Margaret Brennan

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Margaret Brennan
Born Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.
Ethnicity Irish American
Notable credit(s) News Presenter, Correspondent, Reporter in CBS News

Margaret Brennan is a general assignment correspondent for CBS News based in Washington, D.C., covering the U.S. State Department.[1]

Early life and education

Brennan was born in Stamford, Connecticut to Edward and Jane Brennan. She graduated from the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, Connecticut in 1998. She graduated with highest distinction from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville in 2002 with a B.A. in Foreign Affairs and Middle East Studies with a minor in Arabic language. She was named an Emmerich-Wright scholar for an outstanding thesis. Brennan studied Arabic abroad, at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan, on a Fulbright-Hays Grant.


Previously, she covered the retail industry for CNBC and contributed to NBC's Today and NBC Nightly News, and worked with the late Louis Rukeyser. Most recently, Brennan was an anchor at Bloomberg TV.

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 2012 Republican presidential candidate debate.

At a press conference on September 9, 2013, she asked Secretary of State John Kerry about any possibility for the Syrian government to avoid a U.S. strike. Kerry answered that Assad could "turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week"[2]—although later his answer was retracted as "a rhetorical argument about the impossibility and unlikelihood of Assad turning over chemical weapons he has denied using" by a State Department spokesperson—led Russia's foreign minister Sergey V. Lavrov to propose this as a solution to the crisis.[3]

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


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 former President George W. Bush and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

Bloomberg Television

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 Television in September 2009.[4] 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'.

Most recently, Brennan anchored InBusiness with Margaret Brennan, a weekday program broadcast live from the New York Stock Exchange 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.

CBS News

In July 2012, Brennan joined CBS News as a State Department correspondent based in Washington, D. C.[5] She is also a substitute anchor on CBS This Morning and the CBS Evening News.

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.


Brennan is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations, a Whitehead Fellow with the Foreign Policy Association, serves on the alumni advisory board at the University of Virginia school of politics, 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.

Honors and awards

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.[6]

Brennan received the Fulbright Award for international understanding in 2010.

She was named one of TV's Hottest News Anchors in Maxim in 2008.


  1. "Margaret Brennan - Aspen Security Forum". Retrieved 14 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Press Conference by Kerry, British Foreign Secretary Hague". Retrieved 14 July 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Gordon, Michael R. (2013-09-09). "Obama Calls Russia Offer on Syria Possible 'Breakthrough'". The New York Times.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. tvnewser (2009-09-14). "Margaret Brennan's New Gig: Bloomberg TV". Retrieved 2012-05-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Margaret Brennan". CBS News. 2012-08-07. Retrieved 2012-08-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Past NewsBios 30 Under 30 Award Winners". NewsBios, A Division of the TJFR Group, Inc. 2010-02-12. Archived from the original on October 23, 2013. Retrieved 2015-01-16.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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