CBS Taps Margaret Brennan to Host ‘Face the Nation’

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CBS News announced Thursday that Margaret Brennan will be the new moderator of "Face the Nation," the network's long-running Sunday morning show.

Brennan, who joined CBS in 2012 after stints at CNBC and Bloomberg TV, will officially take the helm of the show this Sunday. She will be replacing John Dickerson, who succeeded Charlie Rose as co-host of "CBS This Morning" after the latter was fired for allegations of sexual harassment in November.

"‘Face the Nation' is one of the longest-running traditions in television," said David Rhodes, president of CBS News. "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."

CBS News also noted that Brennan will continue her role as the network's senior foreign affairs correspondent.

Brennan will become the 10th journalist to lead the CBS morning show, which has been on the air in one iteration or another since 1954 and has been hosted by the likes of Bob Schieffer, Lesley Stahl, George Herman, and Howard K. Smith.

"Both domestically and globally, news is breaking at an unrelenting pace," Brennan said. "‘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."

Since joining the network, Brennan has covered both domestic and international politics.

"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," said Mary Hager, executive producer of "Face the Nation." "The entire ‘Face the Nation' team is thrilled she's taking over the anchor spot."

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