Jeff Greenfield

Jeffrey Greenfield (born June 10, 1943) is an American television journalist[2] and author.

Jeff Greenfield
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Jeff Greenfield at Miller Center, 2011
Born (1943-06-10) June 10, 1943 (age 77)
New York City
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin
Yale Law School
OccupationTelevision journalist, author
Notable credit(s)
CBS Evening News Correspondent (2007–2011)
TitleSenior Political Correspondent
Carrie Carmichael (2 children)
(div. 1993)
Karen Anne Gannett[1]
(m. after 1993, divorced)
  • Dena Sklar


He was born in New York City, to Benjamin and Helen Greenfield.[3] He grew up in Manhattan and graduated in 1960 from the Bronx High School of Science. In 1964 he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Daily Cardinal. While at the university, Greenfield was inducted into the Iron Cross (Secret Society). In 1966, Greenfield graduated with a bachelor of laws degree from Yale Law School, where he was a Note and Comment editor of the Yale Law Journal. He also served as a speechwriter for Senator Robert F. Kennedy, assisting with the composition on Kennedy's speech, "On the Mindless Menace of Violence".[4]


Over the course of his career, he has reported primarily on domestic politics and the media and occasionally on culture. He appeared on the Firing Line television program as early as 1968 and was the host of the national public television series "CEO Exchange," featuring in-depth interviews with high-profile chief executive officers, for five seasons. He served as media commentator for CBS News from 1979 to 1983 and as political and media analyst for ABC News from 1983 to 1997, often appearing on the Nightline program. He served as a senior analyst at CNN from 1998 to 2007. On May 1, 2007, Greenfield returned to CBS News, where he served as a senior political correspondent until April 2011.[5] He currently hosts PBS's "Need to Know" and also does political commentary on NBC Nightly News.

He has also written or contributed to 11 books and has written for Time, The New York Times, National Lampoon, and Slate. He wrote one novel, which is about the Electoral College.

Greenfield has been the recipient of five Emmy Awards,[6] two for his reporting from South Africa (1985 and 1990) and one for a profile of H. Ross Perot (1992). Then Everything Changed was a finalist for the 2011 Sidewise Award for Alternate History, Long Form.

Personal lifeEdit

Greenfield has been married three times:

  • His first wife was Carrie Carmichael, whom he divorced in February 1993. They had two children: a daughter, Casey, and a son, David. His daughter was married to screenwriter Matt Manfredi[7] and has a son with former CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin.[8][9]
  • On April 24, 1993, he married Karen Anne Gannett,[10] from whom he is now divorced.


External video
  Booknotes interview with Greenfield on Oh, Waiter! One Order of Crow, July 22, 2001, C-SPAN
  Presentation by Greenfield on Then Everything Changed, March 11, 2011, C-SPAN
  After Words interview with Greenfield on Then Everything Changed, April 9, 2011, C-SPAN
  Presentation by Greenfield on If Kennedy Lived, October 25, 2013, C-SPAN
  • Newfield, Jack; Greenfield, Jeff (1972). A Populist Manifesto: The Making of A New American majority (1st ed.). Praeger Publishers. p. 221. ISBN 1135578559.
  • Jeff Greenfield's Book of Books. National Lampoon. 1979. ISBN 978-0-930368-37-1.
  • No Peace, No Place: Excavations Along the Generational Fault. Doubleday. 1973. ISBN 978-0-385-01936-1.
  • Television: The First Fifty Years. Abrams. 1977. ISBN 978-0-8109-1651-7.
  • Playing to Win: An Insider's Guide to Politics. Simon and Schuster. 1980. ISBN 978-0-671-24762-1.
  • The People's Choice: A Novel. Putnam. 1995. ISBN 0-452-27705-1.
  • Oh, Waiter, One Order of Crow! Inside the Strangest Presidential Election Finish in American History. Putnam. 2001. ISBN 978-0-399-14776-0.
  • Then Everything Changed: Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics: JFK, RFK, Carter, Ford, Reagan. 2011. ISBN 978-0-399-15706-6.
  • 43*: When Gore Beat Bush—A Political Fable. 2012. ISBN 978-1-614-52046-7.
  • If Kennedy Lived: The First and Second Terms of President John F. Kennedy: An Alternate History. 2013. ISBN 978-0-399-16696-9.


  1. ^ Plummer, William (December 4, 1995). "Electoral College Humor". People. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  2. ^ CBS News
  3. ^ New York Times: "Paid Notice: Deaths GREENFIELD, HELEN E. October 17, 2001
  4. ^ Newfield, Jack (1988). Robert Kennedy: A Memoir (reprint ed.). New York: Penguin Group. pp. 248–250. ISBN 0-452-26064-7.
  5. ^ Kurtz, Howard (March 30, 2007). "CNN Analyst Jeff Greenfield to Join CBS". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 9, 2008.
  6. ^ "3 Reasons Not to Worry About Trump's Fourth of July—and 1 Big Reason to Worry". Politico. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  7. ^ New York Times: "Casey Greenfield, Matt Manfredi" November 21, 2004
  8. ^ Rush, George (February 17, 2010). "CNN legal eagle Jeffrey Toobin in baby mama drama – with daughter of CBS News' Jeff Greenfield". Daily News (New York). Retrieved February 23, 2014.
  9. ^ New York Times: "Casey Greenfield v. the World" By ROBIN FINN February 17, 2012
  10. ^ "WEDDINGS; Jeff Greenfield and Karen Gannett". The New York Times. April 25, 1993.

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