Margaret Brennan

Margaret Brennan

Face the Nation Moderator and Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, CBS News

Margaret Brennan is moderator of “Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan” on CBS. She is also the network’s chief foreign affairs correspondent, based in Washington, D.C.

Brennan has a background in national security and financial news and is known for her tough but fair questioning of world leaders, politicians and policymakers. The broadcast was the most watched Sunday morning public affairs program during the 2020-2022 television seasons and has received numerous awards and nominations for Brennan’s interviews and news analysis and coverage of issues including the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. and Iran relations, the collapse of Afghanistan in 2022, and the Parkland High School shooting. These include an Emmy Award in 2018 for Brennan and four additional Emmy nominations for the broadcast; the Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in TV Political Journalism; the National Headliner Award for broadcast and cable coverage of a continuing news event; and the Wilbur Award from the Religion Communications Council. Brennan was recognized in 2023 with Multichannel News’ annual Woman of Influence Award.

She joined CBS News in 2012 and has held roles including State Department and White House correspondent. Prior to joining CBS News, Brennan spent a decade covering the global financial markets. She anchored and reported for Bloomberg Television around the globe. Previously, she was a correspondent at CNBC with a focus on the consumer during the 2008 financial crisis and contributed to various NBC News programs. Brennan began her career as a producer for CNBC’s “Wall Street Week with Louis Rukeyser.”

Brennan is a board member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Smurfit School of Business at University College Dublin. She is a board member and Center Scholar for the University of Virginia Center for Politics. Brennan is also a member of the Gridiron Club.

Brennan graduated with highest distinction from the University of Virginia in 2002, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in foreign affairs and Middle East studies with a minor in Arabic. As a Fulbright-Hays Scholar, she studied Arabic at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan. She is also the recipient of an honorary doctor of letters degree from Niagara University.