CNBC’s Sue Herera to Explore the Commerce of Creativity

Sue Herera

Sue Herera

Sue Herera, the award-winning co-anchor of CNBC’s “Power Lunch” and “The First Lady of Wall Street,” will share her life experiences and knowledge of the world of business at the latest presentation of California State University, Northridge’s Commerce of Creativity Distinguished Speaker Series on Thursday, Feb. 28, at the university.

Herera, a CSUN journalism alumna and one of the first women to break into the world of broadcast business news, will speak at 7 p.m. in the Kurland Lecture Hall of the Valley Performing Arts Center located at the south end of the campus at 18111 Nordhoff St. in Northridge.

“We are thrilled to be bringing Sue Herera back to campus as a Commerce of Creativity lecturer,” said Robert Bucker, dean of the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication, which organizes the series. “She will bring stories of her extraordinary career in broadcast journalism as both an international and Wall Street anchor.”

Herera, who earned the nickname “The First Lady of Wall Street” for her pioneering work as a broadcast business newswoman, is a founding member of CNBC, helping to launch the network in 1989. In her 20-plus years of covering Wall Street, Herera has provided viewers with a seasoned perspective on the major stories and issues moving the markets and groundbreaking interviews with leaders in politics and corporate America. She has covered several of the major geopolitical summits held overseas. Most recently, she traveled to China and Japan to report on and produce a series on the economies of those countries.

In addition to co-anchoring “Power Lunch,” which airs at 1 p.m. Monday through Friday (EST), Herera was host and anchor of CNBC’s 2004 special international series “CNBC in Russia,” which took an in-depth look at Russia’s economy and leadership, contrasting the country’s successes with its problems. The series won her a first-place prize in at the National Headliner Awards, the second time she earned the honor. She took top honors the prior year for the series “CNBC in India.”

Prior to joining CNBC, Herera spent seven years as an anchor and reporter with Financial News Network, covering such topics as foreign exchange and futures trading. Her first book, “Women of the Street: Making It on Wall Street—The World’s Toughest Business,” was published in 1997.

Herera earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Cal State Northridge in 1980. She was honored with the university’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003.

The Commerce of Creativity Distinguished Speaker Series began in the fall of 2011 as a way to connect members of the campus, alumni and the community with compelling and provocative storytellers who have made significant contributions to the arts and the art of business.

The lecture series is free and open to the public. Reservations are recommended. To make a reservation, visit or call Jennifer Reifsneider at (818) 677-7038.

California State University, Northridge’s Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication is inspired by the shared belief that art is communication, that communication is an art and that art and communication are essential pillars for building and maintaining community. Its programs, including those in art, music, theater, cinema and television arts and journalism, have an international reputation for graduating skilled professionals who succeed in their respected fields.