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Kelly O'Donnell Biography
Kelly O'Donnell is a political reporter for NBC News.
O'Donnell covers politics for NBC News. She appears on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, Today, and MSNBC. O'Donnell is a regular panelist on The Chris Matthews Show and has been a guest on Meet The Press. She has served as news anchor and substitute host on the Weekend Today program and the weekend edition of Nightly News. She has contributed reports to the prime time news magazine Dateline NBC. From May 2005 to December 2007 she served as as White House Correspondent for NBC News. In December 2007 she was named Capitol Hill Correspondent.
O'Donnell has covered the Bush Administration, Congress and several presidential campaigns. During the Iraq war, she was embedded with the 3rd Infantry Division, stationed in Baghdad and Qatar. In addition, O'Donnell has reported a wide variety of events including the September 11th attacks, the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the O. J. Simpson trial. O'Donnell reported on the travels and death of Pope John Paul II. She also covered both summer and winter Olympic Games.
O'Donnell has been based in Washington, New York and Los Angeles for NBC. She is not related to fellow NBC news correspondent, Norah O'Donnell.
O'Donnell graduated from Northwestern University in 1987 from the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP). She served as a reporter and anchor at WJW TV in Cleveland, Ohio, in the 1990s.
O'Donnell was inducted into the Ohio Radio/Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2004. She has been nominated for national Emmy Awards and received a regional Emmy for her report of an Ohio prison riot.