CBS has named a new moderator for its long-running Sunday morning political talk show “Face the Nation,” replacing John Dickerson. Taking over the position on a permanent basis starting this Sunday, Feb. 25, will be Margaret Brennan.
Brennan, who has been the White House and senior foreign affairs correspondent for CBS News, has been substituting as a moderator on “Face the Nation” along with Nancy Cordes and Major Garrett since Dickerson exited the program to join “CBS This Morning.”
CBS News President David Rhodes announced the appointment today. Brennan will continue to report on foreign affairs for the network, but will exit her White House position.
Brennan has been covering politics, international affairs and global markets since 2002, and joined CBS News in 2012. She has been White House and senior foreign affairs correspondent since 2017, working with Vice President and Washington Bureau Chief Christopher Isham.
“’Face the Nation’ is one of the longest-running traditions in television,” said Rhodes. “Margaret’s coverage of the White House and the world make her the ideal moderator for this legendary CBS News franchise at this moment in time.”
Added Mary Hager, executive producer of “Face the Nation”: “Margaret’s ability to ask newsmakers tough but fair questions in a deft and respectful manner, her sharp news instincts, and her tremendous ability to make complicated subjects understandable make her the perfect person to lead us into the next chapter of the broadcast.”
Brennan commented: “Both domestically and globally, news is breaking at an unrelenting pace. ‘Face the Nation’ has long been the place that viewers across the country rely on to make sense of it all by cutting through the noise to break down what matters and how it affects our daily lives. I am deeply honored and excited to carry on ‘Face the Nation’s’ tradition of helping provide this crucial context to our viewers.”