, including Operation Smile and DoSomething. In 2011, Nicole launched her own charity, Lost Girls, to offer young women with gently-worn career attire and advice. She also serves on the board for Women in Need, a New York City-based charity for homeless women and children.
Nicole studied European Union politics at L’Institut d’Études Politique de Paris. She graduated summa cum laude and as valedictorian of her class from the prestigious Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, also earning honors for a second major in political science.
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