Norah O’Donnell was named chief Washington correspondent for NBC News' 24-hour cable channel MSNBC in May 2005. In addition, O'Donnell serves as a contributing correspondent for NBC's top-rated “Today.”
O'Donnell served as White House correspondent for NBC News from September 2003 to May 2005, reporting for NBC News broadcasts, including the top-rated “Nightly News,” “Today,” and MSNBC. Prior to being named White House correspondent, O’Donnell had been NBC News’ congressional correspondent.
O’Donnell has covered a number of major breaking news stories for both NBC and MSNBC, including the September 11th terrorist attacks. She received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Breaking News Coverage for a “Dateline NBC” story titled, “DC in Crisis,” on the night of September 11, 2001. O’Donnell then covered the Pentagon following the terrorist attacks. She traveled extensively with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and reported on the war in Afghanistan and the war on terrorism.
O’Donnell has been a correspondent with NBC News since 1999, reporting for all the news division’s broadcasts. For Decision 2000 political coverage, she reported on the Republican primaries, the Republican and Democratic conventions, and the Florida recount battle. O’Donnell was also one of the anchors on MSNBC for election night, reporting on the congressional contests.
Prior to joining NBC News, O’Donnell was a staff writer for Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper, where she covered Congress. She also traveled across the country to cover numerous House and Senate contests. From 1997-99, O’Donnell was also a contributor and news analyst for MSNBC.
Washingtonian Magazine has named O’Donnell as one of Washington’s 100 most powerful women. O’Donnell has also been named to Irish American Magazine’s 2000 “Top 100 Irish Americans” list.
A native of San Antonio, Texas, O’Donnell is a graduate of Georgetown University and received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy. She also holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Georgetown. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, a restaurateur, and children.