Margaret Brennan

Margaret Brennan
CBS News

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. Brennan was one of the first reporters to interview Hillary Clinton about the fatal attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya. She also traveled with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in Afghanistan and interviewed him about the U.S. decision to withdraw forces from America's longest war.

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 in Iran since the founding of the Islamic Republic.

Before joining CBS news, Brennan spent a decade covering the global financial markets. She anchored Bloomberg Television's "InBusiness with Margaret Brennan," a weekday program broadcast live from the NYSE that covered the top political, economic and financial news impacting the marketplace. Brennan interviewed multiple heads of state, CEOs and newsmakers during that time.

She also reported on breaking news stories including the European debt crisis, the largest insider trading case in United States history, and the BP oil spill. She anchored live from Tahrir Square in Egypt as Hosni Mubarak stepped down after 30 years in power.

Previously, Brennan was a correspondent at CNBC. From 2002-2009, she reported on corporate malfeasance, the expansion of the global markets, and the 2008 financial crisis. With a focus on the consumer and retail spending during the recession, 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, a Whitehead Fellow with the Foreign Policy Association, a member of the Economic Club of New York, and serves on the Advisory Board of the Smurfit School of Business at the University College Dublin. She graduated with highest distinction from the University of Virginia, where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Foreign Affairs and Middle East studies and a minor in Arabic language. As a Fulbright-Hays Scholar, she studied Arabic at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan.

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