Cristina Alesci is a television and digital correspondent for CNN and CNNMoney covering the intersection of money and politics. Alesci finds and unravels the complex connections, conflicts of interest and ethical challenges facing business executives and government officials.
During the 2016 Presidential election, Alesci's stories examined potential conflicts of interest faced by both President Trump and Secretary Clinton. Since the election, she has reported extensively on the family businesses of both the President and his son-in-law, White House adviser Jared Kushner, and the efforts they have taken to untangle their conflicts while in office. Her stories on the continuing ties between senior members of the administration and their financial interests are featured regularly on The Lead with Jake Tapper's Conflicts of Interest Watch. Alesci's background covering Wall Street and corporate America led her to break news that shed light on the inner workings of the administration, including the formation of outside business councils that helped burnish the "CEO White House."
Alesci also covers the companies and business leaders that influence the everyday lives of millions of American consumers. Over the course of her reporting, Alesci has interviewed many of America's biggest CEOs, including Starbucks' Howard Schultz, JP Morgan's Jamie Dimon and J.Crew's Mickey Drexler.
As the subject of income inequality regained national attention during the election cycle, Alesci explored the factors that contributed to America's upward mobility during the second half of the 20th Century in her five-part series, American Dream. In a series of one-on-one interviews, she documented the lives of extraordinary Americans like Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, hip-hop legend Russell Simmons and Xerox CEO Ursula Burns, who overcame poverty and other adversities to achieve tremendous success and change the world.
Cristina has also brought her brand of investigative reporting to the U.S. industrial food complex with a recently released documentary-style series, "Raw Ingredients—The unprocessed story of where your food really comes from." Raw Ingredients goes into the field and inside some of the country's biggest producers to uncover the vast system supplying the nation's food and to reveal the hidden story of what you're eating.
Cristina joined CNN from Bloomberg Television, where her coverage of high-profile deals made headlines and moved markets. Cristina was responsible for breaking news on some of the biggest deals of the decade, including Facebook's initial public offering, the buyout of Neiman Marcus and the fight to take Dell private. While at Bloomberg, she also covered the sports, music and entertainment industries, and contributed to Businessweek and Bloomberg Markets Magazine.
She received an M.A. in Journalism with honors from The City University of New York's Graduate School of Journalism, a B.S. in Criminal Justice (magna cum laude) from Pace University, and a post-baccalaureate certificate in business from Columbia University. She lives in New York City.