Chuck Todd

Charles David Todd (born April 8, 1972) is an American television journalist who is the 12th and current moderator of NBC's Meet the Press. He also hosts MTP Daily on MSNBC and is the Political Director for NBC News. Prior to taking the helm of Meet the Press, Todd was Chief White House correspondent for NBC and host of The Daily Rundown on MSNBC. He also serves as NBC News' on-air political analyst for NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and Today.

Chuck Todd
Chuck Todd by Gage Skidmore(2015)
Todd in 2015
Charles David Todd

April 8, 1972 (age 47)
ResidenceArlington, Virginia, U.S.
Alma materGeorge Washington University (attended)
OccupationNBC News Political Director
Adjunct Professor, Johns Hopkins University
Spouse(s)Kristian Denny Todd

Early life and education

Todd was born on April 8, 1972,[1] in Miami, Florida, the son of Lois Cheri (née Bernstein) and Stephen Randolph Todd.[2] He is Jewish on his mother's side, and was raised Jewish.[3][4] He graduated from Miami Killian Senior High School in Kendall, an unincorporated suburban community in greater Miami. Todd attended George Washington University from 1990 to 1994. He declared a major in political science and a minor in music, but never graduated.[5]


Political campaigns

Before entering the world of political reporting and analysis, Todd earned practical political experience on initiative campaigns in Florida and various national campaigns based in Washington, D.C.[6] While in college, Todd worked for the 1992 presidential campaign of Senator Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and later started working part-time at National Journal's The Hotline.

The Hotline

From 1992 until March 12, 2007, Todd worked for National Journal's The Hotline, where he was editor-in-chief for six years.[7] As part of his position, Todd also co-hosted, with John Mercurio, the webcast series Hotline TV, consisting of a daily show lasting between three and seven minutes and a weekly show ranging between 20 and 30 minutes. He became a frequent guest on political discussion shows, such as Hardball with Chris Matthews and Inside Politics with Judy Woodruff.

NBC News

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Todd covering the 2008 Democratic National Convention for MSNBC

Tim Russert brought Todd to NBC from The Hotline in March 2007.[7] He became NBC News’ political director at that time. In this role, Todd often provided on-air political analysis on political discussion shows, including Morning Joe, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Meet the Press, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, and The Rachel Maddow Show[7] and blogged for at "First Read."[8] He also did a weekly Question and Answer ("Q&A") session with users at Newsvine.

After Tim Russert's death, Todd was a candidate to replace him as the host of NBC's Meet the Press,[9] but David Gregory was ultimately selected for the job. On December 18, 2008, NBC announced[10] that Todd would succeed Gregory as NBC News Chief White House Correspondent, partnering with Savannah Guthrie on the news beat. He retained his title as NBC News Political Director and was also named Contributing Editor to Meet the Press. Todd was a focus of an August 2008 Los Angeles Times article paralleling Todd's rise to the rise of cable news networks in coverage of U.S. politics.[11] The article noted the emergence of Todd's fans, deemed "Chuckolytes".

On July 6, 2009, former MSNBC television personality Dan Abrams launched a website service, Mediaite, reporting on media figures. The site ranks all TV-based journalists in America by influence. Todd ranked, as of October 2009, right before Mike Wallace as number five.[12] Todd rose to number two as of December 21, 2011, but fell to 90 as of January 9, 2013. On January 11, 2010, Todd became co-host, with Savannah Guthrie, of The Daily Rundown on MSNBC, airing weekday mornings from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. ET.

On August 14, 2014, NBC announced that Todd would take over as the host of Meet the Press beginning September 7, 2014.[13] While remaining as NBC News political director, Todd left his role as chief White House correspondent as well as anchor of The Daily Rundown.

On July 23, 2015, MSNBC announced Todd would return to the network with a daily political show called MTP Daily, which airs weekdays at 5:00 p.m. ET. The show is an extension of Meet the Press. Todd continued moderating Meet the Press on NBC.

On January 22, 2017, Todd said, “Alternative facts are not facts, they’re falsehoods".[14]

Other professional ventures

Todd is an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University.[15] He is the author of The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House. Published in 2014, the Chicago Tribune described the book as "richly sourced and deeply informed," while Publishers Weekly called it "an even-handed, concise, and thorough account."[16] Todd is also co-author, with Sheldon Gawiser, of How Barack Obama Won: A State-by-State Guide to the Historic 2008 Presidential Election, published in 2009.[17] Todd picks NFL football games for Tony Kornheiser on his podcast The Tony Kornheiser Show.[18] Each week, Todd is pitted against Reginald, a monkey, who also picks NFL games.

