Margaret Brennan

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Margaret Brennan
BornStamford, Connecticut, U.S.
EthnicityIrish American
Notable credit(s)News Presenter, Correspondent, Reporter, Bloomberg Television
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Margaret Brennan
BornStamford, Connecticut, U.S.
EthnicityIrish American
Notable credit(s)News Presenter, Correspondent, Reporter, Bloomberg Television

Margaret Brennan is a Correspondent for CBS News. Margaret Brennan is principally assigned to the State Department and also serves as a general assignment correspondent based in Washington, DC.

Since joining CBS News in July 2012, Brennan’s reporting has taken her throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East. She was also among the first reporters to interview Hillary Clinton about the fatal attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya and traveled with the then-Secretary of State to report on foreign policy issues around the world. Brennan was also one of the few US correspondents reporting from Tehran during the 2012 Non-Aligned Movement which marked the largest international gathering in Iran since the founding of the Islamic Republic.

Most recently, Brennan anchored Bloomberg Television's "InBusiness with Margaret Brennan," a weekday program broadcast live from the NYSE that covered the top political, economic and global financial news impacting the marketplace. During her tenure there she broadcast live from Riyadh, Dubai, Cairo, London, Dublin, Abu Dhabi and Davos. Brennan covered top breaking news stories involving the European debt crisis, the largest insider trading case in U.S. history and the BP oil spill. She anchored live from Tahrir Square as Hosni Mubarak stepped down after 30 years in power.

Additionally, Brennan has interviewed the International Monetary Fund's Christine Lagarde, investor George Soros, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, as well as Ireland's Prime Minister and Dubai's ruler following their respective debt crises. She also helped lead anchor coverage of Bloomberg's Republican presidential candidate debate.

Previously, Brennan served as a general assignment correspondent at CNBC, where she reported for NBC's "Today" and "Nightly News," covered the retail industry, and worked with the late Louis Rukeyser.

Brennan is a Whitehead Fellow with the Foreign Policy Association, a member of the Economic Club of New York, serves on the Advisory Board of the Smurfit School of Business at the University College Dublin. She graduated with highest distinction from the University of Virginia, with a bachelor's degree in foreign affairs and Middle East studies and a minor in Arabic language. As a Fulbright-Hays Scholar, she studied Arabic at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan.

Irish America magazine named her one of the top Irish Americans and one of the top 100 Irish-Americans in business and in media. In 2003, she was named one of the top journalists under the age of 30 by the NewsBios/TJFR Group.[1]


Personal life

Brennan was born in Connecticut to parents Ed & Jane Brennan and attended Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, CT. She graduated with highest distinction from the University of Virginia in 2002. She received a B.A. in Foreign Affairs and was named an Emmerich-Wright scholar for an outstanding thesis. Brennan also received a B.A. in Middle East Studies with a minor in Arabic language. As a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar, Brennan studied Arabic at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan.


CNBC 2002~2009

Brennan began her business news career in 2002 at CNBC as a producer for financial news legend Louis Rukeyser. She wrote, researched and booked guests for the weekly "Louis Rukeyser’s Wall Street" program and primetime specials. Brennan later worked as a producer on "Street Signs with Ron Insana" for which she coordinated guest bookings and produced interviews with President George W. Bush and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Bloomberg 2009~2012

On June 24, 2009, Margaret Brennan left CNBC to join Bloomberg Television to anchor the 10 a.m. hour:

"I'm going to be anchoring there, and hopefully expanding my reporting as well...It's a tremendous opportunity to join an already great team. My background and my interest is in international news. I'd love to tap into that. I've been covering the consumer and retail for a few good years now at CNBC....I think across the board, you can't separate the business stories from the international political stories any longer. Covering the global consumer, covering the global markets—all that is going to be a part of the canvas here."—Margaret Brennan,The Observer

Brennan transition from CNBC to Bloomberg in September 2009.[2] On April 27, 2012, she hosted her last show of InBusiness. No reason was given for her departure, other than the choice to pursue new opportunities'.

CBS News 2012-

In July 2012, Brennan joined CBS News as a State Department correspondent based in Washington, D. C.[3] She is also a substitute anchor on the CBS Evening News.


Margaret Brennan was a General Assignment Reporter for CNBC. She has conducted newsmaking interviews with former Wal-Mart's CEO Lee Scott, Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen and others. She broke the story of Circuit City's liquidation in 2009 and regularly covered changing consumer trends for the network.

Of Note

She is a Whitehead Fellow at the Foreign Policy Association. She is also on the North American Advisory board of the Smurfit Business School at the University College of Dublin. She is a member of the Economic Club of New York.

Irish America Magazine named her as one of the top 100 most influential Irish Americans. She received the Fulbright Award for international understanding in 2010. She was named to Maxim's list of TV's Hottest News Anchors in 2008.


On January 4, 2012, Margaret Brennan was quoted in the New York Times:

“We in TV have turned the caucus into broadcast news’ version of ‘American Idol,’ ” Margaret Brennan, a morning anchor for Bloomberg TV, wrote in a Twitter message on Tuesday night. The tactic, she wrote, was to “make it feel like a breaking event and hope people watch.”


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