Charles David Todd, an American television journalist who was the 12th host of NBC’s Meet the Press, was born on April 8, 1972.
He is the Political Director for NBC News and hosted the daily episode of Meet the Press Now on NBC News Now.
Todd served as the chief White House correspondent for NBC and the host of The Daily Rundown on MSNBC prior to taking over Meet the Press.
Additionally, he contributes as an on-air political analyst for NBC News on Today and NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt.
The child of Stephen Randolph Todd and Lois Cheri. He was raised Jewish and is Jewish on his mother’s side.
He finished high school at Miami Killian Senior High School in Kendall, a neighborhood outside of the city of Miami.
Todd went to George Washington University. He claimed to be a political science major with a minor in music, although he never got a diploma.
Todd gained real political experience on initiative campaigns in Florida and numerous national campaigns in Washington, D.C., before entering the political reporting and analysis field.
After assisting with Senator Tom Harkin’s 1992 presidential campaign, Todd started working part-time at National Journal’s The Hotline while still in college.
Other professional ventures
Todd teaches in a supplemental capacity at Johns Hopkins University. When his book ‘The Stanger’ about Barack Obama was released in 2014, the Chicago Tribune rated it “richly sourced and deeply informed,” Publishers Weekly called it “an even-handed, concise, and thorough account.”
Along with Sheldon Gawiser, Todd co-authors the 2009 book How Barack Obama Won: A State-by-State Guide to the Historic 2008 Presidential Election.
Todd selects NFL football games for Tony Kornheiser on his podcast, The Tony Kornheiser Show. Todd competes against Reginald, a chimpanzee that predicts NFL games, every week.
What happened to Chuck Todd from Meet the Press?
After nine years in the position, Chuck Todd announced his resignation as anchor of NBC’s famous Sunday morning program, Meet the Press. Gavin Newsom, a Democratic governor of California, and Bill Cassidy, a Republican senator from Louisiana, were his final two guests.
Todd said he chose them both because, unlike many other politicians today, “they accept the premise of a healthy democracy: elected officials take a stand and then come on shows where they are questioned about their rationales and defend it.
Following that, Todd presided over a panel discussion, in which the gathering reporters and commentators enthusiastically congratulated him for moderating and expressed pleasure in his legacy.
Finally, Todd passed over control to his successor, Kristen Welker, who praised Todd and his reporting skills. Todd left after saying that and signing off with his trademark.
Todd, his wife Kristian Denny Todd, and their two kids reside in Arlington, Virginia. A communications specialist, Kristian Todd co-founded Maverick Strategies and Mail.
This company offers direct mail and consulting services to Democratic candidates and liberal organizations.
In 2006, she served as the campaign’s spokesman for Jim Webb’s successful U.S. Senate bid. His wife is a Christian, but they are bringing up their two kids as Jews.