Personal life

Todd resides in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife, Kristian Denny Todd, and their two children. She is a communications professional and co-founder of Maverick Strategies and Mail, which provides direct mail and consulting services for Democratic candidates and progressive causes.[19][20] She was the spokesperson for the successful U.S. Senate campaign of Senator Jim Webb in 2006.[21]

Todd received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Marymount University in recognition of his work in journalism.[22] Todd is a lifelong fan of the Green Bay Packers [23] and of the Los Angeles Dodgers. As evidenced by numerous posts on his Twitter account, he is also an avid supporter of the Miami Hurricanes football team.[24][25]

Todd is a congregant in the Reform congregation of Temple Rodef Shalom in Falls Church, Virginia.[20]

Published works

  • Todd, Chuck (2014). The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House. Little, Brown and Company. ISBN 978-0316079570.


  1. ^ "Hotline Says, "On Sunday, NBC's Political Director Officially Turns Old"". Fishbowl DC. Media Bistro. April 6, 2007. Archived from the original on October 1, 2009. Retrieved January 22, 2009.
  2. ^ "Charles David Todd (b. 08 Apr 1972)". Retrieved November 30, 2013.
  3. ^ Bloom, Nate (November 13, 2012). "Interfaith Celebrities: Nate Silver, Another Bond, and Happy End". InterfaithFamily. Retrieved August 17, 2013.
  4. ^ Malul, Chen (August 24, 2014). "Former 'Meet the Press' host David Gregory writing book on his Jewish faith - - Haaretz - Israel News". Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  5. ^ "GWU Non-degree Alumni". Archived from the original on May 17, 2016. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  6. ^ "Chuck Todd Leaves Hotline, Joins NBC News As Political Director". Fishbowl DC. Media Bistro. February 14, 2007. Archived from the original on October 1, 2009. Retrieved July 29, 2009.
  7. ^ a b c Barnhart, Aaron (June 14, 2008). "MSNBC's Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow are young, geeky and hot". Kansas City Star.
  8. ^ "First Read". Retrieved November 30, 2013.
  9. ^ Calderone, Michael (June 14, 2008). "Sundays after Russert".
  10. ^ "Chuck Todd Named NBC News Chief White House Correspondent". NBC Press Release. December 18, 2008. Retrieved January 19, 2018.
  11. ^ Gold, Matea (August 17, 2008). "For political conventions, cable networks are the go-to channels". Los Angeles Times.
  12. ^ "Chuck Todd". Mediaite. Archived from the original on September 9, 2009. Retrieved October 11, 2009.
  13. ^ Carter, Bill (August 14, 2014). "NBC Chooses Chuck Todd to Replace David Gregory on 'Meet the Press'". The New York Times.
  14. ^ "Meet The Press 01/22/17". NBC News. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  15. ^ "Chuck Todd NBC News Political Director". MSNBC. June 12, 2007.
  16. ^ Chuck Todd. The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House. ISBN 9780316079570. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  17. ^ Vintage Press ISBN 978-0-307-47366-0
  18. ^ "Chuck Todd". TK. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  19. ^ "Kristian Denny Todd large relationship map". Muckety. Retrieved August 17, 2013.
  20. ^ a b Boorstein, Michelle (October 8, 2008). "D.C. Area's Take on Yom Kippur's Downtime". Washington Post. Retrieved August 14, 2011.
  21. ^ Craig, Tim (October 5, 2006). "Democratic Organizer Quits After Calling Allen 'Macacawitz'". Washington Post.
  22. ^ "News Details". February 22, 2013. Retrieved August 17, 2013.
  23. ^ "Conversation with NBC News' Chuck Todd, devoted Packers fan". 620 WTMJ. September 13, 2013. Archived from the original on September 17, 2013.
  24. ^ "Chuck Todd on Twitter: "Maybe Miami accidentally allowed the wrong coaching staff on field today. Hope they find the right one for the 2nd half"". Twitter. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  25. ^ "College Football: NBC chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd gives his plan for how to run the Miami Hurricanes' athletic department". ESPN. Retrieved August 16, 2017.

