List of The Daily Show correspondents
This article is a list of the correspondents and on-screen contributors who have appeared on the satirical television program The Daily Show. Correspondents, collectively known as "The World's Fakest News Team" (formerly known as "The Best F#@king News Team Ever"), normally have two roles: "experts" with satirical "senior" titles whom the host interviews about certain issues, or hosts of original reporting segments, which often showcase interviews of serious political figures. During Jon Stewart's tenure, the show's contributors often had their own unique recurring segment on the show and tended to appear less frequently; current host Trevor Noah is a former correspondent and contributor who was featured during the Stewart era.
|Trevor Noah||September 28, 2015||Originally debuted as the Senior International Correspondent and as a contributor on December 4, 2014. In March 2015, Comedy Central revealed that he would be hosting the show.|
|Roy Wood Jr.||September 28, 2015||Senior Mars Correspondent, Senior Wall Street Correspondent, Senior Campaign Correspondent, Senior Immigration Correspondent, Senior Hollywood Correspondent, Steve Harvey impersonator, Segment Host: "CP Time", Segment Co-Host: "I Apologize for Talking While You Were Talking".|
|Desi Lydic||September 29, 2015||New Senior Geopolitical Correspondent, Senior Antiquities Correspondent, Senior Campaign Correspondent, Segment Host: "What The Actual Fact?"|
|Ronny Chieng||October 7, 2015||Senior Technology Correspondent, Senior Climatology Correspondent, Senior Basketball Correspondent, Segment Host: "Everything is Stupid".|
|Michael Kosta||July 11, 2017||Senior Constitutional Correspondent, Senior American Correspondent, Segment Co-Host: "I Apologize for Talking While You Were Talking".|
|Dulcé Sloan||September 9, 2017||Senior Fashion Correspondent.|
|Jaboukie Young-White||October 11, 2018||Senior Youth Correspondent.|
|Lewis Black||July 31, 1996||"Back in Black", he is the longest-running contributor to work on The Daily Show, having served on the show since the first month it was on the air.|
|Jordan Klepper||December 16, 2019||After his show Klepper ended in 2019, he returned to the show to cover the 2020 election.|
|Name||Year Joined||Year Left||Notes|
|Craig Kilborn||July 22, 1996||December 17, 1998||The original host. Left the show because he was chosen to host The Late Late Show with Tom Snyder's departure. Kilborn appeared on the show 16 years later on Jon Stewart's final episode on August 6, 2015.|
|Jon Stewart||January 11, 1999||August 6, 2015||Succeeded Kilborn as the new host of The Daily Show and is the most prolific host of the show. Stewart's final show was an hour long special on August 6, 2015. He returned to the show on December 7, 2015, to urge Congress to permanently extend a health care law for 9/11 first responders.|
|Name||Year Joined||Year Left||Notes|
|Dan Bakkedahl||September 20, 2005||September 25, 2007||Hired to replace departing correspondent Stephen Colbert on September 25, 2005. Filed his final report on September 25, 2007.|
|Samantha Bee||July 10, 2003||April 30, 2015||"This Week in God", "Are You Prepared?!?"; The Daily Show's first non-US citizen correspondent; all-time longest-serving regular correspondent after passing Stephen Colbert in 2011; filled in for a sick Jon Stewart on October 7, 2014. Bee departed the show on April 30, 2015, to host Full Frontal with Samantha Bee on TBS. She is married to fellow former correspondent Jason Jones.|
|Mary Birdsong||January 31, 2002||March 14, 2002||Contributing correspondent.|
|A. Whitney Brown||July 23, 1996||December 15, 1998||"Backfire"; was one of The Daily Show's original correspondents. Had his own The Daily Show special in 1998 called "Weirder Than Whitney".|
|Nancy Carell||December 7, 1999||August 8, 2002||"We Love Showbiz", "Popular Music Omnibus", "Dollars and "Cents"". Was credited under maiden name, Nancy Walls, and has been married to fellow former correspondent Steve Carell since 1995.|
