Norah O’Donnell has been named chief Washington correspondent for NBC News’ 24-hour cable channel, MSNBC. In addition, O’Donnell has been named a contributing correspondent for NBC’s top-rated “Today.” The announcement was made by NBC News President Neal Shapiro and MSNBC President Rick Kaplan, and is effective immediately.
“Norah is a talented correspondent who brings great institutional knowledge and experience to the Washington beat,” Shapiro said. “Her new role allows her the opportunity to contribute in so many increased ways. Whether it’s live reporting, taped stories, anchoring, or insight and analysis, Norah will continue to be significant player for us.”
“Norah is a tremendous talent and has been a big asset to MSNBC with her reports from the White House and her contributions to our overall coverage of politics,” said Kaplan. “We look forward to her senior role in the network’s Washington coverage as our lead correspondent on major stories.”
O’Donnell has served as White House correspondent for NBC News since September 2003, where she reported for NBC broadcasts, including the top-rated “Today” and “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams.” She also reported for MSNBC and CNBC.
As NBC White House correspondent, O’Donnell covered President Bush during the 2004 presidential campaign, filing breaking news and hundreds of stories from the campaign trail. She has traveled internationally with the president, including his most recent trip to Europe where she delivered an exclusive interview with First Lady Laura Bush.
Prior to being named White House correspondent, O’Donnell had been NBC News’ Congressional correspondent.
Since joining NBC News, O’Donnell has covered the White House, Congress, and the Pentagon, and traveled and reported from every continent except Antarctica with administration officials. She has covered a number of major breaking news stories for both NBC and MSNBC, including the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
For her reporting on September 11, she received the prestigious Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi award for Breaking News Coverage for a “Dateline NBC” story titled, “DC in Crisis.” O’Donnell then covered the Pentagon following the terrorists attacks, traveling extensively with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and reporting from Afghanistan and Pakistan.
O’Donnell has been a correspondent with NBC News since 1999, reporting for all the news divisions broadcasts. Prior to joining NBC News, O’Donnell was a print reporter, covering Congress and House and Senate campaigns as a staff writer for Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper. From 1997-1999, she was also a contributor and news analyst for MSNBC.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, O’Donnell is a graduate of Georgetown University and received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy. She also holds a master’s degree from Georgetown. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, a restaurateur.