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Alternative facts

"Alternative facts" was a phrase used by U.S. Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway during a Meet the Press interview on January 22, 2017, in which she defended White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer's false statement about the attendance numbers of Donald Trump's inauguration as President of the United States. When pressed during the interview with Chuck Todd to explain why Spicer would "utter a provable falsehood", Conway stated that Spicer was giving "alternative facts". Todd responded, "Look, alternative facts are not facts. They're falsehoods."Conway's use of the phrase "alternative facts" for demonstrable falsehoods was widely mocked on social media and sharply criticized by journalists and media organizations, including Dan Rather, Jill Abramson, and the Public Relations Society of America. The phrase was extensively described as Orwellian. Within four days of the interview, sales of the book 1984 had increased by 9,500%, which The New York Times and others attributed to Conway's use of the phrase, making it the number-one bestseller on later defended her choice of words, defining "alternative facts" as "additional facts and alternative information".

Bill Karins

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He is also a fill-in for Al Roker on Today, and for Dylan Dreyer on Weekend Today.Karins was born in Albany, New York. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Oneonta. Prior to working at NBC, he was a meteorologist at KSNT in Topeka, Kansas, and at WCTI in New Bern, North Carolina. He also worked in Bangor for WABI-TV.

Chris Jansing

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Hallie Jackson

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Jacob Soboroff

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He was previously the host of YouTube Nation and the co-host of TakePart Live on Pivot TV. He was a founding host and producer of HuffPost Live, the live streaming network of The Huffington Post.

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Kasie Hunt

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Kelly O'Donnell

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She appears on NBC Nightly News, Today, Meet The Press, and MSNBC.

Kristen Welker

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She also fills in for Lester Holt on NBC Nightly News.

Meet the Press

Meet the Press is a weekly American television news/interview program broadcast on NBC. It is the longest-running program in television history, though the current format bears little resemblance to the debut episode on November 6, 1947. Meet the Press specializes in interviews with leaders in Washington, D.C., across the country and even the world on issues of politics, economics, foreign policy and other public affairs, along with panel discussions that provide opinions and analysis. It originates from NBC's bureau in Washington, D.C. (WRC-TV).

The longevity of Meet the Press is attributable in part to the fact that the program debuted during what was only the second official "network television season" for American television. It was the first live television network news program on which a sitting U.S. President appeared; this occurred on the November 9, 1975 broadcast, which featured Gerald Ford.

The program has been hosted by 12 different moderators to date, beginning with creator Martha Rountree. The show's moderator since 2014 is Chuck Todd, who also serves as political director for NBC News.Currently, the hour-long program airs in most markets on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. live in the Eastern Time Zone and on tape delay elsewhere. Meet the Press is also occasionally pre-empted due to network coverage of sports events held outside the U.S. The program is also rebroadcast on Sundays at 2:00 p.m., and Mondays at 2:00 a.m. and sometimes 4:00 a.m. Eastern Time on MSNBC, whose audio feed is also simulcast on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio. The program is also syndicated by Westwood One to various radio stations around the United States, as well as on C-SPAN Radio as part of its replays of the Sunday morning talk shows.

NBC News

NBC News is the news division of the American broadcast television network NBC. The division operates under NBCUniversal Broadcast, Cable, Sports and News, a subsidiary of NBCUniversal, in turn a subsidiary of Comcast. The group's various operations report to the president of NBC News, Noah Oppenheim.NBC News aired the first, regularly scheduled news program in American broadcast television history on February 21, 1940. The group's broadcasts are produced and aired from 30 Rockefeller Center, NBC's headquarters in New York City.

The division presides over America's number-one-rated newscast, NBC Nightly News, and the longest-running television series in American history, Meet The Press, the Sunday morning program of newsmakers interviews. NBC News also offers 70 years of rare historic footage from the NBCUniversal Archives online.

NBC News operates a 24-hour cable news network known as MSNBC, which includes the organization's flagship daytime news operation, MSNBC Live. The cable network shares staff and editorial control with NBC News. In 2017, the organization entered into a partnership and purchased a 25% stake in Euronews, a European 24-hour news network.

