Major Garrett

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Major Garrett
Born (1962-08-24) August 24, 1962 (age 53)
San Diego, California
Education University of Missouri (B.J./B.S.)
Occupation Correspondent with the National Journal; reporter

Major Elliott Garrett (born August 24, 1962) is Chief White House Correspondent with CBS News and Correspondent at Large with the National Journal.[1] Major is his proper name, not indicating a military rank. Prior to joining the National Journal he was the senior White House correspondent for the Fox News Channel. He covered the 2004 presidential election, the War on Terror, and the 2008 presidential election where he covered the Democratic Party presidential primaries and later Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee.

In July 2015, Garrett made headlines when he asked Obama during a press conference why he was "content" with the Iran Nuclear Deal that left four Americans trapped in Iran, the four being Amir Mirza Hekmati, Jason Rezaian, Saeed Abedini, and Robert Levinson. Obama, thinking Garrett was implying he was content with their status, admonished Garrett with "...that's nonsense, and you should know better."[2][3][4]

Life and career[edit]

Garrett was born in San Diego, California. He graduated in 1984 from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science.[5] He is a member of Phi Gamma Delta.[6]

In the 1990s, Garrett was a senior editor and congressional correspondent for U.S. News & World Report and a congressional reporter for The Washington Times before joining CNN's White House team in early 2000 and Fox News in 2002 as a general assignment reporter. There, he covered the 2004 election and served as the network's congressional correspondent. He has also been a White House correspondent for CNN and an award-winning reporter across the country for Houston Post, Las Vegas Review-Journal, and Amarillo Globe-News. His articles have appeared in such magazines as The Weekly Standard, Washington Monthly, and Mother Jones.[7] He currently lives with his family in Washington, D.C.[8]

Garrett covered Barack Obama's presidential campaign. On January 13, 2009, Garrett became the senior White House correspondent for the Fox News Channel.[9]

Garrett left Fox News on September 3, 2010, to join National Journal.[10] His final day on Fox News was on America Live with Megyn Kelly. He is also a frequent guest commentator on MSNBC and on CBS's Face the Nation.

It was announced on Face the Nation on November 18, 2012, that Garrett would be joining CBS News as Chief White House Correspondent.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Weinger, Mackenzie (November 18, 2012), "Major Garrett joins CBS as chief White House correspondent", Politico 
  2. ^ Kludt, Tom (Jul 16, 2015). "Obama scolds reporter for Iran question: 'You should know better'". CNN. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Hunter, Derek (Jul 16, 2015). "Maher: Journalist Asking Obama Tough Question Might As Well Have Yelled N-Word". Daily Caller. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Darcy, Oliver (Jul 16, 2015). "CBS Reporter Major Garrett Responds to Public Scolding From Obama: ‘Clearly It Struck a Nerve’". The Blaze. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Profiles in Success: Major Garrett '84", Missouri School of Journalism website 
  6. ^ "Network Community page", The Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta website 
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  8. ^ "Major Garrett Bio", FOX News [dead link]
  9. ^ Steve Kapsinow (January 13, 2009), "Garrett Named Senior WH Correspondent", TVNewser ( 
  10. ^ Stelter, Brian; Peters, Jeremy W. (August 25, 2010), "National Journal Hires Major Garrett From Fox News", Media Decoder blog (The New York Times) 

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