Margaret Brennan relaxes on a couch wearing jeans and a sage top.
Photography by Séan Alonzo Harris

As Margaret Brennan marks her fourth anniversary as Face the Nation’s consummate moderator, she reflects on navigating formidable news stories and the family life that keeps her light on her feet.

By Lisa Kennedy

When the moderator of Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan faces journalism hopefuls, she often advises them “to learn as much as they can, to cover as much as they can, to get as much experience as they can.” It’s talk the Emmy-winning journalist has walked.

A much-abridged itinerary of Brennan’s stops along the way to becoming moderator of the nation’s longest-running, and currently most-watched, Sunday news program includes majoring in foreign affairs and Middle Eastern studies at the University of Virginia; studying abroad in Jordan (her minor was Arabic); being a producer on Wall $treet Week with Louis Rukeyser; and anchoring her own Bloomberg television show. When she joined CBS News in 2012, leaving New York City for Washington, D.C., she held roles covering the State Department and the Obama and Trump administrations. Brennan’s familiarity with the intersections of markets and economic policy and domestic and foreign governing bodies has served Face the Nation well.

Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan airs Sundays at 10:30 a.m. ET on CBS and 12 p.m. ET on CBSN and streams on Paramount+.

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