|Steve Carell||February 11, 1999||April 4, 2005||"Even Stephven", "Produce Pete", "Dollars and "Cents"", "We Love Showbiz", "Slimmin' Down With Steve", "Ad Nauseam". Carell had his own The Daily Show special in May 2001 called "Steve Carell Salutes Steve Carell" highlighting his most popular field assignments on the show. Carell is the first correspondent to become a major movie and television star, and the only correspondent to receive an Academy Award nomination since leaving The Daily Show in early 2005. Carell has since returned numerous times as a featured guest. He is married to fellow former correspondent Nancy (Walls) Carell.|
|Wyatt Cenac||June 3, 2008||December 13, 2012||Senior Correspondent; also provides voice for Michael Steele puppet. Filed his final report on December 13, 2012, but also made cameo guest appearances on August 15, 2013 for the last show of guest host John Oliver.|
|Michael Che||June 4, 2014||September 18, 2014||Left to co-anchor "Weekend Update" on Saturday Night Live. Shortest correspondent tenure as of 2015. Was among the former correspondents who made an appearance on Jon Stewart's final episode on August 6, 2015.|
|Stephen Colbert||June 26, 1997||September 26, 2005||"Even Stephven", "This Week in God", "The Jobbing of America". Stephen Colbert hosted The Daily Show six times (January 24, 2001; February 20 and 22, 2001; March 26–27, 2001; April 3 and 5, 2001; May 2–3, 2001; March 6, 2003; July 6, 2004). Although Colbert left The Daily Show team in mid-2005, through 2010 Stewart frequently "tossed" to him at The Colbert Report at the end of a show. Colbert has also made a number of Daily Show cameos since 2005, particularly in reference to his mock "presidential campaigns" in 2007/08 and 2011/12, and Stewart's stewardship of Colbert SuperPAC in 2011. With a nearly nine-year tenure, Colbert was the longest serving correspondent on The Daily Show until his record was broken by Samantha Bee in 2011. Before taking over as new host of The Late Show on CBS.|
|Nate Corddry||October 4, 2005||May 2, 2006||The younger brother of correspondent Rob Corddry. As a running joke on the show, older brother Rob would often appear in Nate's segments usually picking on him. This eventually led to the two brothers having their own "Even Stephven"-style debate segment called "Brother vs. Brother".|
|Rob Corddry||April 17, 2002||August 24, 2006||"This Week in God", "Come On!", "Popular Music Omnibus", and as he liked to call them, "Poop jokes". Corddry filled in for Stewart (on paternity leave) on February 9, 2006. He left the show in August 2006 to start a film career and to star in The Winner, a Fox comedy that ran from March 4 to March 18, 2007. He has also returned as a special guest correspondent several times since.|
|Josh Gad||May 5, 2009||June 27, 2011||Contributing Correspondent. Made his last appearance on June 27, 2011.|
|Vance DeGeneres||January 14, 1999||May 17, 2001||"Dollars and "Cents"", "A Tale of Survival", had his own The Daily Show special in 2000 highlighting his popular "Tales of Survival" segments.|
|Rachael Harris||October 28, 2002||March 20, 2003||"Mark Your Calendar", "We Love Showbiz".|
|Ed Helms||April 29, 2002||December 05, 2006||"Digital Watch", "Ad Nauseam", "Mark Your Calendar", "We Love Showbiz", "This Week in God". Helms and fellow correspondent Rob Corddry had their own The Daily Show special in 2003 called "I'm a Correspondent: Please Don't Fire Me". Helms made an appearance on July 21, 2008 as a special guest correspondent. Helms was one of the stars of the 2009 comedy The Hangover and was a regular cast member on NBC's The Office, beginning with its third season.|
|Jason Jones||September 29, 2005||March 26, 2015||"Are You Prepared?!?", "Jason Jones 180"; Filled in for a sick Jon Stewart on October 7, 2014. Departed the show on March 26, 2015. He is married to fellow former correspondent Samantha Bee.|
|Jordan Klepper||March 3, 2014||September 21, 2017||New Senior Caucasian Correspondent. Senior Congressional Correspondent. Senior Campaign Correspondent. Senior Technology Correspondent. Senior Fantasy Culture Correspondent. Senior Fantasy Sports Correspondent. Senior Iowan Correspondent. Senior U.K. Correspondent. "Jordan Fingers the Pulse". Filled in for a sick Trevor Noah on October 20, 2016. Left the show so he can begin hosting his own spin-off The Opposition w/ Jordan Klepper on September 25, 2017. After the show got cancelled in 2018, he hosted a docuseries titled Klepper in 2019.|
