Margaret Warner

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Margaret Warner
Margaret Warner (right) interviews General Walter L. Sharp during a documentary on the Republic of Korea (2011)
Born Margaret Garrard Warner
(1950-02-12) February 12, 1950 (age 66)
Chevy Chase, Maryland
Residence Washington, D.C.
Alma mater Yale University (B.A., English, 1971)
Occupation journalist and reporter
Known for PBS Newshour
Spouse(s) John R. Reilly (1986–2008, his death)
Relatives Six stepchildren, many grandchildren, Abby Parker Warner (sister),

Margaret Garrard Warner is a senior correspondent for The PBS NewsHour. Before joining the NewsHour in 1993, she was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, The San Diego Union-Tribune, the Concord Monitor, and Newsweek.

In addition, Warner has appeared on PBS' Washington Week In Review and CNN's The Capital Gang and is a co-host of the radio program America Abroad, which focuses on international issues.

Education and personal life[edit]

Margaret Warner is the daughter of Brainard Henry Warner III and Mildred Warner of Chevy Chase, Maryland. She is a graduate of the Holton-Arms School of Bethesda, Maryland, and was one of the first women to graduate from Yale University with a BA, cum laude, in English in 1971. Her father was a partner in the Washington law firm of Ogilby, Huhn & Barr. Her mother, Mildred Warner, was a trustee of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington.[1]

Warner is a great-granddaughter of the founder of the Washington Loan and Trust Company, which was consolidated into the Riggs National Bank.[1]

She was married to former Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, John R. Reilly,[1] until his death in October 2008.[2]


Since 2006, Warner has compiled on-the-ground reports for The NewsHour. Much of her reporting is low-budget[3] and covers civil liberties and politics in South Asia, China and Russia.[4]

She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a trustee of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges,[5] and she serves on the President’s Council on International Activities at Yale University.[6][7]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2008. Warner won an Emmy Award for her coverage of the turmoil in Pakistan and the Edward Weintal Prize for International Reporting from Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy for her overseas reporting
  • 1990. Her diplomatic coverage for Newsweek during the Gulf War made her runner-up for the National Press Club's 1990 Edwin M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Reporting.
  • She also shared, with a Newsweek team, the prestigious George Polk Award for coverage of terrorism, and the Best Reporting Award from the Overseas Press Club.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Margaret Warner Weds John R. Reilly, The New York Times, September 7, 1986
  2. ^ Hevesi, Dennis. "John R. Reilly, Adviser to Mondale, Is Dead at 80", The New York Times, October 15, 2008. Accessed October 16, 2008
  3. ^ Warner, Margaret (2009-09-09). "Reporter's Notebook: Challenges of Reporting From Closed Societies". The Online Newshour. Retrieved 2009-09-11. 
  4. ^ Warner has compiled a number of reports on Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, China and Russia.
  5. ^ "About Board of Trustees", Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, website
  6. ^ "Bio: Margaret Warner", Brussels Forum, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
  7. ^ "Bio: Margaret Warner", Yale University website

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