Norah O'Donnell

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Norah O'Donnell
Norah Morahan O’Donnell[1]

(1974-01-23) January 23, 1974 (age 45)
EducationDouglas MacArthur High School
Alma materGeorgetown University[2][3]
OccupationTelevision journalist
Years active1996–present
Notable credit(s)
Net worth$8 million
Spouse(s)Geoff Tracy (m. 2001)

Norah Morahan O’Donnell (born January 23, 1974) is an American print and television journalist, currently serving as the co-anchor of CBS This Morning. She is the former Chief White House Correspondent for CBS News and the substitute host for CBS's Sunday morning show Face the Nation.

Early life[edit]

O'Donnell was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Francis O'Donnell, a doctor. Her parents are both of Irish descent.[1] When Norah was 3, her family moved to San Antonio, Texas.[4] When she was 10, the family spent two years in Seoul, living in Yongsan Garrison as her father was assigned to work there.[5] The family moved back to San Antonio where she graduated from Douglas MacArthur High School.[6] She holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and a master's degree in liberal studies from Georgetown University.[3][7]


O'Donnell began her career as a staff writer for Roll Call, where she covered Congress.[8]

She spent twelve years of her career at the NBC networks. A commentator for the Today Show, Chief Washington Correspondent for MSNBC, and a White House correspondent for NBC News, O'Donnell was also a contributing anchor for MSNBC Live and an anchor on Weekend Today. O'Donnell reported for various NBC News broadcasts, including NBC Nightly News, The Today Show, Dateline NBC, and MSNBC. O'Donnell has filled in for Chris Matthews as host of Hardball with Chris Matthews and was a regular pundit for The Chris Matthews Show.

Since joining CBS, she has served as anchor in several of its highest-rated shows, filling in for Scott Pelley on the CBS Evening News multiple times, the first being October 10, 2011. She was chief White House correspondent in 2011 and 2012 and became a co-anchor on CBS This Morning in fall, 2012.

Career timeline[edit]

Charlie Rose allegations[edit]

On November 20, 2017, hours after veteran journalist Charlie Rose was accused of sexual misconduct by nearly a dozen women, his CBS This Morning co-anchors Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell addressed the situation. O'Donnell applauded the "courage" of these women to come forward with their stories in both The Washington Post and Business Insider, then took a moment for a "frank and honest assessment."

"Let me be very clear, there is no excuse for this alleged behavior," she said. "It is systematic and pervasive and I've been doing a lot of listening ... Women cannot achieve equality in the workplace or in society until there is a reckoning and a taking of responsibility ... This will be investigated, this has to end, this behavior is wrong."

Personal life[edit]

O'Donnell lives in Washington, D.C. and New York City's Upper West Side neighborhood with her husband,[9] restaurateur Geoff Tracy (owner of D.C. restaurant Chef Geoff's), whom she married in June 2001. On May 20, 2007,[10] O'Donnell and Tracy became the parents of twins, whom they named Grace and Henry.[11] 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 Tracy made a cookbook for parents titled Baby Love: Healthy, Easy, Delicious Meals for Your Baby and Toddler, released on August 31, 2010.[12] O'Donnell is a Roman Catholic.[13]

Awards and recognition[edit]

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 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.[citation needed][14]

She won an Emmy as part of NBC News' Election Night coverage team in 2008 for the category Outstanding Live Coverage of a Breaking News Story – Long Form.[15] She was also awarded an Emmy in 2018 for her six-month investigation and report on "Sexual Assault in the Air Force Academy" for "CBS This Morning" in the category "Outstanding Investigative Report in a Newscast." That same year, this story was given an honorable mention from the White House Correspondents' Association for the Edgar A. Poe Award.[16]


Several conservative hosts and bloggers, most notably Glenn Beck, took issue with O'Donnell's interview of a Sarah Palin supporter during a 2009 book signing. O'Donnell (then with MSNBC) pointed out that Jackie Seal was wearing a shirt against the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008, which Palin actually supported during the 2008 campaign. Beck ridiculed O'Donnell for "singling out a 13-year-old, and catching her off guard"; O'Donnell responded that Seal was 17 years old, and that she simply "walked the line and asked who wanted to talk on camera", and Seal volunteered.[17] Washington Post reporter David Weigel, and others, felt that O'Donnell asked a fair question. "It’s not O’Donnell’s fault", wrote commentator Steve Benen, "[that] the young woman has a limited understanding of her hero’s record."[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "On The Set with Norah O'Donnell - Irish America". Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  2. ^ Norah O'Donnell Guest Speaker Archived October 8, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b Staff (June 16, 2011). "Norah O'Donnell Gets CBS White House Beat". NewsCheckMedia LLC. Retrieved February 17, 2014.
  4. ^ Impressive! S.A. TV alumna joins CBS News by Jeanne Jakle. San Antonio Express-News, June 16, 2015. Retrieved June 17, 2015.
  5. ^ "Norah O'Donnell revisits her childhood home in South Korea". CBS News. June 22, 2017.
  6. ^ Jakle, Jeanne (October 2, 2012). "S.A.'s Norah O'Donnell perking up 'This Morning'". San Antonio Express-News. Retrieved February 17, 2014.
  7. ^ "Norah O'Donnell". CBS News. February 5, 2014. Retrieved February 17, 2014.
  8. ^ Abbey, Alison (February 9, 2018). "CBS This Morning Co-host Norah O'Donnell On Truth In Journalism And Sunday Traditions". "Parade". Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  9. ^ "N.Y. beckons, but a power couple still finds sense of home in Northwest D.C." The Washington Post. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  10. ^ "O'Donnell. Posted February 24, 2008; retrieved January 22, 2009". Archived from the original on February 27, 2009. Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  11. ^ Lynch, Lorrie (September 2, 2007). "Who's News: Norah O'Donnell". USA Weekend.[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ O'Donnell profile in The Washingtonian
  13. ^ Gotham Magazine: "Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell Keep It Real" interview by Mo Rocca June 19, 2014
  14. ^ "Sigma Delta Chi Awards - Society of Professional Journalists". Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  16. ^ "2018 Winners | White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA)". White House Correspondents' Association (WHCA). Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  17. ^ Calderone, Michael (Do the math 1974+17=1991) (November 20, 2009). "Palin fan responds to O'Donnell interview - Michael Calderone". Politico. Retrieved May 2, 2010.
  18. ^ Norah O'Donnell's Reasonable Question. Washington Monthly, retrieved January 5, 2017.

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