Joe Kernen
Joe Kernen

Joe Kernen
Richard Kernen (born January 6, 1956) is a news anchor, the co-host of Squawk Box on CNBC. His nicknames are "The Kahuna" and "The Hair". Kernen grew up

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Not to be confused with Joe Kernan. Joe KernenBornJoseph Richard Kernen[1]
(1956-01-06) January 6, 1956 (age 64)
Cincinnati, Ohio, United StatesEducationBachelor of Science in biology, University of Colorado Boulder
Master of Science in biology, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyOccupationStockbroker, TV news anchorAgentAri EmanuelSpouse(s)Penelope Kernen (nee Scott) Kernen (right) in 2014

Joseph Richard Kernen (born January 6, 1956) is a news anchor, the co-host of Squawk Box on CNBC. His nicknames are "The Kahuna" and "The Hair".[2]

Contents Early life and education

Kernen grew up in Western Hills, Cincinnati and graduated from St. Xavier High School in 1974.[3] He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a master’s degree in molecular biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he worked on cancer research.[4]


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

In 1995, he became the co-host of Squawk Box.[3]

Controversies Imitation of Indian accent and propagation of racial stereotypes

In September 2013, Kernen aroused controversy for imitating an Indian accent and musing on Indian stereotypes, facetiously asking if Indian rupees were accepted as currency at 7-Eleven.[5][6]

Ignorance of Irish geography

In November 2014, during an on-air interview, Kernen asked IDA Ireland chief executive Martin Shanahan why Ireland did not use the pound sterling and asked if Ireland and Scotland were not on the same island.[7][8] Kernen appeared to believe that Republic of Ireland was part of the United Kingdom.[9]

Climate change denial

In February 2014, Kernen compared climate change to witchcraft.[10]

Personal life

Kernen is married to Penelope Scott Kernen, a former commodities trader from Short Hills, New Jersey.[11] They met after she joined CNBC in 1996 and were married in 1998 on a golf course.

Kernen is a staunch Republican.


Kernen authored Your Teacher Said What?!: Defending Our Kids from the Liberal Assault on Capitalism, (2011) with his then 5th grade daughter Blake.

  1. ^ Kernen, Joseph Richard. Dissection of the Murine Erythroleukemia Cell Differentiation Program. Master's thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1980.
  2. ^ McDonough-Taub, Gloria (June 26, 2013). "Unscripted: Joe Kernen's Biggest Loss". cite.citation{font-style:inherit}.mw-parser-output .citation q{quotes:"\"""\"""'""'"}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-free a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-free a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .id-lock-registration a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-registration a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .id-lock-subscription a,.mw-parser-output .citation .cs1-lock-subscription a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration{color:#555}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription span,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration span{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}.mw-parser-output .cs1-ws-icon a{background:url("//")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output code.cs1-code{color:inherit;background:inherit;border:inherit;padding:inherit}.mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{display:none;font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error{font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-maint{display:none;color:#33aa33;margin-left:0.3em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration,.mw-parser-output .cs1-format{font-size:95%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-left{padding-left:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-right{padding-right:0.2em}
  3. ^ a b Watkins, Steve (September 10, 2015). "EXCLUSIVE: Cincinnati native Kernen looks back on 20 years hosting CNBC's 'Squawk Box'". American City Business Journals.
  4. ^ "Joe Kernen". CNBC.
  5. ^ KLEINE, ALBERT (September 24, 2013). "CNBC's Kernen Reacts To Indian Central Banking Decision With Racial Stereotypes". Media Matters for America.
  6. ^ "CNBC anchor Joe Kernen criticized for making racist comment on air". Marketwatch. September 24, 2013.
  7. ^ Brophy, Daragh (November 3, 2014). ""Why do you have euros?" The head of the IDA was asked some truly bizarre questions on CNBC today..."
  8. ^ Mackey, Robert (November 4, 2014). "Irish Agog That Joe Kernen, CNBC Host, Missed Their Exit From U.K.". The New York Times.
  9. ^ Lyons, Tom (November 3, 2014). "Ireland's IDA boss faces bizarre CNBC interview". The Irish Times.
  10. ^ Taibi, Catherine (February 27, 2014). "CNBC's Joe Kernen: Climate Change Is 'Like Witchcraft'". HuffPost.
  11. ^ Winston, Fan (November 4, 2016). "Inside the Century-Old New Jersey Home of Squawk Box's Joe Kernen". Architectural Digest.
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