About Chuck Todd
Chuck Todd, NBC News political director and moderator of “Meet the Press,” spearheads the network’s premier political coverage, offering his sharp analysis and translation of Beltway politics across all platforms – zeroing in on what really matters in Washington and why.
Todd is known for holding politicians and newsmakers accountable: from pressing White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway on “alternative facts” to asking House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi if accused Congressman John Conyers should be “in or out,” his interviews and deep-sourced reporting consistently drive headlines.
He is the moderator of the #1 most-watched Sunday public affairs program for the 2016-2017 season.
In just his first year as “Meet the Press” moderator, Todd led the network broadcast’s climb to #1 from #3 in the demo most coveted by news advertisers. The success of his reign on Sundays inspired his 5 p.m. weekday show on MSNBC, “MTP Daily”. Both his cable show and his podcast (“1947: The Meet the Press Podcast”) showcase Todd’s provocative interviewing style, expanding “Meet the Press,” the longest-running show in television history, into the modern age. In Nov. 2017, the brand commemorated its 70th anniversary, launching its first-ever film festival, The Meet the Press Film Festival in Collaboration with the American Film Institute (AFI).
With Todd’s news-making interviews and distinct reporting throughout the 2016 election cycle, more viewers turned to NBC News and MSNBC for politics coverage than any other television network. Todd was a primary anchor for the network’s primetime 2016 presidential election coverage, including NBC’s special reporting on the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention as well as the threepresidential debates. In the spring of 2016, he co-moderated a Democratic primary debate
with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, getting praise from fellow journalists for his toughquestions, with one noting it as “a model for all debates.”
Todd has earned the reputation as a passionate political journalist, paving the way for “Meet the Press” to win across the board for the 2016-2017 broadcast season – the Sunday show’s first across the board season win since 2012. The network broadcast has featured deep-dive
interviews with top political power players, including Sec. Hillary Clinton, Vice President Joe Biden, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Sec. Colin Powell and President Trump, (whom Chuck interviewed a notable total of 18 times during his campaign.) Prior to taking the helm of “Meet the Press” in September 2014, Todd served as NBC News Chief White House correspondent (2008 – 2014), traveling around the world with President Obama and reporting on the main pillars of his presidency, including the passage of the Affordable Care Act. From 2010 to 2014, Chuck also hosted MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown,” featuring daily interviews with top congressional members. He was named “The Most Powerful Journalist in Washington” in January 2012 by GQ, part of the magazine’s “50 Most Powerful People in Washington” list.
In 2009, Todd co-authored with Sheldon Gawiser the definitive election result analysis book for the 2008 presidential campaign, titled How Barack Obama Won, published by Vintage. His second book, The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House was released in November 2014 by Little, Brown and Company.
In 2007, Tim Russert, then-Washington bureau chief and “Meet the Press” moderator, recruited Chuck to join NBC News as the network’s political director – a title Chuck still holds proudly today. Prior to joining NBC News, Todd worked at the National Journal’s “The Hotline” for 15 years, serving for six of those years as the editor-in-chief.
Todd is a native of Miami and currently resides in Arlington, Va. with his wife, Kristian, and two children.