|Beth Littleford||July 24, 1996||May 18, 2000||"The Beth Littleford Interview", "bETh". In 1999, she had her own The Daily Show special called "The Beth Littleford Interview Special", highlighting her popular celebrity interviews. She was the only original correspondent to stay with the show after Jon Stewart took over as host, leaving the show in 2000.|
|Al Madrigal||May 17, 2011||January 12, 2016||Senior Latino Correspondent. California correspondent.|
|Aasif Mandvi||August 9, 2006||October 14, 2015||Senior Middle East Correspondent; started as a contributor; but made correspondent in March 2007. Senior Campaign Correspondent.|
|Hasan Minhaj||November 19, 2014||August 16, 2018||Senior Indian Correspondent. Senior Political Correspondent. Senior Congressional Correspondent. Departed to host his own show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj on Netflix. Minhaj was the last remaining correspondent from the Jon Stewart era.|
|Olivia Munn||June 3, 2010||September 12, 2011||Senior Asian Correspondent. Made her final appearance on September 12, 2011.|
|John Oliver||July 31, 2006||December 19, 2013||Senior British Person; "Wilmore-Oliver Investigates"; on writing staff from 2007 to 2013. Interim host during the summer of 2013. He departed the show on December 19, 2013 to prepare hosting his own late night show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver on HBO which premiered on April 27, 2014. Returned to host the show on November 13, 2014 to promote Jon Stewart's film, Rosewater.|
|Rob Riggle||September 20, 2006||December 10, 2008||Senior Military Affairs Correspondent; Some of his most memorable work on the show included his overseas special assignments. His week-long reports from Iraq in 2007 titled "Operation: Silent Thunder" brought much attention to the show. After the success of "Silent Thunder", he traveled to China for his second overseas four-part series during the 2008 Olympics, titled "Rob Riggle: Chasing the Dragon". Shortly after announcing he would be leaving the show, he made his farewell appearance on December 10, 2008. Riggle made a surprise appearance on the August 3, 2010 show, during an interview with Will Ferrell and again on August 15, 2013 for the last show of guest host John Oliver. Made a cameo the week of Nov 17th in a correspondent report.|
|Mo Rocca||November 16, 1998||August 20, 2003||"Dollars and "Cents"", "Mark Your Calendar", "Mopinion". Rocca went on to parlay his Daily Show correspondent persona in numerous other cable appearances, such as several VH1 "talking head" shows and at the 2004 political conventions for Larry King Live.|
|Jeff Ross||July 22, 1996||June 18, 1997||Contributing correspondent.|
|Denny Siegel||February 2, 1999||April 15, 1999|
|Jeff Stilson||October 9, 1998||January 18, 1999|
|Miriam Tolan||June 15, 2000||July 25, 2001||Contributing correspondent. Also occasionally filled in for Nancy Walls on "Dollars and "Cents""|
|Brian Unger||July 22, 1996||December 16, 1998||"Backfire", was one of The Daily Show's original correspondents.|
|David Wain||July 23, 1996||August 6, 1996||Contributing correspondent.|
|Matt Walsh||May 2, 2001||June 25, 2002||News You Can Utilize, "Dollars and "Cents"", had his own The Daily Show special in May 2002 called "Matt Walsh Goes to Hawaii".|
|Lauren Weedman||July 16, 2001||October 7, 2002||"Dollars and "Cents"", "We Love Showbiz".|
|Jessica Williams||January 11, 2012||June 30, 2016||Senior Youth Correspondent. Senior Beyoncé Correspondent. Senior Congressional Correspondent. Senior Campaign Correspondent. Senior Political Correspondent.|
|Bob Wiltfong||April 6, 2004||December 1, 2005||Contributing correspondent.|
|Lizz Winstead||July 22, 1996||December 18, 1997||Original correspondent and co-creator of The Daily Show.|
|Stacey Grenrock-Woods||April 2, 1998||October 21, 2003||Contributing correspondent.|
|Name||Year Joined||Year Left||Notes|
|Amy Atkins||March 10, 1998||March 23, 1998||Contributor.|
|Dave Attell||April 1, 1999||January 22, 2002||Contributor, "The Ugly American".|
