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One of the most respected figures in journalism, Andrea Mitchell has served as NBC News’ Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for over 20 years. Her work has put her face-to-face with iconic leaders, controversial newsmakers, and notorious dictators.
Mitchell’s reporting can frequently be seen on the NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt and various programs on MSNBC. She address the latest news daily on her MSNBC show Andrea Mitchell Reports, often broadcasting the show from different locations due to her frequent travel schedule. In addition to foreign policy, Mitchell’s journalistic expertise includes national security and the intelligence community. She often covers U.S. officials’ diplomatic trips, and in the past has accompanied President Obama, President Reagan, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Secretary of State John Kerry to landmark meetings with foreign dignitaries.
Mitchell has taken on numerous challenging assignments throughout her career. She is well remembered for her series of exclusive interviews with Fidel Castro following the high profile international custody battle for Elian Gonzalez in 2000. Additionally she has delivered exclusive reports from North Korea, Afghanistan, the Middle East, Bosnia, Kosovo, Pakistan, and Haiti.
Andrea Mitchell is NBC News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent and host of MSNBC’s ”Andrea Mitchell Reports,” an hour of political news and interviews with top newsmakers that airs each weekday at 12 p.m. ET on MSNBC.
In addition to politics, Mitchell covers foreign policy, intelligence and national security issues, including the diplomacy of Secretary of State John Kerry, for all NBC News and MSNBC properties.
Mitchell led NBC News’ and MSNBC’s coverage of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign from its launch in April 2015. Mitchell’s more than 20 years of reporting on the Clintons earned her the unofficial role as “dean of the Clinton press corps” as she traveled with the campaign across the country, anchoring her eponymous show and reporting for network broadcasts “TODAY” and “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” at campaign rallies, debates and both conventions. Mitchell regularly appears on “Meet the Press” as a panelist and substitute host.
In 2015, Mitchell was recognized by New York Women in Communications with the prestigious Matrix Award for her excellence in broadcast journalism.
In the 2012 presidential cycle, Mitchell covered the race for the Republican nomination on platforms across both networks and reported on key congressional races on election night. She also covered the entire 2008 presidential campaign, from the kickoff in February 2007, broadcasting live from every major primary and caucus state and all the candidate debates for NBC News and MSNBC programs, including “TODAY,” “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” “Hardball,” “Morning Joe” and “Meet the Press.” She also covered Barack Obama’s trip to Iraq, the Middle East and Europe during the presidential campaign.
As a featured political correspondent in 2004, Mitchell was the first reporter to break the story that Democratic presidential nominee Sen. John Kerry had chosen Sen. John Edwards as his vice presidential running mate.
In September 2005, Mitchell authored “Talking Back,” a memoir about her experiences as one of the first women to cover five presidents, congress and foreign policy. That year, Mitchell also received the prestigious Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from the John F. Kennedy School of Government. In 2004, the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) honored Mitchell with the Leonard Zeidenberg Award for her contribution to the protection of First Amendment freedoms.
Mitchell has closely covered the complex U.S.-Cuban relationship for decades and led network coverage of the historic thaw with the island country, beginning in 2014. Her extensive and varied reports include a series of exclusive interviews over the years with Cuban President Fidel Castro. Her unprecedented access resulted in a one-hour documentary on Cuba in December 2003. Throughout 2002 and 2003, Mitchell covered the United Nations debate leading up to the Iraq war and provided detailed reports on the questions surrounding pre-war intelligence and weapons of mass destruction. As a longtime analyst of the intelligence community, Mitchell’s past assignments for NBC News have included exclusive reports from North Korea, Afghanistan, the Middle East, Bosnia, Kosovo, Pakistan and Haiti.
During the 2000 campaign, Mitchell hosted MSNBC’s “The Mitchell Report,” NBC News’ election year broadcast of record. In addition, she was the lead NBC News correspondent covering Hillary Rodham Clinton’s race for the Senate in 2000.
Among her many past assignments, Mitchell was NBC News’ chief White House correspondent, a position she assumed after covering Bill Clinton from the New Hampshire primary through the entire 1992 presidential campaign.
From 1988 to 1992, Mitchell served as the network’s chief congressional correspondent, playing a major role in reporting on the budget, the savings and loan bailout, the Clarence Thomas hearings and other legislative issues. She also served as a regular political analyst on “TODAY” and was a panelist in the second Bush-Dukakis presidential debate.
Mitchell first covered the White House for NBC News during both of Ronald Reagan’s terms as president. She reported on a variety of noteworthy stories, including arms control, the budget, tax reform and the Iran-contra scandal, and traveled extensively with President Reagan to summits with Mikhail Gorbachev and other world leaders.
During the 1988 Republican National Convention, she beat both the competition and presidential candidate George Bush with the announcement that Bush had chosen Dan Quayle to be his running mate. She was also a panelist in the final Bush-Dukakis presidential debate.
Mitchell joined NBC News in 1978 as a general correspondent based in Washington, D.C. In 1979, she was named NBC News energy correspondent. In that capacity, she reported on the energy crisis and the Three Mile Island nuclear incident. Before joining NBC News, she was a correspondent for WDVM-TV (then WTOP), the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C. From 1967-1976, she was a broadcast journalist for KYW Radio and KYW-TV in Philadelphia.
A native of New York, Mitchell received a B.A. degree in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania where she is a past Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees and currently services as Chair of the Board of Overseers of the School of Arts and Sciences. She also serves on the board of the America’s Promise Alliance and is a member of the Gridiron Club.
Mitchell is married to former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan and resides in Washington, D.C.
Andrea Mitchell uses her insider knowledge to answer audience questions regarding events that have topped the news in recent years and continue to influence opinions and policy today. Opening up with a question on the Benghazi attacks, she acknowledges that there were indeed many mistakes on the part of the U.S. government that made the attacks possible; however, she adds that common talking points have led to public misunderstandings in connection to those errors.
According to Mitchell, public conversation often overlooks the fact that the U.S. facility at Benghazi was actually a CIA outpost working under diplomatic cover; nevertheless, in the days following the attacks the government did not wish to acknowledge this publicly, leaving the State Department to take much of the fall. “There were plenty of mistakes made, but I don’t think there was a scandal or a cover-up the way some of the more conservative outlets have been claiming,” Mitchell states.
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