Serena Altschul

Serena Altschul
Serena Altschul 2011.jpg
Altschul in 2011
Born (1970-10-13) October 13, 1970 (age 51)
Education Scripps College (did not graduate)
Occupation News presenter, reporter
Years active 1993–present
Parent(s) Siri von Reis
Arthur Altschul
Family Stephen Altschul (brother)
Frank Altschul (grandfather)
John Miller (journalist) (brother in law)
Whitney Sudler-Smith (step-brother)

Serena Altschul (born October 13, 1970)[1] is an American broadcast journalist, known for her work at MTV News and CBS.

Early life and education

Altschul was born in New York City,[2] the daughter of author and botanist Siri von Reis and Arthur Altschul, a member of the Lehman banking family.[2][3] Her mother is of half-Finnish and half-Swedish ancestry[2][4] and her father is of Jewish ancestry. After her parents divorced, two-year-old Serena and two siblings were raised by their mother.

Altschul has four siblings.[3] Her brother, Arthur Goodhart Altschul Jr., was married to journalist Rula Jebreal[5] and her sister, Emily Altschul, is married to former journalist and NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller.[6] She also has two half-brothers, Charles Altschul and mathematician Stephen Altschul from her father's previous marriage and a step-brother, Whitney Sudler-Smith, from her father's later marriage to reality television series personality Patricia Dey.[3]

Altschul attended Scripps College[7] for a few years, studying English literature, but did not graduate. In 1993, while still in college, she was the associate producer of The Last Party, a political documentary.[7]


After school, she worked for two years at Channel One News, a channel seen nationwide in high schools, as an anchor/reporter.[8][2] In 1987 she landed a job at MTV and in January 1996 she started working for MTV News.[9][10][11][12] She also hosted shows such as MTV News: UNfiltered, Breaking it Down and hosted and produced True Life.[7][9] From 2002 to 2003 Altschul worked at CNN.[7] She hosted and produced a CNN special on the return of PCP. She continued working at MTV News while at CNN. On December 23, 2003, she was named a CBS News contributing correspondent. Since 2013 she appears on CBS Sunday Morning.[9]

She played herself on Jay-Z's 1999 song, "Dope Man". She also appeared as herself in the films Queen of the Damned and Josie and the Pussycats.



  1. ^ "Mrs. Altschul Has Child (birth announcement)". The New York Times. 1970-10-25. p. 91.
  2. ^ a b c d "A Move From 'Our Crowd' to Mass Media". The New York Times. 26 March 1998.
  3. ^ a b c Eric Pace (March 20, 2002). "Arthur G. Altschul, 81, Banker, Art Collector and Philanthropist". New York Times. In addition to his son Arthur G. Jr., he is survived by his wife, the former Patricia Dey whom he married in 1996; two other sons, Charles, and Dr. Stephen; two daughters, Emily Helen Altschul and Serena von Reis Altschul, a former MTV News correspondent, now with CNN; a stepson, Whitney Sudler Smith
  4. ^ New York Observer: "The Hard Sell" By Gabriel Sherman February 2, 2004
  5. ^ New York Post: "Arthur Altschul, Jr. engaged to Rula Jebreal" May 2, 2013
  6. ^ New York Times: "WEDDINGS/CELEBRATIONS; Emily Altschul, John Miller" November 24, 2002
  7. ^ a b c d CBS Sunday Morning: "Serena Altschul"
  8. ^ Channel One Network: "Fast Facts"
  9. ^ a b c "Serena Altschul from MTV VJs, Then and Now".
  10. ^ Orlando Sentinel: "MTV Newswoman has a Rich Background" March 31, 1998
  11. ^ Hartford Courant: "MTV Without the Gloss" by James Endres March 29, 1998
  12. ^ New York Observer: Power Punk: Serena Altschul" by Joe Hagan December 15, 2013

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