Emmy award winning journalist, Valerie Coleman Morris is a former Business Anchor for CNN domestic and CNN international. In her latter years at CNN Morris reported primarily on Personal Finance issues with a daily segment called ‘Smart Assets’. In 2007, Valerie Coleman Morris decided to follow her passion and focus exclusively on financial literacy as an aspect of business and social economics. Her core interest is financial literacy for women and people of color, two of the most disenfranchised segments of the population concerning money issues.A sought-after lecturer on financial literacy and money management, Valerie Coleman Morris also works as a facilitator, keynote speaker and Mistress of Ceremonies for senior executive conferences and corporate staff and employee special events. Valerie Coleman Morris has recently expanded the focus of her message from financial literacy to financial self-reliance, motivating women to understand the path to financial independence.Valerie Coleman Morris continues to write and narrate the nationally syndicated radio column which she created in 1986 called “With the Family in Mind” -that focuses on family and sandwich generation issues and their money implications. These segments air on CBS Network Radio three times a week.Morris’ broadcast career spans more than 35 years and both coasts. Valerie Coleman Morris came to CNN in 1996 from WPIX-TV in New York where she was both a general assignment reporter and weekend anchor. Morris began her career as a broadcast journalist in San Francisco where she worked for KRON-TV and KGO-TV as a researcher, general assignment reporter and ultimately an anchor. Morris was also the morning drive anchor at KCBS Radio in San Francisco and midday anchor at KCBS-TV in Los Angeles.Valerie Coleman Morris has received a roster of awards including three California Emmy Awards for both breaking news events and special reports. Morris was a major contributor to KCBS-Radio’s Peabody Award team coverage as co-anchor following the 1989 California earthquake in which a portion of the San Francisco Bay Bridge collapsed.Valerie Coleman Morris has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from San Jose State University in California and a Masters in Broadcast Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York, where she was the recipient of a New York Times fellowship.Contact a speaker booking agent to check availability on Valerie Coleman Morris and other top speakers and celebrities.