Norah O'Donnell

Anchor of CBS Evening News
Norah O'Donnell Speaker
  • Former NBC Chief Washington Correspondent and news anchor for Weekend Today
  • Has reported from every continent except Antarctica
  • Has interviewed President Obama, Malala Yousafzai, the Dalai Lama, and more
  • Offers an in-depth look at the day’s big issues and the personalities driving Washington

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Norah O'Donnell is the anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News, the oldest and most revered evening news broadcast in America. She also anchors all of CBS News Election Specials and is a 60 MINUTES contributing correspondent.

O’Donnell is a multiple Emmy Award-winning journalist with nearly three decades of experience covering the biggest stories in the world and conducting impactful, news making interviews. She has covered six presidential elections and interviewed every living President of the United States.

O’Donnell is the only woman to anchor an evening news broadcast. Before taking over that role, she anchored CBS News’ morning television program in New York for more than seven years. During her distinguished career, she has covered the White House, Congress and the Pentagon.

Born into a military family, O'Donnell grew up in San Antonio, Texas; Landstuhl, Germany; Seoul, South Korea and Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of Georgetown University’s College of Arts and Sciences and received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy as well as a Master of Arts in liberal studies. She is married to the bacon-loving Geoff Tracy, otherwise known as Chef Geoff.

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Norah O'Donnell, Co-Host CBS This Morning

Breaking News With Norah O'Donnell.
Norah O’Donnell is a trusted journalistic voice who has covered the major political stories of our time. O’Donnell draws on her impressive daily interviews with major media, culture, and political figures daily to take audiences beyond the headlines, providing a detailed sense of the complex issues in the news today.

In this presentation, O’Donnell shares:

  • Thought-provoking analysis of the events that shape our world and the key players at the forefront of headline news
  • Insights on the current administration’s efforts to shape legislation and policy on the economy, healthcare, environment, and more
  • Views on the media’s coverage of the administration and the administration’s use of technology to rally the public behind public policy initiatives

The Future of US Political Leadership: Women, Minorities, & Global Comparisons.
The Obama Administration ushered in a new team reflective of America’s diverse population. While the Executive Branch has achieved diversity, the US Congress, governor seats, and state legislatures fall woefully short of reflecting the electorate which is 54% women and 12% African American. Globally, several other countries have had women heads of state.

Known for her exceptional research and keen interviewing skills, O’Donnell delves into the lack of diversity in US elected positions by analyzing:

  • Why America’s office holders lack diversity
  • Global insight into how the rest of the world is doing in electing women to office
  • Insight into the extensive mobilization and fundraising involvement of women and minorities in previous campaigns and what it foretells for the future
  • How the administration’s diversity affects public policy

Work & Family: Achieving Balance & Leaving Time For Yourself.
Norah O’Donnell has been a career journalist for over a decade and a mother for only a few years, but it didn't take her very long to understand that the notion of “work-life balance” really is a misnomer. Things are hardly ever in “balance:” career-oriented women often spending their days prioritizing and re-prioritizing as they’re overtaken by the day’s events.

In a funny, candid and poignant presentation, O’Donnell discusses:

  • The sacrifices of today’s working women and mothers
  • Insight and solutions that allow them to take the pressure off themselves to achieve anything approximating balance
  • How to live in the moment at work and at home—and make it all work

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