Norah O'Donnell was named a co-host of CBS THIS MORNING in July 2012.
An Emmy Award winner, she joined CBS News in June 2011 as the Network’s Chief White House Correspondent, where she’s conducted interviews with a who’s who of political power players. She also serves as the primary substitute anchor for FACE THE NATION and reports for all CBS News broadcasts and platforms.
In the past year, O’Donnell has traveled the globe with President Barack Obama and had news-making interviews with United States Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
As CBS News’ Chief White House Correspondent, O’Donnell has earned a reputation as a tough but fair journalist willing to ask politicians and their handlers the questions that get real answers.
Prior to joining CBS News, O’Donnell was the Chief Washington Correspondent for MSNBC and a contributing correspondent for NBC News’ “Today” and “Weekend Today.” She was also a regular contributor to all of NBC News platforms and served as a substitute anchor on the 9:00 AM hour of “Today.” She won an Emmy as part of NBC News’ election night coverage.
O’Donnell joined NBC News in 1999. Prior to that, she was a staff reporter for the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call, and worked as a contributor and analyst for MSNBC.
During her extensive journalism career, O’Donnell has reported on the 2008 presidential elections, the 2004 presidential campaign of President George W. Bush and the 2000 presidential campaigns of John McCain and George W. Bush. She’s also covered the Republican and Democratic conventions, election nights and the 2000 Florida recount.
Besides an Emmy, O’Donnell’s work has also earned a prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Breaking News Coverage.
Born into a military family, O'Donnell grew up in San Antonio, Texas; Landstuhl, Germany; Seoul, Korea; and Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. She also holds a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University. She is married to Geoff Tracy, a restaurateur in Washington, D.C. They have three children.