Morgan Brennan is an American journalist and TV anchor who has won the hearts of many Americans with her intelligent analysis of business and economic issues. The media personality has over the years shown high commitment and passion for her job which has made her sit down with top names in the world of business such as chief executives of multi-billion-dollar corporations, like Equity Group Investment’s chairman, Sam Zell.
The eloquent reporter currently works with CNBC, a notable TV station that prides itself as a world leader in business news, as well as real-time financial market coverage. Morgan serves in the position of co-anchor in the Squawk Alley, a live program that focuses mainly on business news aired from the New York Stock Exchange.
With such an impressive career progression from 2009 to date one would have thought that Morgan Brennan was born to be a reporter. This was however not the case as she actually wanted to pursue a very different career before journalism found her.
Morgan Brennan’s Early Pursuits
The exact year in which Morgan Brennan was born is not known at the moment but we know that she was born on the 26th day of April. She grew up with her family in Brewster, a town in New York, USA, and being a very private person, she has not revealed much about her family. In fact, the identities of her father and mother have not been shared and it is not known if she has any siblings with whom she grew up. However, some sources have claimed that her father is a property developer and landlord while her mother is a realtor. Apparently, growing up with parents like this must have pushed her to learn a lot about business later in life.
However, during her budding years, Morgan wanted to make a career out of music and according to reports, after high school, she managed to join Sonny Music and began to work on a debut album. Unfortunately, she did not do well in this line and decided to re-evaluate her life by going to New York University to study Archaeology. This path also seemed to be a dead end as she soon lost interest in becoming an archeologist rather, she picked up interest in media studies and did really well in it as her major.
She went on to intern at Newsweek International where she gained experience by writing for both the print and online versions of the magazine. Brennan also featured as a guest on a number of networks where she contributed to issues about business and the economy in general. She eventually graduated from the university summa cum laude in 2009.
Feats She has Attained as a Journalist
Upon graduation from New York University, Morgan kick-started her journalism career in June 2009 when she landed a job with Forbes Media. She began as a writer and contributed to ForbesLife Magazine as well as Forbes.com where she covers a range of topics bordering around finance, business, and real estate.
In 2011, she became an analyst and featured on Forbes Show on the popular Fox News channel’ a position she held till sometime in 2013. Brennan is also notable for holding the role of a producer and worked on numerous videos that were released on the Forbes Video Network.
Morgan Brennan’s 4 years stay at Forbes inspired the budding journalist and created a platform for her career pursuit to grow. She had the privilege to conduct exclusive interview sessions with very rich and famous businessmen, presidents, as well as diplomats. One of her notable stories that made it on the cover of Forbes magazine was her 2013 write up on Sam Zell, the Equity Group Investments chairman.
However, in December 2013, Morgan left Forbes Media and joined CNBC. She served as the general assignment reporter for about 5 years and she reported on topical finance and business news throughout that period. In April 2018, she became the co-host of the Squawk Alley, the CNBC live show which discusses business, finance, and economic matters from the New York Stock Exchange. She continues to work in this capacity till date.
The Troubles & Challenges Which Define Morgan Brennan’s Career
Like any other career, being a journalist comes with its own share of hurdles which can be tough to deal with. In the case of Morgan Brennan, she revealed that her transition from being a general assignment reporter to being a co-anchor of the live broadcast of Squawk Alley is both a thrilling experience as well as a challenging one.
According to the reporter, live presentation is not as predictable as other broadcasts because you may never be certain about how things will turn out. More so, unlike her previous jobs as a writer when she can take out ample time to craft her stories and get fully prepared, with live TV you don’t have the luxury of time. Morgan’s new job now entails that she is ready to handle issues as they arise especially breaking news that may pop up during the course of the broadcast. This basically means she has to broaden her knowledge on vast areas to enable her make contributions on any headline that may pop up when she is on air.
How Rich is the CNBC Reporter?
Not much has been known about Morgan Brennan’s salary and net worth as most sources have it that her net worth is still under review. However, it is expected that she has raked in quite a substantial amount of money over the years in the course of her career. She has been with Forbes Media and has also worked with CNBC, both of which happen to be very reputable media organizations that pay quite well. It was also gathered that on an average scale, reporters in America are paid between $600,000 – $680,000 annually, and given that Morgan has worked in different capacities since she commenced her career in 2009, it is expected that she earns well over this amount currently.