Norah O’Donnell Biography
Norah O’Donnell born Norah Morahan O’Donnell is an American print and television journalist, currently serving as anchor and managing editor of “CBS Evening News”. Previously she served as the co-anchor of CBS This Morning. O’Donnell is the former Chief White House Correspondent for CBS News and the substitute host for CBS’s Sunday morning show Face the Nation.
Norah O’Donnell Age
Norah Morahan O’Donnell was born on January 23, 1974 in Washington, D.C., U.S. She is 45 years old as of 2019.
Norah O’Donnell Height & Weight
O’Donnell stands at a height of 5 feet 6 inches (1.68m) and weighs 60 Kgs.
Norah O’Donnell Salary & Net Worth
O’Donnell is getting an annual salary which is between $7 million and $8 million for the “Evening News” job. Previously she was recieving about $5 million on “CBS This Morning. O’Donnell has accumulated an estimated net worth of $8 million dollars.
Norah O’Donnell Husband
O’Donnell married Geoff Tracy a restaurateur and owner of D.C. restaurant Chef Geoff’s, in June 2001. On May 20, 2007. O’Donnell and Tracy became the parents of twins, whom they named Grace and Henry. On July 5, 2008 they welcomed their third child, daughter Riley Norah Tracy. 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, husband and her kids lives in Washington, D.C. and New York City’s Upper West Side neighborhood.
Norah O’Donnell Parents | Family
Born in Washington, D.C., O’Donnell is the daughter of Francis O’Donnell, a doctor. Both of her parents are of Irish descent. When Norah was 3 years old, her family moved to San Antonio, Texas. When she was 10, the family spent two years in Seoul, living in Yongsan Garrison as her father was assigned to work there.
Norah O’Donnell Education
After her family moved back to San Antonio, she graduated from Douglas MacArthur High School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and a master’s degree in liberal studies from Georgetown University.
Norah O’Donnell Career
O’Donnell started her career as a staff writer for Roll Call, where she covered Congress. She spent 12 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, she 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, Dateline NBC, The Today Show 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, O’Donnell 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. O’Donnell was chief White House correspondent in 2011 and 2012 and became a co-anchor on CBS That Morning in fall of 2012. She was announced as the new anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News broadcast effective on May 20, 2019 and will additionally serve as the network’s lead anchor of political event coverage.
- 1994-1996: Panelist, Youngbloods (show) National Empowerment Television
- 1999–2011: NBC News/MSNBC
- 1999–2011: Washington Bureau correspondent
- 1999–2011: Weekend Today rotating news anchor
- 1999–2011: MSNBC Live fill-in anchor
- 2000-2011: Dateline NBC contributing correspondent
- 2003–2011: NBC News White House correspondent
- 2005–2011: MSNBC Chief White House correspondent
- 2011–present: CBS News
- 2011–2012: Chief White House correspondent
- 2011– May 2019: CBS Evening News fill-in anchor
- 2012– May 2019: CBS This Morning co-anchor
- 2011–present: Face the Nation fill-in host and correspondent
- 2013–present: 60 Minutes correspondent
- 2017– May 2019: CBS This Morning anchor
- 2019–present: CBS Evening News anchor and managing editor
Charlie Rose Allegations
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 Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King 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.
Norah O’Donnell Awards Recognition
O’Donnell was named by Washingtonian Magazine as one of Washington’s 100 most powerful women. She 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.
O’Donnell 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. In 2018, She was also awarded an Emmy 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.
Facts didn’t about Norah O’Donnell:
- She’s the third woman ever to solo anchor a network evening news broadcast (after Diane Sawyer at ABC and Katie Couric at CBS)
- She has 12-year-old twins, an 11-year-old, and a dog named Ollie
- She has reported from every continent except Antarctica while traveling with a president or cabinet secretary
- She has covered the last six presidential elections
- As a child, she lived in Landstuhl, Germany, Seoul, South Korea and San Antonio, Texas while her father was in the military
- You can watch the entire interview with O’Donnell in the above video.