Margaret Brennan

Last Updated May 7, 2015 3:25 PM EDT

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Margaret Brennan
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Since joining CBS News in July 2012, Brennan's foreign policy reporting has taken her around the world.

Primarily assigned to the State Department, Brennan has traveled with Secretary of State John Kerry and Hillary Clinton to cover national security and diplomatic issues. She was among the first reporters to interview Kerry about the landmark agreement with Iran to freeze its nuclear program and also covered the diplomatic breakthrough deal to have the Syrian regime transfer control of its chemical weapons. She also traveled and reported on then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.

Brennan conducted the first American television interview with South Korean President Park Geun-hye. She was also one of the few U.S. correspondents reporting from Tehran during the 2012 Non-Aligned Movement, which marked the largest international gathering since the founding of the Islamic Republic. A Connecticut native, Brennan was part of the CBS News team that received an Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Award for coverage of the Newtown tragedy.

Prior to joining CBS News, Brennan spent a decade covering the global financial markets. She anchored a weekday Bloomberg Television show called "InBusiness with Margaret Brennan" and reported on breaking news stories including the European debt crisis and anchored live from Tahrir Square in Egypt as Hosni Mubarak stepped down after 30 years in power.

Previously, Brennan was a correspondent at CNBC with a focus on the consumer and retail spending during the financial crisis. She also contributed to various NBC News programs. She began her financial news career as a researcher for financial news legend Louis Rukeyser.

Brennan is a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations and sits on the Advisory Board for the University of Virginia School of Politics. She graduated with highest distinction from UVa, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Foreign Affairs and Middle East studies with a minor in Arabic language. As a Fulbright-Hays Scholar, she studied Arabic at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan.

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