ALLIANCE, Ohio – Chuck Todd, NBC News political director and host of “Meet the Press” and “MTP Daily,” was the University of Mount Union’s Schooler Lecture speaker on Thursday, March 10, 2016.
A self-described political junkie, Todd has earned a reputation as one of the most passionate journalists and sharpest analysts in American media. He is NBC News’ political director, the moderator and managing editor of “Meet the Press” – the flagship Sunday morning public affairs program and the longest-running broadcast in television history – and the host of “MTP Daily.” Influencers and competitors praise him as “a tireless reporter” with “an encyclopedic knowledge of politics” and the ability to “break down barriers and get people off of their talking points.”
Todd has become a fixture in the White House press room, a steady and constant presence on television and a tireless voice on the campaign trail. His up-to-the-minute poll analysis and insightful commentary have made him one of the most sought-after voices in American political coverage.
Prior to “Meet the Press,” Todd served as NBC News chief White House correspondent from 2008–2014, as well as the host of MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” from 2010–2014. He has held the role of political director since 2007, leading all aspects of the news division’s political coverage and analysis. He is also the editor of “First Read,” NBC’s guide to political news and trends in and around Washington, DC.
During the 2008 presidential election, Todd became a frequent contributor to several television news outlets, and during the 2004 elections, he had the rare privilege of moderating one of the few presidential candidate forums in Iowa. He also teaches a graduate-level political communications course at Johns Hopkins University. In 2012, GQ named Todd “The Most Powerful Journalist in Washington.” That same year, he also won the Jeopardy! Power Players match. In 2005, Washingtonian featured him in its “Best of” issue in the journalism section, and in 2009, the magazine named him one of the top 50 journalists covering Washington.
Before joining NBC News, Todd was the editor-in-chief of National Journal’s The Hotline, Washington’s daily briefing
on American politics. In his 15 years working at theHotline or one of its affiliates, Todd became one of Washington’s foremost experts on political campaigns of all levels. He helped to grow the publication from a single daily political exposition into an elite paper at the epicenter of politics.