Sharyl Attkisson is a nonpartisan investigative journalist, five-time Emmy Award winner, and recipient of the Edward R. Murrow award for investigative reporting. She is author of two New York Times best sellers: “The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think and How You Vote,” and “Stonewalled.” She is host of the Sunday morning national TV news program, Sinclair’s “Full Measure,” which focuses on investigative and accountability reporting.
For thirty years, Attkisson was a correspondent and anchor at CBS News, PBS, CNN and in local news.
In 2013, she received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for her reporting on “The Business of Congress,” which included an undercover investigation into fundraising by Republican freshmen. She received two other Emmy nominations in 2013 for “Benghazi: Dying for Security” and “Green Energy Going Red.” Additionally, Attkisson received a 2013 Daytime Emmy Award as part of the CBS Sunday Morning team’s entry for Outstanding Morning Program for her report: “Washington Lobbying: K-Street Behind Closed Doors.”
In September 2012, Attkisson received the Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism and the RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting for the “Gunwalker: Fast and Furious” story.
Attkisson received an Investigative Emmy Award in 2009 for her exclusive investigations into TARP and the bank bailout. She received an Investigative Emmy Award in 2002 for her series of exclusive reports about mismanagement at the Red Cross.
Attkisson also received Emmy nominations for her investigations into Firestone tires (2001), prescription drug and vaccine dangers (2003), investigating aid to Haiti earthquake victims (2011) and Follow the Money (2011).
Attkisson is one of the few journalists to have flown in a B-52 on a combat mission (over Kosovo) and in an F-15 fighter jet Combat Air Patrol flight. She is a fourth degree black belt in TaeKwonDo.
Previously, Attkisson hosted a medical news magazine on PBS called “HealthWeek,” anchored for CNN, and reported at several local news stations. She is a graduate of the University of Florida School of Journalism and Communications.
"The Smear": New York Times bestseller
Finalist Gerald Loeb business awards for "Taxpayer Beware"
Barbara Olson Award for Excellence and Independence in Journalism
Kenneth Y. Tomlinson Award for Outstanding Reporting
"Courage in the Face of Power" Award, Weyrich Awards
"Stonewalled": New York Times bestseller
Pillar Human Rights Journalism Award for “Fearless Reporting in the Face of Government Retaliation.”
Investigative Emmy Award for "Investigating Congress."
Investigative Emmy nomination for "Benghazi: Dying for Security."
Emmy Award nomination for "Green Energy Going Red."
Daytime Emmy Award as part of CBS Sunday Morning team entry for Outstanding Morning Program for "Washington Lobbying: K-Street Behind Closed Doors"
Integrity in Journalism Award
Brian Terry Courage in Journalism and Reporting Award
Finalist in Gerald Loeb Business Awards for "The Business of Congress"
Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for "Gunwalker: Fast and Furious."
RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting for "Gunwalker: Fast and Furious."
Emmy Award Nomination for Investigations of Congress: "Follow the Money."
Emmy Award Nomination for Investigating Aid to Haiti earthquake victims.
Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Reporting of a Business News Story for series on the Bush Administration's Bait-and-Switch on TARP and the Bank Bailout.
Investigative Reporter and Editors Finalist Award for "Investigating TARP."
Finalist in Gerald Loeb business awards for Television Breaking News for “Follow the Money: Bailout Investigation."
Finalist in Gerald Loeb business awards for "Earmarks"
Civil Justice Foundation Special Commendation for Firestone Tire coverage.
Attkisson received several other awards for her reporting and producing, including a New York Black Journalists Association public service award, a Mature Media National Award, a Florida Emmy Award, a Sigma Delta Chi Award and a Florida Communicator's Award.