Norah O'Donnell is a reputed journalist with over two decades of experience in the journalism field. She has been dedicating her expertise to reporting, investigating, and presenting political events as a white house correspondent and anchor. 

She has represented media houses like MSNBC and CBS News while covering presidential elections and interviewing politicians about hot-button issues. And as she is a household face of American politics, people can't help but wonder about her political affiliation. 

Her Career From NBC to CBS News

O'Donnell grew up in differing communities as her family moved timely. She grew up in San Antonio, Germany, and Seoul before finally moving back to Washington, D.C.

When she was 10, she had an informal brush with broadcasting in Seoul. She gave videotapes of lessons in English to broadcast in the Korean Educational Development Institute. 

When O'Donnell returned home, she pursued philosophy for her bachelor's degree and liberal studies for her master's at the Georgetown University. She interned at ABC News during her college days. 

After graduation, she landed her first job as a staff writer for Roll Call, where she covered political aspects of Congress. She slowly progressed and became the panelist in National Empowerment Television's show Youngbloods.

In 1999, she got her breakthrough as the Washington bureau correspondent for NBC News.

She worked as a rotating news anchor on Weekend Today before taking up the fill-in anchor job for MSNBC Live. She became the network's chief White House correspondent in 2005, passing reports to multiple shows like The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and Dateline NBC.

After 12 years of service, O'Donnell moved to CBS News in 2011. She held the job of a chief White House correspondent till 2012 and became the co-anchor of CBS This Morning in 2012. 

In July 2019, her career saw new heights as she became the anchor and managing editor of the CBS Evening News.

She also took the role of the lead anchor of political events and a correspondent for 60 minutes. The role made her the third woman ever to serve as weeknight anchor, after Connie Chung and Katie Couric.

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O'Donnell's Political Affiliation

O'Donnell is often thought to be a democrat, mainly after her fierce reporting from the white house during the trump administration. She never shied to call out Donald Trump and or the decisions of the White House. 

Her strict reporting made many believe she was inclined to the Democratic party. But O'Donnell has frankly denied having any political affiliations. 

In an interview with Time in January 2020, she shared she was not a person to fit in a category. Suggesting that she had no political affiliations, the 47-year-old iterated she judged no one and worked per her natural curiosity. 

Then she credited her parents — father Francis O’Donnell and mother Norah O'Donnell — to have instilled an unbiased attitude on her. She stated that her parents' jobs as scientists made them fact-based people. 

My parents are scientists. We’re fact-based people. I was never someone who was siloed into a certain group, ideologically or just growing up.

O'Donnell also supported her network CBS News, saying it was neutral than any other media outlet. Then she elaborated that staying neutral would help the company snag interviews with world leaders. She said they were right down the middle and reliable. 

Her Net Worth and Career Highlights

O'Donnell's decade-long practice, which she asserts is free of political affiliations, has undoubtedly contributed to her net worth. 

She has marked herself as a prominent journalist with two news Emmys in her pocket. She has covered six presidential elections and has interviewed five U.S. presidents, including Donald Trump and Barack Obama.

She has also talked with prominent figures like South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Prince Harry of Wales, Malala Yousafzai, and Dalai Lama. 

With her unrivaled presence, O'Donnell earns a salary of $6 million. She has a net worth of $18 million, as per Celebrity Net Worth. 

Her financial position is supported by her husband Geoff Tracy's business ventures in the culinary world. A chef and a restauranteur, Tracy owns five restaurants.

The pair shares a 1932 remodeled house in Wesley Heights, North Carolina, which they bought in 2005.

They also have an apartment in New York City. Accompanying the duo in their property are their three kids — two daughters and a son.