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Geoff Bennett is the chief Washington correspondent for PBS NewsHour and anchor of PBS News Weekend.
Bennett joined NewsHour from NBC News, where he was a White House correspondent and substitute anchor for MSNBC.
He has reported from the White House under three presidents and has covered five presidential elections.
At NBC, Bennett covered the Trump and Biden administrations and earned recognition for his in-depth and exclusive reporting on the delivery delays at the U.S. Postal Service.
An award-winning political correspondent, Bennett provided extensive coverage of the first Trump impeachment inquiry and broke several stories regarding the Trump administration’s migrant family separation policy. His coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic included exclusive interviews with veteran CDC staffers about Trump-era political interference into the agency’s coronavirus response.
Bennett’s headline-making reporting also includes a number of newsmaker conversations, including the first television interview with Sec. John Kerry upon being named President Biden’s special envoy for climate, as well as an exclusive interview with Virginia Governor Ralph Northam after he signed legislation making Virginia the first state in the South to abolish the death penalty.
Before joining NBC News in November 2017, Bennett covered the Trump White House and Congress for NPR.
Prior to that role, he reported on the Obama administration and national politics for NY1 News in New York City and more than a dozen other Time Warner-owned cable news stations across the country. While at NY1, Bennett was first to report the permanent congressional reauthorization of health monitoring and treatment for 9/11 first responders.
During that time, he also guest hosted C-SPAN's Washington Journal — a live, three-hour news and public affairs program.
Previously, Bennett was an editor with NPR's Weekend Edition. He began his journalism career at ABC News’ World News Tonight in New York City after graduating from Morehouse College.
He and his wife live in the Washington, D.C. area with their son.
NPR’s Tamara Keith and Amy Walter of the Cook Political Report with Amy Walter join Geoff Bennett to discuss the latest political news, including how President Biden is confronting Russian aggression in Ukraine and how that may impact the political…
Black History Month has been celebrated in some form for nearly a century. But this year it comes as students are getting caught up in political scrutiny and alongside a coordinated effort to limit the teaching of race and racism.
As President Biden examines the records of potential Supreme Court nominees, we continue our series of profiles of the women on his short list. California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger has never faced questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee, unlike…
President Biden plans to personally interview potential nominees to the Supreme Court this week, and likely among them will be federal judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. Jackson isn't new to the Supreme Court short list, she was considered a long-shot pick…
There were more headlines Thursday about Donald Trump and his potential mishandling of White House records, including questions about whether the former president broke federal law. Chuck Rosenberg, a former U.S. attorney and senior FBI official, joins Geoff Bennett to…
A new ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court has major implications for voting rights in this country. The court on Monday reinstated Alabama’s congressional map, one that a lower court had found racially discriminates against Black voters. Janai Nelson, associate…
A court case in New York began Thursday that will pit a Republican political star against a media giant and could put the First Amendment on trial. Sarah Palin versus The New York Times is a case more than four…
More than two years into this pandemic, the United States death toll is the highest in the world. The country is closing in on 900,000 deaths, and its death rate is alarming -- particularly given that the U.S. was the…
The New York Times is reporting that six weeks after the 2020 election former President Trump directed his attorney Rudy Guiliani to ask the Department of Homeland Security if it could take possession of voting machines in key swing states.
Later in this midterm election year, voters in 19 states will head to the polls with new, more restrictive voting laws on the books. One of those states is Texas, where the party primaries are just a few weeks away.
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