Free event is Feb. 24, 2015
MURRAY, Ky. (Dec. 3, 2014) — 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 8 p.m. on Feb. 24 in Lovett Auditorium. Admission is free.
Meet the Press is NBC’s flagship Sunday morning public affairs program and the longest running broadcast in television history. Todd is the face of the show and a self-described political junkie. 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.
The Presidential Lecture Series 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.