Joe Kernen

Joe Kernen

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Joe Kernen

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Joe Kernen (born January 6, 1956) is a CNBC news anchor. He is currently co-host of CNBC’s "Squawk Box". His nickname is "The Kahuna".

Kernen came to CNBC in the 1991 merger with Financial News Network, having joined FNN after a 10-year career as a stockbroker.

Kernen grew up in the Western Hills section of Cincinnati, graduating from St. Xavier High School in 1974. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado and a master’s degree in molecular biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he worked on cancer research.

He is married to the former Penelope Scott, a former commodities trader from Short Hills, New Jersey. They met after she joined CNBC in 1996, and were married in 1998 on a golf course. Kernen had an emergency appendectomy late on Aug. 5, 2010, his Squawk Box co-anchor Becky Quick announced during the Aug. 9, 2010, broadcast.


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