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Serena Altschul is an American broadcast journalist. She first gained fame as a correspondent for “MTV News” (1996-2000). She then worked for CNN from 2002 to 2003. Since December 2003, she has become a contributing correspondent for “CBS News.” Altschul was handed the Edward R. Murrow Award in 2007 for Sports Reporting. She has appeared as herself in the films “Light It Up” (1999), “Josie and the Pussycats” (2001) and Michael Rymer's “Queen of the Damned” (2002).
Childhood and Family:
Serena Altschul was born on October 13, 1970, in New York City. She is the daughter of author and poet Siri von Reis (born February 10, 1931) and Arthur Altschul (born April 6, 1920, died March 17, 2002), a banking mogul and former partner at Goldman Sachs. She is the younger sister of American researcher Stephen Altschul (born February 28, 1957). Serena majored in English Literature at Scripps College, but she quit after a couple of years.
In 1987, a then 17 year old Serena Altschul began as a news reporter on “MTV News: The Week in Rock,” hosted by Kurt Loder. In early 1990s, she spent two years as an anchor/reporter at Channel One News, a channel seen nationwide in high schools. In 1993, while still in college, she served as associate producer in a political documentary film called “The Last Party,” directed by Mark Benjamin and Marc Levin.
Her big break arrived when Altschul was hired as a correspondent for “MTV News” in 1996. She remained with the show until 2000. Altschul also hosted the MTV documentary series “True Life” (2 episodes, 1998), the 1999 TV special “ MTV Video Music Awards Opening Act,” the TV documentary “MTV Uncensored” (1999), “MTV Video Music Awards Opening Act” (2000), “MTV 20: Live & Almost Legal” (2001) as well as appeared in MTV's “Total Request Live” from 1998 to 2000.
In 2002, Altschul joined CNN as a correspondent for “NewsNight with Aaron Brown.” She left in 2003. In December of 2003, she was named a CBS News contributing correspondent. Altschul was a reporter on “CBS Evening News with Dan Rather” (2003) and “CBS News Up to the Minute” (2003). The same year, she also began her long running stint on the newsmagazine program “CBS News Sunday Morning,” a gig she hold until present.
Altschul has made cameo appearances as herself in “Light It Up” (1999), a drama film directed and written by Craig Bolotin and starring Usher Raymond, Forest Whitaker and Rosario Dawson, “Josie and the Pussycats” (2001), a comedy film starring Rachael Leigh Cook, Tara Reid and Rosario Dawson, and Michael Rymer's “Queen of the Damned” (2002), starring Aaliyah, Stuart Townsend and Marguerite Moreau. She also played herself on Jay-Z's 1999 song, “Dope Man,” and in the made for TV film “ 2gether” (2000), which spoofed boy bands like N*Sync, New Kids on the Block, Backstreet Boys, etc.
Edward R. Murrow: Sports Reporting, 2007