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Norah O`Donnell

Chief Washington Correspondent for MSNBC - Panelist Blurb

Norah O'Donnell is an award-winning journalist who currently serves as chief Washington correspondent for MSNBC. She is a contributing correspondent for NBC's TODAY show, a regular news anchor for NBC's Weekend TODAY, and the author of a new best-selling book called Baby Love. A correspondent with NBC News since 1999, O'Donnell has reported for all the news division's broadcasts and covered the Pentagon, Congress, and the White House.

O'Donnell has anchored a number of major breaking news stories, including the historic 2008 presidential election, anchoring throughout the primaries and reporting exit poll numbers. During the 2004 campaign, O'Donnell covered the White House and regularly reported for TODAY, Nightly News,and Hardball while covering the campaign of President George W. Bush.

O'Donnell reported from the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 and received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Breaking News Coverage for a Dateline NBC story titled, "DC in Crisis."

Prior to joining NBC News, O'Donnell was a staff writer for Roll Call, the Capitol Hill Newspaper, where she covered Congress. Washingtonian Magazine has named O'Donnell as one of Washington's 100 most powerful women. A native of San Antonio, Texas, O'Donnell is a graduate of Georgetown University, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and a Master's Degree in international affairs. She lives in Washington, D. C., with her husband and their three children. She has moderated two prior CT Forums: A Conversation Between Bill Moyers & Andrew Sullivan in 2006; and The Great Global Debate in 2008.