Ms. Warner is one of five senior correspondents who join Jim Lehrer on PBS's nightly news program - the PBS NewsHour - reporting on, and interviewing, the men and women who are shaping today's world.
She is also the lead correspondent for the PBS NewsHour’s Overseas Reporting Unit, which has taken her over the past two years to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Russia, France, Britain, Germany, China, Kenya and Iran.
Her coverage of the turmoil in Pakistan won her a coveted Emmy Award in 2008. That same year, she also earned the Edward Weintal Prize for International Reporting by Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, for her overseas reporting.
Ms. Warner joined what was then The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour in 1993 after a career in print journalism. She spent a decade at Newsweek as political and campaign correspondent, White House reporter and chief diplomatic correspondent.
She was a panelist in one of the two fall election debates of the 1988 presidential campaign. She previously reported for The Wall Street Journal, The San Diego Union, and The Concord [N.H.] Monitor.
Her diplomatic coverage for Newsweek during the Gulf War made her runner-up for the National Press Club’s 1990 Edwin M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Reporting. She also shared, with a Newsweek team, the prestigious George Polk Award for coverage of terrorism, and won the Best Reporting Award from the Overseas Press Club.
A graduate of Yale University, Ms. Warner lives in Washington, D.C. She serves as a member of the Yale Corporation and is a trustee of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges.
Margaret's Most Recent Stories
September 25, 2015
Does the Iran nuclear deal herald the dawn of a new era in U.S.-Iranian relations? PBS NewsHour Chief Foreign Correspondent Margaret Warner met with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani who said there is still a long road to travel. Continue reading →
May 22, 2015
The fourth round of negotiations between the U.S. and Cuba ended today still with no agreement on what it will take to reopen embassies in their respective countries. The talks were conducted in a “respectful and professional climate,” said the chief Cuban negotiator Josefina Vidal, “and we’ve continued to make progress.” But that was about as forthcoming as she got. Continue reading →
May 7, 2015
British Middle East scholar Emma Sky was an early opponent of the Iraq invasion but nonetheless volunteered to work for the U.S. and British-led Coalition Provisional Authority to stand up a post-Saddam government. She took clothes for 3 months — and stayed the better part of 10 years — despite a growing sense of foreboding that the situation was going from bad to worse. Sky lays this all out in her new book: “The Unravelling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq.” Continue reading →
December 23, 2014
The crucial link for an effective war-dog-and-handler team in battle zones is the psychological bond between the two. They depend on each other for their lives. And if their assignment is detecting deadly IEDs — as it was for many of the 2,500 canines in America’s wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wars — so do every soldier or marine in the unit they lead on foot patrol. Continue reading →
December 5, 2014
Peter Pomerantsev, a Russian-born British author who had been hired to go to Moscow to help create and produce Western-style reality TV shows in the 2000s, shares his observations about why knock-offs of some Western Reality TV hits flopped and why others were successful. Continue reading →