Geoff Bennett to Join PBS NewsHour as Chief Washington Correspondent and WETA to Assume Production of PBS NewsHour Weekend in April with Bennett as Anchor


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Arlington, VA (November 18, 2021) – Sharon Percy Rockefeller, President and C.E.O. of WETA and President of NewsHour Productions, L.L.C., today announced that Geoff Bennett will join PBS NewsHour as Chief Washington Correspondent on January 3, 2022, and will anchor the PBS NewsHour Weekend beginning in April when production of the program moves to WETA from WNET/New York.

Rockefeller noted, “We are consolidating production of PBS’s nightly news flagship program under WETA and continue to bring new talent to the stellar PBS NewsHour team, building on the strong work of anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff, executive producer Sara Just and entire NewsHour team. I have long admired Geoff’s work; and he well understands the unique place of public media journalism. We are glad to welcome him and look forward to his new roles with PBS NewsHour.”

“I’m so pleased to see Geoff join the NewsHour family of journalists, after his impressive career covering politics, Washington and New York. He will add yet another layer of seasoning to this team I’m so proud to work with every day,” said Woodruff.

Just added, “I am delighted to welcome Geoff to the NewsHour team. As an accomplished journalist and keen observer of politics, Geoff’s insight and experience will be pivotal to the success of our new weekend programming and strengthen our team overall, as we further our efforts to provide nuanced reporting and thorough understanding, whenever and wherever the audience seeks it, on any platform.”

Bennett added, “I am excited to join PBS NewsHour, a towering news organization with a rich history and a deep sense of its purpose and mission. As the future anchor of its Weekend broadcast, I am looking forward to collaborating with some of the profession’s best, most experienced journalists and contribute to the solid storytelling and reliable reporting that have made NewsHour one of television’s most trusted news programs.”

Bennett will join a strong roster of PBS NewsHour correspondents:

Yamiche Alcindor, White House Correspondent
William Brangham, Correspondent
Jeffrey Brown, Chief Correspondent for Arts, Culture, and Society
Lisa Desjardins, Capitol Hill Correspondent
Nicole Ellis, Digital Anchor and Correspondent
Amna Nawaz, Chief Correspondent and Primary Substitute Anchor
Miles O’Brien, Science Correspondent
Nick Schifrin, Foreign Affairs and Defense Correspondent
Paul Solman, Business and Economics Correspondent
Stephanie Sy, Correspondent and PBS NewsHour West Anchor
John Yang, National Correspondent

Prior to NewsHour, Bennett was the White House correspondent for NBC News and substitute anchor for MSNBC. He will remain as a contributor for NBC News and MSNBC. He has reported from the White House under three presidents and has covered five presidential elections. At NBC, he 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 and defining coverage of the first Trump impeachment inquiry and the Trump administration’s migrant family separation policy.

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.

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, hosted by Scott Simon. He began his journalism career at ABC News’ World News Tonight in New York City after graduating from Morehouse College.

About PBS NewsHourPBS NewsHour is a production of NewsHour Productions LLC, a wholly-owned non-profit subsidiary of WETA Washington, DC. Major corporate funding is provided by BDO, BNSF, Consumer Cellular, Fidelity, Johnson & Johnson, and Raymond James, with additional support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Ford Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Kendeda Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the National Science Foundation, The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Skoll Foundation, the Walton Family Foundation, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Friends of the NewsHour and others. More information on PBS NewsHour is available at On social media, visit PBS NewsHour on Facebook or follow @NewsHour on Twitter.

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