Alumni Stories

Norah O’Donnell (C’95, G’03)

Chief Washington Correspondent, MSNBC

Location: Wagner Alumni House
Producer/Interviewer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10)

Norah O’Donnell

As the chief Washington correspondent for NBC News’ 24-hour cable channel, MSNBC, Norah O’Donnell has had a front row seat to history. Washingtonian magazine has included O’Donnell in its list of Washington’s 100 most powerful women. Here, she reflects on the foundation she gained at Georgetown and how her philosophy classes continue to inspire her.

O’Donnell covered the historic 2008 presidential election, anchoring throughout the primaries and reporting exit poll numbers. Her assignments took her around the globe, reporting from every continent except Antarctica with the President of the United States and the Secretary of Defense. In addition, she covered the Florida recount, 9/11, the Pentagon and the war in Afghanistan. Prior to joining NBC, she was a staff reporter for Roll Call, a Capitol Hill newspaper. Her first job after Georgetown was at The Hotline, a publication that, in her words, “people in the news business read.”

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