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 Recent Stories
Politics Oct 08Why Washington — not Lincoln or FDR — had the hardest job of any U.S. president
George Washington isn't the sexiest of American presidents in our public imagination, nor the most accessible. Perhaps we are all too weighed down by the "father of his country" image, the cherry tree myth, his powdered wig and bone-and-ivory (no,…
World Sep 26Ukraine prime minister doesn’t trust Putin to implement peace plan
PBS NewsHour's Margaret Warner sat down with Ukraine's prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk in New York on Thursday.
World Sep 22Syrian opposition chief: U.S. assistance will be used against Assad forces, not just Islamic State fighters
NEW YORK -- The president of the Syrian National Coalition -- whose "moderate rebel forces" President Barack Obama and Congress have committed to help -- said his fighters will use those stepped-up resources against President Bashar Assad's government forces, not…
World Jul 25At Aspen Security Forum, pondering how to confront Russian bear in Ukraine
Washington’s accusation Thursday that Russia has fired its artillery across the border at Ukrainian military positions hit this Aspen Security Forum like a thunderbolt.
Arts Jul 14For the young acolytes of maestro Lorin Maazel, the show goes on
Margaret Warner narrates “Peter and the Wolf” Sunday at the Castleton Festival. Photo courtesy of The Castleton FestivalWhen I was asked to narrate Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf at the Castleton Music Festival this year, I was surprised,…
World May 19Dispatch from ground zero for the Donetsk People’s Republic
DONETSK, Eastern Ukraine -- Just two months ago, this 11-story building in the heart of the state capital was the symbol of Ukrainian central government power in its easternmost region, Donetsk. We were there to interview the new governor, steel…
World Apr 03Camp David: Then, as today, Mideast leaders are haunted by their past
The play "Camp David" is about a real achievement. Two bitter enemies, with guidance from a committed U.S. president, forged an agreement that has stood the test of time. So why did I find it disheartening?…
World Feb 06Der Spiegel journalists on walking the fine line between informing the public and compromising NSA intelligence
PBS NewsHour Chief Foreign Affairs correspondent Margaret Warner talks with two journalists from the German magazine Der Spiegel to get their take on covering an international spy scandal that has lead a lot of Americans to rethink the fine line…
World Jan 22Peace talks open with disagreement over Assad’s future in Syria
Infighting and acrimony marked the first day of talks on the Syrian war. While State Secretary Kerry and other officials insisted that a transitional government could not include current President Bashar al-Assad, the Syrian foreign minister insisted no country but…
World Nov 24Is Geneva deal a return to the art of Baker diplomacy?
GENEVA - It was 4:40 a.m. Sunday when Iranian Foreign Minister Javid Zarif strode in to meet the world press in the fluorescent-lit Geneva conference center. He'd had little sleep over four-and-a-half days of grueling negotiations, yet he flashed reporters…