The Dylan Ratigan Show

The Dylan Ratigan Show is an American television program on MSNBC hosted by Dylan Ratigan, formerly of sister CNBC's Fast Money. It aired weekdays from 4pm to 5pm Eastern Time. The show was previously known as Morning Meeting with Dylan Ratigan and aired from 9am to 11am weekday mornings. It initially launched on June 29, 2009 as part of sweeping changes to MSNBC's daytime weekday programs along with a revamp of the channel's graphics and its launch in high definition.In December 2009, the show was cut by one hour and later relaunched on January 11, 2010 with a new graphics package and set design. The change was made in order to make room for The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd and Savannah Guthrie at 9am, as part of MSNBC's commitment to straight news programming during the day. The show focused on debate and discussion relating to politics and the economy. He also focused on financial/business issues.

Ratigan often offered commentary on the subject matter and rebuttal to many of the guests who appear on the show.

On December 6, 2010, The Dylan Ratigan Show announced a partnership with Nucor Steel "to create an innovative road show titled "Steel on Wheels," aiming to bring forth solutions to the most pressing problems facing the American people. The "Steel on Wheels" tour focused on four major themes: The Spirit Of America, Innovation, The Building Of Our Nation, and The Future Of America’s New Generations."Matt Miller was the primary fill-in host for Ratigan on the program.

The final episode aired June 22, 2012. Martin Bashir moved his program into the 4 p.m. hour on June 25.

The Hotline

The Hotline is a daily political briefing published, alongside National Journal, by Atlantic Media from its headquarters at The Watergate complex in Washington, D.C.. It is currently edited by Kyle Trygstad. The Hotline was founded by Doug Bailey and Roger Craver in 1987, and published independently until its acquisition in 1996 by National Journal Group, now a subsidiary of Atlantic Media.

The Hotline's primary audience includes Congressional staffers, political operatives and pundits. It is a comprehensive, non-partisan digest of that day's political events relating to upcoming statewide and national elections. The Hotline is published daily, condensing newspaper, magazine and digital political coverage from the previous 24 hours.

The Hotline comes out with a daily compendium of the morning's political headlines with "Wake-Up Call" and puts together a comprehensive digest of election and campaign news across the country with "Latest Edition." The Hotline reporters contribute to National Journal's overall political coverage.

"I've always thought of Hotline fondly," reflected former President Bill Clinton in a 25th-anniversary video. "The day before the first cattle-call of the 1992 campaign, you all called me 'a Little Rock in a big pile.' So you can see why I'm both surprised and delighted that you've lasted 25 years. I'm a little surprised I've lasted 25 years. And I sincerely hope that you and I last another 25 more."

Notable alumni include: Josh Kraushaar, Reid Wilson, Amy Walter, Chuck Todd, Stephen F. Hayes, Jonathan Martin, Mike Memoli, Shira T. Center, Marc Ambinder, Craig Crawford, Norah O'Donnell, Ken Rudin, John Mercurio and Adam Wollner.

The Rundown with José Diaz-Balart

The Rundown with José Diaz-Balart is an American political news talk show that aired on MSNBC. The show premiered on January 11, 2010, and hosted by Jose Diaz-Balart. The program aired in the 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. timeslot on weekdays.

The show premiered as the hour-long The Daily Rundown on January 11, 2010, running in the 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. timeslot on weekdays, and featured news, interviews, and analysis relating to politics from the MSNBC Washington D.C. Bureau. The show is billed as showcasing the depth and experience of the NBC News Washington bureau. The show primarily focuses on the top political stories of the day.From launch until June 2011, original host Chuck Todd was joined by then White House correspondent Savannah Guthrie. Guthrie left on June 3, 2011 in preparation for her new role as a co-host of NBC's Today. Since her departure, Todd anchored the broadcast alone. Eventually, the show become known as The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd.

As part of NBC's plan to move Todd to anchor Meet the Press beginning September 7, 2014, Todd handed over his role as anchor for The Daily Rundown. He was replaced by José Diaz-Balart as part of a new, expanded version of the program. The show in its new two-hour format, having absorbed Diaz-Balart's eponymous hour-long show (broadcast after The Daily Rundown in the 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. timeslot on weekdays), debuted on November 17, 2014 as The Rundown with José Diaz-Balart.As part of a wider restructuring of MSNBC's dayside programming, Diaz-Balart's programming was moved under the more generic MSNBC Live branding on October 5, 2015.

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