Sharon Epperson is an internationally recognized journalist, financial wellness advocate, and motivational speaker. As CNBC’s senior personal finance correspondent, Ms. Epperson covers the many facets of how people manage, grow and protect their money for the network’s television and digital properties. She also appears frequently on NBC’s Today Show, MSNBC and other media outlets. Ms. Epperson is the author of the book The Big Payoff: 8 Steps Couples Can Take the Most of Their Money - And Live Richly Ever After and was a contributing writer for The Experts’ Guide To Doing Things Faster. Her personal finance expertise has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Black Enterprise, Essence, Ebony and TIME. Preparing your finances for the unexpected is another critical (and personal) aspect of her reporting. Ms. Epperson sustained a ruptured brain aneurysm in September 2016 and nearly lost her life. She has become a staunch advocate for health and wellness issues, raising awareness about brain aneurysms and funding for research. An adjunct professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, she has also taught courses at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. Ms. Epperson received her bachelor’s degree in sociology and government from Harvard University, a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs,, and an honorary doctorate from Carlow University in Pittsburgh.