Sharon Carpenter is an awardwinning broadcast journalist and producer who currently serves as a host for REVOLT TV after she was handpicked by Sean “Diddy” Combs to anchor his innovative new music network. She has built a stellar reputation for her onair work, both in entertainment and hard news, at outlets including the BBC, CBS, Black Entertainment Television (BET) and WPIX. Before joining REVOLT, Carpenter was a host and producer for music mogul Russell Simmons’ pop culture website, GlobalGrind. She is also known for cocreating and appearing as a cast member on VH1’s hit reality show, The Gossip Game.
She has interviewed a diverse range of Alist subjects, including Oprah Winfrey, Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Lindsay Lohan, Will Smith, Carrie Underwood, Mick Jagger, Beyoncé, JayZ, Rihanna, Johnny Depp, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and Senator Cory Booker.
Though Carpenter focuses on popculture, distilling the latest in both mainstream entertainment and cuttingedge trends, she is also known for her hard news coverage; especially international issues, financial news and politics. When rap icon Wyclef Jean announced his plans to run for president of Haiti she scored his first television interview which ran on BBC outlets across the globe. In her live coverage of President Obama’s historic election win, she provided expert commentary and analysis from Senator John McCain’s headquarters. Carpenter played the lead role in BET’s coverage of Michael Jackson’s death, reporting live from Los Angeles and anchoring the network’s key special reports.
While at BET, Carpenter also anchored and produced Beauty Blackout, a groundbreaking documentary that explores discrimination in standards of beauty.
Carpenter and television producer Tone Boots sold VH1 their innovative concept for 2013’s The Gossip Game; she also agreed to appear on the reality show as a cast member. The series followed the lives and careers of seven media personalities covering New York’s fastpaced entertainment beat. The Gossip Game became one of VH1’s top rated, nonscripted series of the season. She continues to develop various other television projects under her banner, Carpenter Media LLC.
Carpenter has received four awards from the New York Association of Black Journalists (NYABJ) as well as a Telly Award. She makes guest appearances on a variety of national platforms, including The Wendy Williams Show, VH1’s Big Morning Buzz Live, The Biography Channel and OWN. She has been featured in such publications as the New York Post, New York Daily News, OK Magazine, Us Weekly, Right On! and the London Evening Standard. Carpenter was also prominently highlighted as a major ‘influencer’ in Vibe Magazine’s topselling “Juice issue” with President Barack Obama on the cover.
Carpenter resides in New York City and serves as an Ambassador for GEORGE, the cobrand of the prestigious British Charity, St. George’s Society of New York.