Whether you are presenting a panel of speakers or a point-counterpoint duo, high-profile moderators for your event can help the session run smoothly. We've got a stellar list of TV personalities and hard-hitting journalists who can bring great name draw to your event and ensure that the discussion stays on track. These moderators and emcees will bring the polish that you've been looking for to your next meeting.

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Whether interviewing presidents, first ladies, heads of state or members of Congress, Norah O’Donnell has earned a reputation as a keen interviewer of today’s newsmakers. In her presentations, she takes the audience behind today’s headlines for an in-depth look at the issues, the players, and the politics at work. One of America’s most prominent journalists, O’Donnell is the recipient of the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Breaking News Coverage and Washingtonian Magazine has named her one of Washington’s 100 most powerful women.

Award Winning Journalist; Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent, CNN

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CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent, Jake Tapper, joined the network in January 2013. His one-hour weekday program The Lead with Jake Tapper debuted in March 2013. The program seeks to examine and advance stories that demonstrate Tapper's own curiosities and interests with headlines from around the country and the globe, from politics to money, and sports to popular culture.

Principal, Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel LLC

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Anja Manuel is a founding partner and principal at Rice, Hadley, Gates & Manuel, LLC, a strategic consulting firm, which she co-founded along with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and others. The firm assists CEOs and senior executives at major US companies in key emerging markets such as China, India, and the Middle East. She teaches at Stanford University’s International Policy Studies Program and is a leading expert on globalization, emerging markets, and America’s shifting role in international leadership. Anja is a former State Department official, an international lawyer, and the author of the book, This Brave New World.

Founder, Precision Strategies, Former Deputy Campaign Manager for Obama 2012, and Former Deputy Senior Advisor to President Obama

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Stephanie Cutter is one of the most-trusted voices of the Democratic Party. At the center of every major policy and political debate of the last 20 years, she offers an enlightening look at the current state of politics told through insider stories with today’s top lawmakers. From the halls of Congress to the campaign trail and from the West Wing to the C-Suite, Stephanie is one of the foremost experts at weaving together political strategies to create a narrative that resonates with voters. She was named one of the “50 Most Powerful People in Washington,” by GC magazine.

NBC News White House Correspondent

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Kelly O’Donnell is the White House correspondent for NBC News. A veteran of presidential politics, her work on the 2008 presidential election earned her an Emmy and a National Headliner Award. Her other work has won myriad others, including multiple Edward R. Murrow Awards. In 2004, she was inducted into the Ohio Radio/Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame. O’Donnell has covered events ranging from the 9/11 attacks and the Iraq war to the Olympic Games and the British royal family. She addresses politics, current events, the presidency, women’s issues, and the media.

Co-Founder and CEO of Axios; Co-Founder and Former CEO of POLITICO

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Jim VandeHei is a media entrepreneur and expert on American politics. He is the co-founder, chairman, and CEO of Axios, a new media company delivering news and insights on politics, business, media and tech. The company, whose name means “worthy” in Greek, specializes in high-quality news and analysis easily shared among the country's most influential readers and across social platforms.

Co-Founder & Exec Editor of Axios, Frmr POLITICO Chief WH Correspondent

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Mike Allen is one of Washington’s most influential and well-connected journalists. He is the co-founder and executive editor of Axios, a new company delivering news and insights on politics, business, media, and tech. The company, whose name means “worthy” in Greek, specializes in high-quality news and analysis easily shared among the country’s influential readers and across social platforms. In addition to starting Axios, Allen was a co-founder at POLITICO, the digital media company that upended and revolutionized political and policy journalism in Washington, New York, and Europe.

Award-Winning 60 Minutes Correspondent & Former CBS News Anchor and Managing Editor

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Scott Pelley, an award-winning 60 Minutes correspondent, offers rare insights gained from his more than 300 features on the show, having interviewed world leaders and covered major events – from childhood homelessness to genocide in Darfur. Pelley has received myriad high-profile awards, including 37 Emmys, and The Washington Times wrote, “The legacy of Edward R. Murrow lives in the daring investigations of Scott Pelley.” One of the most recognizable faces in journalism, Scott addresses current events and global issues.

Host of Meet the Press & NBC News Political Director

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Chuck Todd, NBC News’ political director and the host of Meet the Press, is one of Washington’s foremost experts on political campaigns at all levels. With what the Washingtonian calls a “savant-like knowledge of politics,” his up-to-the-minute analysis and nonpartisan commentary has made him a sought-after voice in American political coverage. Previously the network’s chief White House correspondent and host of The Daily Rundown, he has the unique ability to deliver an all-consuming passion for politics with razor-sharp analysis as he looks at politics, campaigns, and elections.
Bring The Benefits Of Hiring A Moderator To Your Event

Our moderators for events come from a range of backgrounds, blending into your conference or ceremony with ease and offering your audiences several perks, including:

  • Experience: As professional emcees, our speakers are ready to entertain and engage your attendees, panelists, honorees, introduce a speaker, and more. They'll prep for your event well in advance, developing speaking points in coordination with your requests as well as any comedy bits you'd like. These emcees and moderators travel prepared to dazzle on stage. That way, when they hit the stage, they're ready.

  • Assistance: When you hire an emcee or a moderator, you don't have to worry about hand-holding. Pass on the essential information to us and we'll make sure they receive it so they can ensure your panel is the best size for your event. They can even offer advice on the flow or organization of your panel and presentations.

  • Leadership: Our moderator speakers and emcee speakers are at home on the stage. When surprises happen, like a technical error or timing issue, they're as cool as cucumbers and improvise with ease. That gives you confidence, plus trust that your event will be a success.

With years of experience on the stage and in front of the camera, our professional emcees and moderators will help you deliver an event to remember.

Create a Stellar Event With a Professional Event Moderator

Ready to "wow" your audience with the finesse of a professional event moderator? Need to hire an emcee for an awards dinner? We can help! At Leading Authorities speakers bureau, our consultative approach and team of industry experts ensure that when you hire an emcee or moderator, they're the perfect fit for your audience and event. We also take care of all those extras, like handling your moderator or emcee's travel arrangements and add-ons. That way, you can relax and focus on adding the finishing touches to your event.

If you have any questions or are interested in having one of our program consultants compile a customized list of moderator and emcee recommendations for you to consider based on your specific event, topic, theme, and audience, please contact our team.

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If you are looking for a specific speaker not listed above, we still encourage you to contact our team as we specialize in placing hard-to-find and in-demand keynote speakers from all around the world, which may not be listed on our website.