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Margaret Brennan

Moderator of CBS News’ Face The Nation & CBS News’ Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent
  • Goes in depth on pressing issues with the biggest names in politics and media each week on Face the Nation
  • Second-ever female host of the flagship, 63-year-old Sunday show
  • Two decades experience covering politics, international affairs, global markets, and the White House for CBS, CNBC, and Bloomberg
  • Delivers a fact-based, balanced look at the news driving Washington paired with global stories and insights that light up emerging global trends
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Margaret Brennan has reported on politics, international affairs, and global markets for nearly two decades. Currently the moderator of CBS News’ Face the Nation and the network’s senior foreign affairs correspondent, she is one of the most visible faces in political news today and only the second-ever female host of the 63-year-old program. Brennan focuses on offering a fact-based review of the day’s biggest ongoing news as well as breaking stories, and draws on her extensive global experience to provide an unbiased, big-picture look at the issues that matter now. She skillfully connects waves passing through Washington to larger global tides turning and remaking culture, politics, the global economy, and more.

In presentations, and on her weekly program, Brennan aims to cover issues in a way that illustrates their larger impact on the daily lives of her viewers and attendees. Noting that we put business, politics, and international affairs in “different sections of the paper” when they’re actually all tightly interconnected, Brennan highlights local news stemming from and feeding into global realignments including the remaking of political parties. She also offers fascinating anecdotes from her weekly interviews with the biggest faces in politics today.

Brennan joined CBS News in 2012 and was named White House and senior foreign affairs correspondent in 2017. Brennan has been based in Washington since 2012 and has reported on the Trump administration, and previously President Obama's administration, for all CBS News programs. Previously, Brennan covered the United States State Department for four years, where she reported on major national security stories including nuclear negotiations with Iran; restoration of diplomatic ties with Cuba; the standoff with North Korea; the conflict in Ukraine; and the accord to transfer control of Syria's chemical weapons.

Prior to joining CBS News, Brennan spent a decade covering the global financial markets. Brennan anchored and reported for Bloomberg Television globally. Previously, she was a correspondent at CNBC with a focus on the consumer during the financial crisis. She also contributed to various NBC News programs. Brennan began her career as a producer for CNBC's Wall $treet Week with Louis Rukeyser.

Brennan is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations and sits on the Advisory Board for the University of Virginia School of Politics. She graduated with highest distinction from the University of Virginia in 2002, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Foreign Affairs and Middle East Studies with a minor in Arabic. As a Fulbright-Hays Scholar, she studied Arabic at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan. She is also the recipient of an honorary doctor of letters degree from Niagara University. 

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