Joe Kernen (born January 6, 1956) is a CNBC news anchor. He is currently co-host of CNBC's Squawk Box. His nickname is 'The Kahuna'. Kernen came to CNBC in the 1991 merger with Financial News Network, having joined FNN after a 10-year career as a stockbroker. Kernen grew up in the Western Hills section of Cincinnati, graduating from St. Xavier High School in 1974. He holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Colorado and a mastera__s degree in molecular biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he worked on cancer research. He is married to Penelope Scott, a former commodities trader from Short Hills, New Jersey. They met after she joined CNBC in 1996, and were married in 1998 on a golf course. Kernen had an emergency appendectomy late on Aug. 5, 2010.
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