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Sharon Carpenter is an award-winning broadcast journalist, TV host and producer originally from the UK.  Throughout her career she has made tremendous waves this side of the pond as an on-air personality for some of America’s best known networks including CBS, BET, VH1, BBC America and Sean “Diddy” CombsREVOLT TV.   Following her entrepreneurial dreams, Sharon is the co-founder of Wiretapped,  an upcoming entertainment news site and live video platform, of which she is also the co-president.  Meanwhile, she recently made her acting debut, co-starring as herself on  the Fox prime-time smash Empire.  Fans couldn’t get enough of Sharon’s appearance on the drama – Twitter exploded and her name quickly became a trending topic.   Back in her real-life day job as a journalist, Sharon can be seen as host of BBC America’s Anglophenia, a guest correspondent for The Insider and sharing her strong opinions on pop culture’s hottest topics as a regular panelist on the Wendy Williams Show.   Behind-the-scenes, Sharon works as a television producer and is known for co-creating VH1’s hit docu-series The Gossip Game.

From London, Carpenter moved to New York City to study at Pace University, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BBA degree in business management.  Starting out in broadcast news as an associate producer for WWOR-TV, she quickly advanced, landing a producer position at BET News.  With dreams of working in front of the camera, Sharon soon transitioned, using her expertise in business and finance when she became a reporter for CBS MarketWatch.  Within a year, Carpenter returned to BET but this time as one of the network’s signature anchors.  There, her profile grew tremendously as she hosted daily updates, long-form specials and delivered breaking news on the top-rated entertainment show 106 & Park.

Sharon has interviewed a diverse range of A-list subjects including the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Lindsay Lohan, Emma Stone, Will Smith, Carrie Underwood, Mick Jagger, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Johnny Depp, Serena Williams, Kevin Durant and Senator Cory Booker.

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She focuses on pop-culture, distilling the latest in both mainstream entertainment and cutting-edge trends, yet she is also known for her hard news coverage – international issues, financial news and politics.  When rap icon Wyclef Jean announced his plans to run for president of Haiti, Sharon scored his first television interview which ran on BBC outlets across the globe.  In her live coverage of President Obama’s historic election win, she provided expert commentary and analysis from Senator John McCain’s headquarters for BET.  Carpenter also played the lead role in the network’s coverage of Michael Jackson’s death, reporting live from Los Angeles and anchoring award-winning special reports.

Carpenter had a co-starring role on episode 2, season 2 of Fox‘s hit series Empire (“Without A Country”) which aired on September 30, 2015.  She played herself and the host of the fictional talk show Spilling The Tea with Sharon Carpenter.  In her debut acting role, she sat down with Jamal Lyon (Jussie Smollett) for a one-on-one interview on his personal and professional life.  During the candid discussion, Jamal speaks openly about his relationship with his boyfriend, Michael, for the first time.  Later on in the scene Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) bursts in and interrupts the on-camera chat.

In 2013, Carpenter and television producer Tone Boots sold their innovative concept for The Gossip Game to VH1; she also appeared on the docu-series as a cast member.  The series followed the lives and careers of seven media personalities covering New York’s fast-paced entertainment beat.  The Gossip Game became one of VH1’s top rated, non-scripted shows of the season.  She is currently developing a number of other television projects under her banner, Carpenter Media, LLC.

In addition to her expertise in the television industry, Sharon has a great deal of experience working in digital media.  In 2014 she became the host of VH1‘s live celebrity interview web-series, Very VH1.   In 2012, she joined GlobalGrind, a pop culture website owned by hip-hop media mogul Russell Simmons.  She was hired to enhance and expand the site’s video content and a number of her stories became trending topics, receiving as many as 3500 hits per minute.

Carpenter has received four awards from the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ) as well as a Telly Award.  She makes regular guest appearances on a variety of national platforms, including the Wendy Williams Show, Music Choice, The Biography Channel and OWN.  She has also been featured in such publications as the New York Post, LA Times, New York Daily News, OK Magazine, Us Weekly and the London Evening Standard.  Sharon was prominently highlighted as a major ‘influencer’ in Vibe Magazine’s top-selling “Juice issue” with President Barack Obama on the cover.

She resides in New York City and serves as an Ambassador for GEORGE, the co-brand of the prestigious British Charity, St. George’s Society of New York.

