Norah O'Donnell is an award-winning journalist who currently serves as co-host of CBS This Morning. She also contributes to 60 Minutes and fills in as anchor for the CBS Evening News. Previously, she served as CBS News' Chief White House Correspondent.
Since joining CBS This Morning, which has become the Network's most successful morning newscast in more than two decades, O'Donnell has interviewed some of the world's most notable figures, including President Barack Obama, Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafazai, and the Dalai Lama. She landed the first interview with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell at the height of the league's domestic violence scandal, covered the historic election of Pope Francis in Vatican City, and was part of the CBS News team that received an Alfred I. DuPont Award for coverage of the 2012 Newtown massacre.
Prior to joining CBS News, O'Donnell worked for more than a decade at NBC News, where she covered the Pentagon, Congress, and the White House. Her assignments took her around the globe: she reported from every continent except Antarctica with either the President of the United States or the Secretary of Defense. She served as chief Washington correspondent for MSNBC, a contributing correspondent for NBC's TODAY show, and a regular news anchor for NBC's Weekend TODAY, and 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 was named "Broadcaster of the Year" by the New York State Broadcasters Association in 2014 and received the Excellence in Journalism award from the American News Women's Club in 2015.
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 three prior CT Forums: Our Great Education Challenge in 2010; The Great Global Debate in 2008; and A Conversation Between Bill Moyers & Andrew Sullivan in 2006.
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