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Charles David Todd (born April 8, 1972) is an American television journalist who is the 12th and current moderator of
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's ''
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''. He also hosts ''MTP Daily'' on
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and is the Political Director for
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. Before taking the helm of ''Meet the Press'', Todd was Chief White House correspondent for NBC as well as host of ''
The Daily Rundown
The Daily Rundown
'' on MSNBC. He also serves as NBC News' on-air political analyst for ''
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'' and ''
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''.


Early life and education

Todd was born on April 8, 1972, in
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Miami
,
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Florida
, the son of Lois Cheri (née Bernstein) and Stephen Randolph Todd. He is Jewish on his mother's side, and was raised Jewish. He graduated from Miami Killian Senior High School in Kendall, an unincorporated suburban community in greater Miami. Todd attended
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George Washington University
from 1990 to 1994. He declared a major in
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and a minor in music, but did not earn a degree.


Career


Political campaigns

Before entering the world of political reporting and analysis, Todd earned practical political experience on initiative campaigns in Florida and various national campaigns based in Washington, D.C. While in college, Todd worked for the 1992 presidential campaign of Senator
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Tom Harkin
(D-Iowa) and later started working part-time at ''
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s
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.


''The Hotline''

From 1992 until March 12, 2007, Todd worked for National Journal's The Hotline, where he was
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editor-in-chief
for six years. As part of his position, Todd also co-hosted, with John Mercurio, the
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series ''Hotline TV'', consisting of a daily show lasting between three and seven minutes and a weekly show ranging between 20 and 30 minutes. He became a frequent guest on political discussion shows, such as ''
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'' and ''
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'' with
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.


NBC News

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Tim Russert
brought Todd to
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from ''The Hotline'' in March 2007. He became the
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political director at that time. In this role, Todd often provided on-air political analysis on political discussion shows, including ''
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'', ''
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'', ''
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'', ''
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'', and ''
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'' and
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ged for MSNBC.com at "First Read". He also did a weekly Question and Answer ("Q&A") session with users at
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Newsvine
. After Tim Russert's death in June 2008, Todd was a candidate to replace him as the host of NBC's ''
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'', but David Gregory was ultimately selected for the job. On December 18, 2008, NBC announced that Todd would succeed Gregory as NBC News Chief White House Correspondent, partnering with
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on the news beat. He retained his title as NBC News Political Director and was also named Contributing Editor to ''Meet the Press''. Todd was a focus of an August 2008 ''
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Los Angeles Times
'' article paralleling Todd's rise to the rise of
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networks in coverage of U.S. politics. The article noted the emergence of Todd's fans, deemed "Chuckolytes". On July 6, 2009, former
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launched a website service,
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, reporting on media figures. The site ranks all TV-based journalists in America by influence. Todd ranked, as of October 2009, right before
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Mike Wallace
as number five. Todd rose to number two as of December 21, 2011, but fell to 90 as of January 9, 2013. On January 11, 2010, Todd became co-host, with
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, of '''' on MSNBC, airing weekday mornings from 09:00 to 10:00 ET. On August 14, 2014, NBC announced that Todd would take over as the host of ''
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'' beginning September 7, 2014. While remaining as NBC News political director, Todd left his role as chief White House correspondent as well as anchor of ''''. On July 23, 2015, MSNBC announced Todd would return to the network with a daily political show called ''MTP Daily'', which was airing weekdays at 17:00 ET. The show was an extension of ''Meet the Press''. Todd continued moderating ''Meet the Press'' on
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. On January 22, 2017, Todd interviewed
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on ''Meet the Press'', the day after
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Sean Spicer
accused the media of deliberately under-reporting the crowd size at President Trump's inaugural ceremony. In a response to Todd's question about the claims, Conway said:
"Our press secretary, Sean Spicer, gave
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to that .e., Donald Trump's inaugural crowd size but the point remains that..."
Todd interrupted her by saying:
"Wait a minute. Alternative facts? ... Alternative facts are not facts. They're falsehoods."
On June 26 and 27, 2019, Todd, along with
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Jose Diaz-Balart
,
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,
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Lester Holt
, and
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, moderated the first pair of
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. Todd's performance as a moderator, in which he ended up speaking more than all but four of the presidential candidates on the first night of the debates, was widely panned. Todd was also criticized for asking candidates lengthy questions and then requesting them to respond "in one or two words". In a December 2019 interview with ''
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'', Todd discussed his belief about how
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overtook the media during the Trump administration, however, although Todd had addressed "alternative facts" being lies in January 2017, PressThink, a project of the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute at
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, took Todd to task for failing to address the issues as they unfolded. On February 11, 2020, Todd came under fire after quoting a conservative columnist on air during his show about 2020 presidential candidate
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Bernie Sanders
that compared Sanders and his supporters to
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Brownshirts:
"No other candidate has anything like this sort of digital brownshirt brigade. I mean, except for Donald Trump. The question no one is asking is this: What if you can’t win the presidency without an online mob?"
The comments were met with instant backlash with #FireChuckTodd trending on
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. Sanders, who is
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Jewish
, lost many family members during the Nazi
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Holocaust
. Neither Sanders campaign or
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commented on the incident.


Other professional ventures

Todd is an
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at
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Johns Hopkins University
. He is the author of ''The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House''. Published in 2014, the ''
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Chicago Tribune
'' described the book as "richly sourced and deeply informed," while ''
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'' called it "an even-handed, concise, and thorough account." Todd is also co-author, with Sheldon Gawiser, of ''How Barack Obama Won: A State-by-State Guide to the Historic 2008 Presidential Election'', published in 2009. Todd picks NFL football games for Tony Kornheiser on his podcast ''The Tony Kornheiser Show''. Each week, Todd is pitted against Reginald, a monkey, who also picks NFL games.


Personal life

Todd resides in
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, with his wife, Kristian Denny Todd, and their two children. She is a communications professional and co-founder of Maverick Strategies and Mail, which provides
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and consulting services for
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candidates and progressive causes. She was the spokesperson for the successful U.S. Senate campaign of Senator Jim Webb in 2006. Todd received an honorary
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degree from
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in recognition of his work in journalism. Todd is a congregant in the
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congregation of Temple Rodef Shalom in
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.


Published works

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References


External links


Chuck Todd bio on MSNBC
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