MURRAY, Ky. — Chuck Todd, NBC News’ political director and the moderator and managing editor of Meet the Press, will be the speaker for Murray State University’s 2015 Presidential Lecture Series. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at 8 p.m. in Lovett Auditorium on campus.
Admission to the lecture is free. MSU students, faculty and staff, and the general public are encouraged to attend. The auditorium is located at the corner of 15th Street and Olive Boulevard.
Meet the Press is NBC’s flagship Sunday morning public affairs program and the longest running broadcast in television history. Journalist Chuck Todd is the face of the well-respected show and a self-described political junkie. Todd has earned a reputation as one of the most passionate journalists and sharpest analysts in American media. When he was appointed to Meet the Press, influencers and competitors praised him as “a tireless reporter” with “an encyclopedic knowledge of politics” and the ability to “break down barriers and get people off of their talking points.” With what The Washingtonian calls a “savant-like knowledge of politics,” Todd has become a fixture in the White House press room, a steady and constant presence on television, and a tireless voice on the campaign trail. His up-to-the-minute poll analysis and insightful commentary have made him one of the most sought-after voices in American political coverage.
Prior to Meet the Press, Todd served as NBC News chief White House correspondent (2008–14) and host of MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown (2010–14). He has held the role of political director since 2007, leading all aspects of the news division’s political coverage and analysis. Todd is the editor of First Read, NBC’s guide to political news and trends in and around Washington, D.C. He also teaches a graduate-level political communications course at Johns Hopkins University.
During the 2008 presidential election, Todd became a frequent contributor to several television news outlets, and during the 2004 elections, he had the rare privilege of moderating one of the few presidential candidate forums in Iowa. In 2012, GQ named Todd “The Most Powerful Journalist in Washington.” That same year, he also won the Jeopardy! Power Players match. The Washingtonian has featured him in its “Best of” issue in the journalism section and named him one of the top 50 journalists covering Washington. In 2001, George magazine named Todd one of the 50 most influential people in politics.
Todd loves to follow races, issues and campaigns, and when he isn’t following politics, he’s writing about them. He contributes to publications like the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Atlantic Monthly, where he is a contributing editor. In 2009, Todd co-authored the definitive election analysis book How Barack Obama Won. His second book, The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House, was released last month.
Before joining NBC News, Todd was the editor-in-chief of National Journal’s The Hotline, Washington’s premier daily briefing on American politics. In his 15 years working at the Hotline or one of its affiliates, Todd became one of Washington’s foremost experts on political campaigns of all levels. He helped to grow the publication from a single daily political exposition into an elite paper at the epicenter of politics.
The Presidential Lecture Series at Murray State is sponsored annually by the Student Government Association, the president’s office and the MSU Foundation.
Todd joins the pantheon of distinguished speakers in the Presidential Lecture Series including Bill Nye, Spike Lee, James Carville and Mary Matalin, Ben Stein, Desmond Tutu, Richard Norton Smith, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Benazir Bhutto, Lech Walesa and F.W. deKlerk.