Erin Moriarty, a CBS News journalist for three decades, has been a correspondent on 48 HOURS since 1990. In addition to reporting for 48 HOURS, Moriarty’s work is featured on all CBS News broadcasts and platforms, including CBS SUNDAY MORNING, CBS THIS MORNING and CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 digital streaming network.
Moriarty is also the host of the true-crime podcast MY LIFE OF CRIME.
At CBS News, Moriarty has covered some of the biggest crime and justice stories of our time, including the wrongful conviction of Ryan Ferguson, the death of JonBenet Ramsey, the ongoing story of millionaire Robert Durst, and the controversial case of Brooke Skylar Richardson, a young Ohio woman tried – and acquitted – for murdering her newborn baby.
She has also reported on such major national and international news stories as the death of Princess Diana; the mass shootings in Aurora, Colo. and Newtown, Conn.; the Oklahoma City bombing; the war in Iraq; and the heist of artwork from the Isabella Gardner Art Museum in Boston.
Her reporting has earned Moriarty virtually every major journalism award available. In 2019 she was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation. She’s won nine Emmy Awards and three Gracie Awards; she was part of the team coverage of the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting, which earned CBS News a 2014 duPont-Columbia award; and her work was part of CBS SUNDAY MORNING’s 2015 Daytime Emmy Award. In 2000 and 2003, she was honored with the Top 100 Award from Irish America magazine. And in 1988 Moriarty received the Outstanding Consumer Media Service Award presented by the Consumer Federation of America.
Moriarty joined the reporting team at 48 HOURS in 1990. She began her career at CBS News in 1986, first as a consumer correspondent for CBS THIS MORNING and then the “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather.”
Drawing on her training as an attorney, Moriarty has examined some of the most important social and legal issues of the day, including wrongful convictions, cold cases, DNA testing of evidence in death-row cases and spousal abuse.
Prior to joining CBS News, she was an award winning consumer reporter for WMAQ-TV in Chicago (1983-1986). She was also a reporter at WCMH-TV in Columbus, Ohio (1979-1980), at WJZ-TV in Baltimore (1980-1982) and at WJKW-TV in Cleveland, Ohio (1982-1983).
Moriarty was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She graduated from Ohio State University, Phi Beta Kappa, with a degree in behavioral sciences and received a law degree from the university in 1977. Moriarty is licensed to practice law in Ohio and Maryland.