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Anna Werner

Trumpeter Award

National consumer investigative correspondent for CBS News

Anna’s award-winning reporting appears across all CBS news broadcasts and platforms, including “CBS Mornings,” the “CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell,” and “CBS Sunday Morning.”

Since joining CBS News in 2011, Anna Werner has covered and investigated a wide range of impactful stories, most recently on such issues as unregulated and potentially harmful dental devices, hospital billing inequities, financial scams targeting seniors, illegal dietary supplements, how AI is impacting the beauty industry and breast cancer insurance issues that cost lives. She also conducted a lengthy investigation into rental car giant Hertz’s practices of having drivers wrongfully arrested.

Her investigative work has earned Werner numerous broadcast journalism awards and praise from her peers.

In 2023, “Diagnosis: Debt” won both the Gerald Loeb Award in the Consumer Reporting Category and the NIHCM Digital Media Award. Werner’s “Hertz Arrests Investigation” series was named a finalist in The Loeb Award Video Category.

In 2020, Werner won her fourth Sigma Delta Chi Award, given by the Society of Professional Journalists, for her still ongoing multi-part series, “Medical Price Roulette,” which explores the lack of medical price transparency among providers, hospitals, and insurance companies, as well as the human costs of this incredibly opaque system.

Werner’s work has earned her two duPont-Columbia awards, two George Foster Peabody awards, five RTNDA Edward R. Murrow awards, three Investigative Reporters and Editors awards, two Scripps-Howard Jack R. Howard Excellence in Media awards, a Scripps-Howard Roy W. Howard Award for Public Service, a George R. Polk award, a National Headliner award, a New York Newswomen’s Front Page Award, and the Associated Press Bill Stout Award for Excellence in Enterprise News.

Werner was named the Chris Harris Reporter of the Year by the Associated Press Radio and Television Association in 2008 and 2010 and the Journalist of the Year by the Consumer Federation of California in 2010. She has won 35 Emmy awards, including awards for best reporter in 2000 and 2001 and again in 2008 and 2009. Werner is perhaps best known for uncovering the defect in Firestone tires on Ford Explorers, which resulted in the nation’s largest tire recall.

Before joining CBS News, Werner distinguished herself as a nationally recognized investigative reporter at CBS stations in Indianapolis (WISH), Houston (KHOU) and San Francisco (KPIX).

A Chicago area native, Werner graduated with a degree in broadcast journalism from Northern Illinois University.