Sharyl Attkisson Bio, Age, Husband, Net Worth, The Smear, Full Measure, Books

Sharyl Attkisson Biography

Sharyl Attkisson is an American author and host of Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson on television stations operated by Sinclair Broadcast Group, a conservative media company. Attkisson was formerly an investigative correspondent in the Washington bureau for CBS News. She had also substituted as anchor for the CBS Evening News.
On March 10, 2014, she resigned from CBS News, after 21 years with the network. Attkisson subsequently authored the book Stonewalled, in which she alleged that CBS News failed to give sufficient coverage of Obama controversies, like the 2012 Benghazi attack.

Sharyl Attkisson Age

Sharyl Lynn Thompson was born on 26 January 1961 in Sarasota, Florida, U.S. She is 58 years old as of 2018.

Sharyl Attkisson Height

She stands ata height of 1,79 m.

Sharyl Attkisson Full Measure

Attkisson  is the host of  Full Measure , an American Sunday morning political affairs and investigative news magazine series hosted by investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson. The program is produced, broadcast, and syndicated by the Sinclair Television Group.

Sharyl Attkisson Photo
Sharyl Attkisson Photo

Sharyl Attkisson The Smear

Attkisson is the author of Smear, a book about how politics turned into a take-no-prisoners blood sport? The New York Times bestselling author of Stonewalled pulls back the curtain on the shady world of opposition research and reveals the dirty tricks those in power use to influence your opinions.

Sharyl Attkisson Net Worth

Attkisson has a net worth of $800 thousand.

Sharyl Attkisson Family

Born in 1961 in Sarasota, Florida, Attkisson has a step-father who is an orthopedic surgeon and her brother is an emergency room physician.

Sharyl Attkisson Husband

Sharyl  is a married woman to her lovely husband James Attkisson. The couple has one child and lives in Leesburg, Virginia, United States.

Full Measure With Sharyl Attkisson

Although it’s a news show that airs on Sunday mornings, “Full Measure” isn’t formatted like the long-running Sunday morning shows that air on the broadcast networks that are filled with interviews and panel discussions. Instead, Sharyl Attkisson the host fronts a newsmagazine-style program that features long-form reports from her and a team of correspondents. The investigative pieces cover a range of political and socioeconomic topics that include wasteful spending by the government and corporate fraud.

Sharyl Attkisson Education

Attkisson is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in broadcast journalism in 1982.

Sharyl Attkisson Career

Attkisson started her broadcast journalism career in 1982 as a reporter at WUFT-TV, the PBS station in Gainesville, Florida. Later, she worked as an anchor and reporter at WTVX-TV Fort Pierce/West Palm Beach, Florida from 1982 to 1985, WBNS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Columbus, Ohio from 1985 to 86 and WTVT in Tampa, Florida from 1986 to 1990.
Attkisson was an anchor for CNN from 1990–TO 993 and also served as a key anchor for CBS space exploration coverage in 1993. She left CNN in 1993, moving to CBS, where she anchored the television news broadcast CBS News Up to the Minute and became an investigative correspondent based in Washington, D.C.
Attkisson served on the University of Florida’s Journalism College Advisory Board from 1993 to 1997 and was its chair in 1996. In 1997, the University gave her an Outstanding Achievement Award. Attkisson simultaneously hosted CBS News Up from 1997 to 2003, to the Minute and the PBS health-news magazine HealthWeek.


In 2000, Attkisson received an Investigative Reporters and Editors (I.R.E.) Finalist award for Dangerous Drugs. She received an Investigative Emmy Award nomination in 2001 for Firestone Tire Fiasco from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Attkisson co-authored a college textbook in 2002, Writing Right for Broadcast and Internet News; later that same year she won an Emmy Award for her Investigative Journalism about the American Red Cross. On September 10, 2002, the award was presented in New York City. She was part of the CBS News team that received RTNDA-Edward R. Murrow Awards in 2005 for Overall Excellence.
Attkisson served as Capitol Hill correspondent for CBS in 2006, as one of a small number of female anchors covering the 2006 midterms. She was part of the CBS News team that received RTNDA-Edward R. Murrow Awards in 2008 for Overall Excellence.
Attkisson reported in 2008 that a claim by Hillary Clinton to have dodged sniper fire in Bosnia was unfounded: Clinton’s trip to Bosnia was risky, Attkisson said, but no real bullets were dodged. She was on the trip with Clinton. The day after Attkisson’s report on the CBS Evening News, Clinton admitted there was no sniper fire and stated that she “misspoke.” Attkisson won an Investigative Emmy Award in 2009 for Business and Financial Reporting for her exclusive reports on the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) and the bank bailout.


