Chuck Todd

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Chuck Todd
Chuck Todd by Gage Skidmore(2015).jpg
Born Charles David Todd
(1972-04-08) April 8, 1972 (age 43)
Miami, Florida, United States
Education George Washington University
Occupation Moderator of Meet the Press
NBC News Political Director
Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University
Religion Reform Judaism
Spouse(s) Kristian Denny Todd
Children Margaret Todd
Harrison Todd

Charles David "Chuck" Todd (born April 8, 1972)[1] is an American television personality who is the 12th moderator of Meet the Press. He also serves as the Political Director for NBC News. Prior to taking the helm of Meet the Press, Todd was Chief White House correspondent for the network and host of The Daily Rundown on MSNBC. He became political director in March 2007. He also serves as NBC News' on-air political analyst for NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and Today.

Todd's first edition of Meet the Press aired on Sunday, September 7, 2014.

Early life and education[edit]

Todd was born in Miami, Florida, the son of Lois Cheri (née Bernstein) and Stephen Randolph Todd.[2] He is Jewish on his mother's side, and was raised Jewish.[3][4] He graduated from Miami Killian Senior High School in the Kendall neighborhood of greater Miami. Todd attended George Washington University from 1990 to 1994. He played French horn and attended on a music scholarship.[5] Although he majored in political science and minored in music, he did not graduate.[6]


Political campaigns[edit]

Before entering the world of political reporting and analysis, Todd earned practical political experience on initiative campaigns in Florida and various national campaigns based in Washington, D.C.[7] While in college, Todd worked for the 1992 presidential campaign of Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and later started part-time at The Hotline.

The Hotline[edit]

From 1992 until March 12, 2007, Todd worked for National Journal's The Hotline, where he was editor-in-chief for six years.[8] As part of his position, Todd also co-hosted, with John Mercurio, the webcast series Hotline TV, consisting of a daily show lasting between three and seven minutes and a weekly show ranging between 20 and 30 minutes. He became a frequent guest on political discussion shows, such as Hardball with Chris Matthews and Inside Politics with Judy Woodruff.

NBC News[edit]

Tim Russert brought Todd to NBC from The Hotline in March 2007.[8] He became NBC News’ political director at that time. After Russert's death, Todd was a candidate to replace him as the host of NBC's Meet the Press,[9] but David Gregory was ultimately selected for the job. As NBC News Political Director, Todd often provides on-air political analysis on political discussion shows, including Morning Joe, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Meet the Press, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, and The Rachel Maddow Show[8] and blogs for at "First Read."[10] He also does a weekly Question and Answer ("Q&A") session with users at Newsvine.

On December 18, 2008, NBC announced[11] that Todd would succeed Gregory as NBC News Chief White House Correspondent, partnering with Savannah Guthrie on the news beat. He retained his title as NBC News Political Director and was also named Contributing Editor to Meet the Press. Todd was a focus of an August 2008 Los Angeles Times article paralleling Todd's rise to the rise of cable news networks in coverage of U.S. politics.[12] The article noted the emergence of Todd's fans, deemed "Chuckolytes".

On July 6, 2009, former MSNBC television personality Dan Abrams launched a website service, Mediaite, reporting on media figures. The site ranks all TV-based journalists in America by influence. Todd ranked, as of October 2009, right before Mike Wallace as number five.[13] Todd rose to number two as of December 21, 2011, but has since fallen to 90 as of January 9, 2013. On January 11, 2010, Todd became co-host, with Savannah Guthrie, of The Daily Rundown on MSNBC, weekday mornings from 9 to 10 a.m. ET.

On August 14, 2014, NBC announced that Todd would take over as the host of Meet the Press beginning September 7, 2014.[14] While remaining NBC News political director, Todd left his role as chief White House correspondent as well as anchor of The Daily Rundown.