|Michael Blieden||July 30, 1996||January 24, 2000||Contributor, original host of "Ad Nauseam".|
|John Bloom||July 25, 1996||June 20, 2000||Contributor, "God Stuff".|
|Neal Brennan||March 14, 2016||January 30, 2020||Contributor, Trevor's friend.|
|Rich Brown||October 20, 1998||May 9, 2000||Contributor, "Public Excess". Also a one-time correspondent.|
|Sameer Butt||December 4, 1997||April 16, 1998||Contributor.|
|Eliza Cossio||May 16, 2016||January 24, 2017||Newest Contributor; Senior Latina Contributor|
|Frank DeCaro||October 10, 1996||March 19, 2003||Contributor, "Out at the Movies"; he hosted his own program on Sirius Satellite Radio and was a celebrity panelist on GSN's revival of I've Got a Secret.|
|Mick Foley||November 19, 2009||June 18, 2013||Contributor, "Senior Ass Kicker".|
|Dave Gorman||April 24, 2006||October 5, 2006||Contributor, "Poll Smoking"; appeared on the show once as a guest in 2001 to promote Are You Dave Gorman?.|
|Al Greenwood||March 16, 1998||October 18, 2000||Contributor, "Al Up in That". Greenwood (known for his local "Bedspread King" commercials) appeared as the show's "elderly consumer advocate". In 2000, he hosted The Daily Show special "Al Greenwood's Wrinkled Nuts", a best-of collection of the correspondent's field interviews with elderly residents. Greenwood died on June 6, 2001, at age 93. An "in memoriam" clip for Greenwood was shown as the "Moment of Zen" on the show that week.|
|Buck Henry||January 31, 2007||September 24, 2007||Contributor, "The Henry Stops Here", Senior Historical Perspectivist.|
|John Hodgman||January 16, 2006||June 4, 2015||Resident Expert, Deranged Millionaire, "You're Welcome", "Exper-teasers"; "Money Talks"; appeared on the show once as a guest in November 2005 to promote The Areas of My Expertise.|
|Tom Johnson||May 11, 2000||October 2, 2001||Contributor, "Lord Viper Scorpion".|
|Andy Kindler||October 19, 2000||March 21, 2001||Contributor, "TV Guy".|
|Robert Knight||February 4, 1997||April 23, 1997||Contributor.|
|Ed Lover||September 30, 1996||December 19, 1996||Contributor, "Ed Lover's America".|
|Adam Lowitt||December 9, 2015||March 2, 2017||Senior Jewish Correspondent|
|Demetri Martin||November 14, 2005||February 28, 2008||Contributor, "Trendspotting". Left to star in his own Comedy Central show, Important Things with Demetri Martin.|
|Molly Pesce||February 24, 1996||May 28, 1998||Originally co-hosted The Daily Show's movie review segments with Frank DeCaro. Eventually, DeCaro would go solo with his own segment "Out at the Movies" in 1997.|
|Kristen Schaal||March 13, 2008||March 1, 2016||Women's Issues Correspondent; married to long-time Daily Show writer Rich Blomquist.|
|Tom Shillue||September 29, 1998||July 20, 2000||Contributor, "This Week in Hate". Become a correspondent in 2000 before leaving.|
|Campbell Smith||May 8, 2001||January 14, 2002||Contributor, "Dollars and "Cents"".|
|William Stephenson||April 20, 1999||August 27, 1999||Contributor, "What I'm Sayin". Stephenson died on January 14, 2019 at age 61.|
|Paul F. Tompkins||August 6, 1998||December 3, 1998||Contributor, "Us People's Weekly Entertainment".|
|Larry Wilmore||August 22, 2006||December 2, 2014||Senior Black Correspondent, "Wilmore-Oliver Investigates". Left to host The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.|
|Michelle Wolf||April 7, 2016||November 15, 2017||Senior Women's Issues Correspondent. Previously a writer on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Wolf went on to host her own show, The Break with Michelle Wolf on Netflix, which ran for ten episodes.|
|Gina Yashere||March 16, 2017||July 16, 2018||Senior British Correspondent.|
|Bassem Youssef||February 10, 2015||April 14, 2015||Senior Middle East Correspondent. The host of Al-Bernameg (The Program), a satirical news program broadcast in Egypt from 2011 to 2014. The press has compared Youssef with Stewart, who served as an inspiration for Youssef to begin his career.|
|List of The Daily Show correspondents (3 years or more)|
|Host: Craig Kilborn||Host: Jon Stewart||Host: Trevor Noah|
|Roy Wood Jr.|
|A. Whitney Brown|
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