In 2010, Attkisson returned to the University of Florida as a keynote speaker at the College of Journalism and Communications. That same year, Attkisson received an Emmy Award nomination for her investigations into members of Congress and she also received a 2010 Emmy Award nomination for her investigation into waste of tax dollars. Attkisson was nominated in July 2011 for an Emmy Award for her Follow the Money investigations into Congressional travel to the Copenhagen climate summit and problems with aid to Haiti earthquake victims.
CBS News accepted an Investigative Reporting Award given to Attkisson’s reporting in 2012 on ATF’s Fast and Furious gunwalker controversy. The award was from Accuracy in Media, a conservative news media watchdog group and was presented at a Conservative Political Action Conference.
In June 2012, her investigative reporting for the Gunwalker story also won the CBS Evening News the Radio and Television News Directors Association’s National Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Video Investigative Reporting. Attkisson’s Gunwalker: Fast and Furious reporting received an Emmy Award in July 2012.
Attkisson resigned from CBS News on March 10, 2014, in what she stated was an “amicable” parting. Politico reported that according to sources within CBS there had been tensions leading to “months of hard-fought negotiations” – that Attkisson had been frustrated over what she perceived to be the network’s liberal bias and lack of dedication to investigative reporting and also issues she had with the network’s corporate partners, while some colleagues within the network saw her reporting as agenda-driven and doubted her impartiality.
Later that year, Attkisson’s book Stonewalled: One Reporter’s Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation and Harassment in Obama’s Washington (Harpers) was published. In this work, Attkisson accused CBS of protecting the Obama administration by not giving enough coverage to such stories as the 2012 Benghazi attack and slow initial enrollments under Obamacare. The book was a New York Times Best Seller.
Attkisson’s second book, The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote, was published in summer 2017 by HarperCollins.
Attkisson created a media bias chart in 2017. According to PolitiFact, this chart “labels anything not overtly conservative as “left”.” The news outlets with a purported left bias include the Associated Press, Reuters, ABC, CBS, NBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post, NPR, CNN, Politico, USA Today and CNBC.

Sharyl Attkisson Anti-vaccine Reporting

In Attkisson’s reporting, she has published stories linking vaccines with autism, despite the fact that the scientific community has found no evidence of such a link. Attkisson was described by Seth Mnookin, Professor of Science Writing and the Director of the Graduate Program in Science Writing at MIT, as “one of the least responsible mainstream journalists covering vaccines and autism. Again and again, she’s parroted anti-vaccine rhetoric long past the point that it’s been decisively disproved.”
Paul Offit criticized Attkisson’s reporting in 2011 on vaccines as “damning by association” and lacking sufficient evidence in his book Deadly Choices. In the medical literature, she has been accused of using problematic rhetorical tactics to “imply that because there is no conclusive answer to certain problems, vaccines remain a plausible culprit.” Attkisson said that she favors vaccinating children, but claimed that research suggests that “a small subset of children” have brains that are vulnerable to vaccines. Attkisson has said that pharmaceutical companies are discouraging research into the vaccine-autism link and that they pressured CBS News to stop covering the purported link.

Sharyl Attkisson Computer Hacking Claims

While Attkisson was still employed by CBS back in May 2013, she alleged that her personal and work computers had been “compromised” for more than two years. CBS News said that it had investigated her work computer and found evidence of multiple unauthorized accesses by a third party in late 2012.
The U.S. Department of Justice denied any involvement. In her 2014 book, Attkisson wrote that a forensic examination revealed that her personal computer was hacked with keystroke logging spyware, enabling an intruder to read all her e-mail messages and gain access to the passwords for her financial accounts.
Attkisson appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee in late January 2015, during a confirmation hearing for Loretta Lynch, President Obama’s nominee to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder. As part of her appearance in front of that committee, a report by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) was released.
It stated that “their investigation was not able to substantiate… allegations that her computers were subject to remote intrusions by the FBI, other government personnel, or otherwise” and the deletion seen in Attkisson’s video “appeared to be caused by the backspace key being stuck, rather than a remote intrusion”. CBS News told the OIG that they did not conduct any analysis on her personal computer.
The Washington Examiner clarified in February 2015, that the OIG did not examine the CBS News computer that Attkison claimed was compromised, but only inspected Attkisson’s personal devices. Attkisson and her family filed suit in March 2015 in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia against Holder, Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe and unnamed agents of the US Department of Justice, the US Postal Service and the United States, claiming to have been subject to illegal surveillance activities.
The government then removed Attkisson’s case to a D.C. federal court and the case was eventually transferred to a federal court in Virginia. Federal judge Leonie Brinkema dismissed Attkisson’s case in 2017, finding that Attkisson’s lawsuit failed to allege sufficient facts to make a plausible claim that either defendant personally engaged in the alleged surveillance”. Attkisson appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, which affirmed the lower court’s dismissal of her case.

Sharyl Attkisson Books

  • The Smear: How Shady Political Operatives and Fake News Control What You See, What You Think, and How You Vote- Published in 2017
  • Writing Right for Broadcast and Internet News published in 2002
  • Stonewalled published in 2014

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