Norah O'Donnell

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Norah O'Donnell
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Born (1974-01-23) January 23, 1974 (age 40)
Washington, D.C., USA
Education B.A., M.A.; Georgetown University[1][2]
Occupation Television news correspondent
Years active 1996–present
Notable credit(s) Chris Matthews, NBC Nightly News, Dateline NBC, Weekend Today, CBS This Morning
Title Co-Anchor
Spouse(s) Geoff Tracy
Children Henry Tracy (twin)
Grace Tracy (twin)
Riley Norah Tracy

Norah O'Donnell (born January 23, 1974) is an American print and television journalist, currently serving as the co-anchor of CBS This Morning, a position she has held since July 2012, when she replaced Erica Hill. Prior to that she spent one year as Chief White House Correspondent for CBS News in Washington, D.C., after moving to the network from NBC. She is also the substitute host for CBS's Sunday morning show, Face the Nation.

Early life[edit]

O'Donnell was born in Washington, D.C. She graduated from Douglas MacArthur High School in San Antonio, Texas.[3] She holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and a masters degree in liberal studies from Georgetown University.[4][2]

Career[edit]

O'Donnell initially served as staff writer for Roll Call, where she covered Congress.

A commentator for the NBC News Today Show, Chief Washington Correspondent for MSNBC, and from September 2003 to May 2005, the White House correspondent for NBC News. O'Donnell was also a contributing anchor for MSNBC Live, and a rotating news anchor on Weekend Today. O'Donnell has done reports that have appeared on numerous NBC News broadcasts, including NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, Dateline NBC, and MSNBC. O'Donnell has also filled in for Chris Matthews as host of Hardball with Chris Matthews and was a regular pundit for The Chris Matthews Show. She also co-hosted the New York City St. Patrick's Day Parade on WNBC since 2007.

Since joining CBS, she has filled in for Scott Pelley on the CBS Evening News multiple times; the first being on October 10, 2011.

Washingtonian Magazine has named O'Donnell as one of Washington's 100 most powerful women. O'Donnell has also been named to Irish American Magazine's 2000 "Top 100 Irish Americans" list.

O'Donnell became a co-anchor on CBS This Morning in fall 2012, replacing Erica Hill.

Personal life[edit]

O'Donnell lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband, restaurateur Geoff Tracy (owner of D.C. restaurant, Chef Geoff's), whom she married in June 2001. On May 20, 2007,[5] Norah and Geoff became the parents of twins, whom they named Grace and Henry.[6] Their third child, daughter Riley Norah Tracy, was born on July 5, 2008; O'Donnell noted that her daughter's first name had been suggested by Tim Russert, who died three weeks prior to Riley's birth. O'Donnell and her husband Geoff Tracy made a cookbook for parents titled Baby Love: Healthy, Easy, Delicious Meals for Your Baby and Toddler, released on August 31, 2010.[7]

Awards[edit]

O'Donnell won the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Breaking News Coverage for the Dateline NBC story "DC In Crisis," which aired on the night of September 11, 2001.

She also won an Emmy for NBC News' Election Night coverage in 2008.

Criticism[edit]

O'Donnell was heavily criticized by conservatives for her interview of a Sarah Palin supporter attending a book signing. While speaking with people in the line, O'Donnell pointed out the inconsistency of Jackie Seal, a Palin supporter, wearing a shirt against the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, which Palin supported. Several conservative hosts and bloggers, most notably Glenn Beck, criticized O'Donnell for the interview. O'Donnell wrote on Twitter that she had voted in the 2008 election; however, Seal said she was 17 years old and therefore did not vote in the election.[8]

In April 2010, O'Donnell implied that Newt Gingrich had made racist comments at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference for a basketball reference he made when criticizing Barack Obama. Gingrich had said "What we need is a president, not an athlete. Shooting three-point shots may be clever, but it doesn't put anybody to work."[9] In response to the criticism, Gingrich said, "The left is becoming a parody of itself ... she immediately said that must be a racist comment. It's relatively hard to go from 'we need somebody who is a good president more than somebody who shoots three-point shots' to 'that must have been racist.'"[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Norah O'Donnell Guest Speaker WashingtonPostLive.com
  2. ^ a b Staff (2011-06-16). "Norah O'Donnell Gets CBS White House Beat". TVNewsCheck.com. NewsCheckMedia LLC. Retrieved 2014-02-17. 
  3. ^ Jakle, Jeanne (2012-10-02). "S.A.’s Norah O’Donnell perking up ‘This Morning’". Blog.mysanantonio.com. San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved 2014-02-17. 
  4. ^ "Norah O'Donnell". cbsnews.com. CBS News. 2014-02-05. Retrieved 2014-02-17. 
  5. ^ O'Donnell. Posted February 24, 2008; retrieved January 22, 2009
  6. ^ Lynch, Lorrie (2007-09-02). "Who's News: Norah O'Donnell". USA Weekend. 
  7. ^ O'Donnell profile in The Washingtonian
  8. ^ Calderone, Michael (Do the math 1974+17=1991) (2009-11-20). "Palin fan responds to O'Donnell interview - Michael Calderone". Politico. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  9. ^ Brian Montopoli (April 8, 2010). "Newt Gingrich: We Need a President, Not An Athlete". CBS. Retrieved December 10, 2011. [dead link]
  10. ^ "Team Fox: Gingrich gripes about MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell". Washington Examiner. 2010-04-13. Retrieved 2010-05-02. [dead link]

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