On July 23, 2015, MSNBC announced Todd would return to their network with a daily political show, MTP Daily (a Monday-Friday extension of his Sunday NBC show, Meet the Press), focusing on the 2016 presidential election, airing weekdays at 5 p.m. Eastern. The announcement was part of a larger shift at MSNBC to more news programming and less opinion. Todd will continue moderating Meet the Press.

Other professional ventures[edit]

Todd is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University.[15] He is the author of The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House. Published in 2014, the Jersey Nightly Journal described the book as "improperly sourced and deeply uninformed."[16] Todd is also co-author, with Sheldon Gawiser, of How Barack Obama Won: A State-by-State Guide to the Historic 2008 Presidential Election, published in 2009.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Todd resides in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife, Kristian Denny Todd, daughter Margaret, and son Harrison.[18] Kristian is a communications professional and co-founder of Maverick Strategies and Mail, which provides direct mail and consulting services for Democratic candidates and progressive causes.[18][19][20] Kristian was the spokesperson for the successful U.S. Senate campaign of Senator Jim Webb.[21]

Todd received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, in recognition of his work in journalism, from Marymount University.[22] Despite growing up in Miami, Todd is a lifelong supporter of the Green Bay Packers.[23] As evidenced by numerous posts on his Twitter account, he is also an avid supporter of the collegiate Miami Hurricanes football team.

Todd is a congregant in the Reform congregation of Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Virginia.[20]


  1. ^ "Hotline Says, "On Sunday, NBC's Political Director Officially Turns Old"". Fishbowl DC (Media Bistro). April 6, 2007. 
  2. ^ "Charles David Todd (b. 08 Apr 1972)". Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  3. ^ Bloom, Nate (2012-11-13). "Interfaith Celebrities: Nate Silver, Another Bond, and Happy End". InterfaithFamily. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  4. ^ Haaretz: "Former 'Meet the Press' host David Gregory writing book on his Jewish faith" by Anthony Weiss August 24, 2014
  5. ^ Lipman, Joanne. "Is Music the Key to Success?". New York Times. Retrieved 14 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "GWU Non-degree Alumni". Retrieved 1 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Chuck Todd Leaves Hotline, Joins NBC News As Political Director". Fishbowl DC (Media Bistro). February 14, 2007. 
  8. ^ a b c Barnhart, Aaron (2008-06-14). "MSNBC’s Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow are young, geeky and hot". Kansas City Star. 
  9. ^ Calderone, Michael (2008-06-14). "Sundays after Russert". 
  10. ^ "First Read". Retrieved 2013-11-30. 
  11. ^ "Chuck Todd Named NBC News Chief White House Correspondent". NBC Press Release. 2008-12-18. 
  12. ^ Gold, Matea (2008-08-17). "For political conventions, cable networks are the go-to channels". Los Angeles Times. 
  13. ^ "Chuck Todd". Mediaite. Retrieved October 11, 2009. 
  14. ^ Carter, Bill (2014-08-14). "NBC Chooses Chuck Todd to Replace David Gregory on ‘Meet the Press’". The New York Times. 
  15. ^ "Chuck Todd NBC News Political Director". MSNBC. 2007-06-12. 
  16. ^ "The Stranger Amazon page". 
  17. ^ Vintage Press ISBN 978-0-307-47366-0
  18. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  19. ^ "Kristian Denny Todd large relationship map". Muckety. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  20. ^ a b Boorstein, Michelle. The Washington Post, 8 October 2008, "D.C. Area's Take on Yom Kippur's Downtime". Accessed 14 August 2011.
  21. ^ Washington Post: "Democratic Organizer Quits After Calling Allen 'Macacawitz'" by Tim Craig October 5, 2006
  22. ^ "News Details". 2013-02-22. Retrieved 2013-08-17. 
  23. ^ "Conversation with NBC News' Chuck Todd, devoted Packers fan". 620 WTMJ. 2013-09-13. 

Published works[edit]

  • Todd, Chuck (2014). The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House. Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 978-0316079570. 

External links[edit]

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Preceded by
David Gregory
Meet the Press Moderator
September 7, 2014 – present
Succeeded by