Biography

Sharon Carpenter is an award-winning broadcast journalist, TV host and producer originally from the UK.  Throughout her career she has made tremendous waves this side of the pond as an on-air personality for some of America’s best known networks including CBS, BET, VH1, BBC America and Sean “Diddy” Combs’ REVOLT TV.  Following her entrepreneurial dreams, Sharon is the co-founder of Wiretapped, an upcoming entertainment news site and live video platform, of which she is the co-president.  Meanwhile, she recently made her acting debut, co-starring as herself on the Fox prime-time smash Empire.  Fans couldn’t get enough of Sharon’s appearance on the drama – Twitter exploded and her name quickly became a trending topic.  Back in her real-life day job as a journalist, Sharon can be seen as host of BBC America‘s Anglophenia, a guest correspondent for The Insider and sharing her strong opinions on pop culture’s hottest topics as a regular panelist on the Wendy Williams Show.  Behind-the-scenes, Sharon works as a television producer and is known for co-creating VH1’s hit docu-series The Gossip Game.

From London, Carpenter moved to New York City to study at Pace University, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BBA degree in business management.  Starting out in broadcast news as an associate producer for WWOR-TV, she quickly advanced, landing a producer position at BET News.  With dreams of working in front of the camera, Sharon soon transitioned, using her expertise in business and finance when she became a reporter for CBS MarketWatch.  Within a year, Carpenter returned to BET but this time as one of the network’s signature anchors.  There, her profile grew tremendously as she hosted daily updates, long-form specials and delivered breaking news on the top-rated entertainment show 106 & Park.


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She has interviewed a diverse range of A-list subjects including Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Lindsay Lohan, Emma Stone, Will Smith, Carrie Underwood, Mick Jagger, Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Johnny Depp, Serana Williams, Kevin Durant and Senator Cory Booker.

She focuses on pop-culture, distilling the latest in both mainstream entertainment and cutting-edge trends, yet she is also known for her hard news coverage – international issues, financial news and politics. When rap icon Wyclef Jean announced his plans to run for president of Haiti, Sharon scored his first television interview which ran on BBC outlets across the globe.  In her live coverage of President Obama’s historic election win, she provided expert commentary and analysis from Senator John McCain’s headquarters for BET.  Carpenter also played the lead role in the network’s coverage of Michael Jackson’s death, reporting live from Los Angeles and anchoring award-winning special reports.

Carpenter had a co-starring role on episode 2, season 2 of Fox‘s hit series Empire (“Without A Country”) which aired on September 30, 2015.  She played herself and the host of the fictional talk show Spilling The Tea with Sharon Carpenter.  In her debut acting role, she sat down with Jamal Lyon (Jussie Smollett) for a one-on-one interview on his personal and professional life.  During the candid discussion, Jamal speaks openly about his relationship with his boyfriend, Michael, for the first time.  Later on in the scene Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) bursts in and interrupts the on-camera chat.

In 2013, Carpenter and television producer Tone Boots sold their innovative concept for The Gossip Game to VH1; she also agreed to appear on the reality show as a cast member.  The series followed the lives and careers of seven media personalities covering New York’s fast-paced entertainment beat.  The Gossip Game became one of the network’s top rated, non-scripted series of the season.  She is currently developing a number of other television projects under her banner, Carpenter Media, LLC.

In addition to her expertise in the television industry, Sharon has a great deal of experience working in digital media.  In 2014 she became the host of VH1‘s live celebrity interview web-series, Very VH1.  In 2012, she joined GlobalGrind, a pop culture website owned by hip-hop media mogul Russell Simmons.  She was hired to enhance and expand the site’s video content and a number of her stories became trending topics, receiving as many as 3500 hits per minute.

Carpenter has received four awards from the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ) as well as a Telly Award.  She makes regular guest appearances on a variety of national platforms, including The Wendy Williams Show, VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live, Music Choice, The Biography Channel and OWN.  She has also been featured in such publications as the New York Post, New York Daily News, OK Magazine, Us Weekly and the London Evening Standard.  Carpenter was prominently highlighted as a major ‘influencer’ in Vibe Magazine’s top-selling “Juice issue” with President Barack Obama on the cover.

She resides in New York City and serves as an Ambassador for GEORGE, the co-brand of the prestigious British Charity, St. George’s Society of New York.