CBS News announced on Thursday morning that senior foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Brennan will be the next anchor of Sunday morning politics show Face the Nation.
Brennan will anchor her first show in the role on Sunday, Feb. 25. She’s only the second woman to hold the role in the more than 60 years that Face the Nation has been on the air. Lesley Stahl hosted the show from 1983 to 1991.
She’s one of three CBS News journalists to have taken a turn hosting Face the Nation since John Dickerson signed off as the show’s full-time moderation on Jan. 21.
Brennan hosted the show on Feb. 4, while chief congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes took two turns hosting the show and chief White House correspondent Major Garrett hosted once. Brennan, Cordes and Garrett were considered the top three candidates for the job.
“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,” Face the Nation executive producer Mary Hager said in a prepared statement. “The entire Face the Nation team is thrilled she’s taking over the anchor spot.”
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