Norah O’Donnell: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Norah O’Donnell of CBS scored the first interview with embattled NFL commissioner Roger Goodell since the league suspended Ray Rice indefinitely on Monday.

O’Donnell, a former White House correspondent who now hosts CBS This Morning, sat down with Goodell on Tuesday for an interview that aired in part on Tuesday night’s CBS Evening News and is scheduled to air in full this morning on CBS This Morning.

Here’s what you need to know about her:


1. She Left NBC for CBS in 2011

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O’Donnell rose to fame in the TV industry during more than a decade at NBC, where she worked as a Washington correspondent, host and reporter and was the network’s White House corespondent during the 2004 presidential campaign.

From her CBS bio:

Prior to joining CBS News, O’Donnell worked for more than a decade at NBC News, where she covered the Pentagon, Congress, and the White House. Her assignments took her around the globe: she reported from every continent except Antarctica with the either the President of the United States or the Secretary of Defense.

O’Donnell left NBC for CBS in 2011 and served as CBS’ White House correspondent for a year before being named a co-host of CBS This Morning in 2012.


2. She’s Married to Restauranteur Geoff Tracy

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O’Donnell is married to Washington D.C. restauranteur Geoff Tracy, who runs a restaurant called Chef Geoff’s. Tracy, like O’Donnell, is a Georgetown University graduate. The two were married in 2001.

From Tracy’s bio on Chef Geoff’s website:

Geoff graduated from Georgetown University in 1995 with a degree in theology. He then went on to graduate first in his class at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. Geoff opened Chef Geoff’s in 2000 and Chef Geoff’s Downtown in 2002. Both were opened before he reached the age of 30. In 2006 Geoff opened his third restaurant, LIA’S in Chevy Chase, MD. In late 2008 Geoff opened Hank’s Tavern & Eats in Hyattsville, MD. He operates the 200 seat restaurant in partnership with his brother Chris Tracy. Geoff’s fifth restaurant, Chef Geoff’s Tysons Corner opened in 2009 in Vienna, VA. The sixth restaurant, Chef Geoff’s Rockville, opened in 2012.

3. She’s a Mother of 3

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O’Donnell gave birth to twins named Grace and Henry in May 2007. Just 13 months later, she gave birth to a second daughter named Riley.


4. She’s From a Military Family & Moved Around a Lot as a Kid

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From her CBS bio:

Born into a military family, O’Donnell grew up in San Antonio, Texas; Landstuhl, Germany; Seoul, South Korea; and Washington, D.C. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy as well as a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies.


5. She Reported From the Pentagon on 9/11

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O’Donnell was awarded the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award in 2001 for her reporting for Dateline NBC from the Pentagon on the night of September 11, 2001, when she reported a piece called “DC in Crisis.”

In the moths following the attack, she traveled with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfield on his first trip to Afghanistan following the attacks.


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