Born and raised in Mardela Springs, Maryland, Erin is the youngest daughter of a corporate attorney. She attended Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, studying political science and economics, and graduated with a BA in political economy.
Erin began her career as a financial analyst for Goldman Sachs in their investment banking division, where she worked on mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. Whilst working as an investment-banking analyst, she was offered a job at CNN as a writer and booker for CNN's 'Moneyline'.
From CNN, she moved to Citigroup, where she served as vice president for Citigroup/CitiMedia, and was responsible for all anchoring of the Citigroup online financial news network. Then in 2003 she joined Bloomberg Television, where she was the anchor of Bloomberg on the Markets.
Burnett has hosted her live shows from five different continents and all of the BRICs. She's also filed special reports from Iraq, Libya, Egypt, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Her work includes several primetime documentaries, 'India Rising: The New Empire,' 'The Russian Gamble,' and 'Dollars & Danger: Africa, The Final Investment Frontier.'