Major Elliott Garrett (born August 24, 1962) is an American journalist who is chief Washington correspondent for CBS News. Garrett is the host of The Takeout podcast with CBS News, and a correspondent at large with National Journal.[1] Prior to joining National Journal he was the senior White House correspondent for the Fox News Channel. He covered the 2004 presidential election, the War on Terror, and the 2008 presidential election where he covered the Democratic Party presidential primaries and later Barack Obama as the Democratic nominee.

Major Elliott Garrett
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Garrett in 2016.
Major Elliott Garrett

(1962-08-24) August 24, 1962 (age 57)
EducationUniversity of Missouri (B.J./B.S.)
OccupationChief Washington Correspondent with CBS News
Spouse(s)Lara Brown

Early life and educationEdit

Garrett was born in San Diego, California. He attended James Madison High School in San Diego, California. He graduated in 1984 from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science.[2] He is a member of Phi Gamma Delta.[3]


In the 1990s, Garrett was a senior editor and congressional correspondent for U.S. News & World Report and a congressional reporter for The Washington Times before joining CNN's White House team in early 2000 and Fox News in 2002 as a general assignment reporter. There, he covered the 2004 election and served as the network's congressional correspondent. He has also been a White House correspondent for CNN and an award-winning reporter across the country for the Houston Post, the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and the Amarillo Globe-News. His articles have appeared in such magazines as The Weekly Standard, Washington Monthly, and Mother Jones.[4]

Garrett covered President Barack Obama's presidential campaign. On January 13, 2009, Garrett became the senior White House correspondent for the Fox News Channel.[5] Garrett left Fox News on September 3, 2010, to join National Journal.[6] His final day on Fox News was on America Live with Megyn Kelly. He is also a frequent guest commentator on MSNBC and on CBS's Face the Nation.

It was announced on Face the Nation on November 18, 2012, that Garrett would be joining CBS News as Chief White House Correspondent. He was named CBS News Chief Washington Correspondent in December 2018.[7]

Garrett now hosts The Takeout, a weekly podcast about politics, policy and pop culture.[8]


In July 2015, Garrett made headlines when he asked Obama during a press conference why he was "content" with the Iran Nuclear Deal that left four Americans—Amir Mirza Hekmati, Jason Rezaian, Saeed Abedini, and Robert Levinson—trapped in Iran. The President admonished Garrett by saying, "I’ve got to give you credit, Major, for how you craft those questions. The notion that I am 'content' as I celebrate with American citizens languishing in Iranian jails, Major, that's nonsense, and you should know better. Now, if the question is why we did not tie the negotiations to their release, think about the logic that creates. Suddenly, Iran realizes, 'You know what? Maybe we can get additional concessions out of the Americans by holding these individuals.'"[9][10]

Personal lifeEdit

Garrett is married to Lara Brown and lives with his family in Washington, D.C.[11]


  • Common Cents (Little, Brown, 1995, ISBN 0-316-69912-8)
  • The Fifteen Biggest Lies in Politics (St. Martin's Griffin, 2000, ISBN 978-0-312-25459-9)
  • The Enduring Revolution: How the Contract with America Continues to Shape the Nation (Crown Forum, 2005, ISBN 978-1-4000-5466-4)
  • The Enduring Revolution: The Inside Story of the Republican Ascendancy and Why It Will Continue (Three Rivers Press, 2006, ISBN 978-1-4000-5467-1)
  • Mr. Trump's Wild Ride: The Thrills, Chills, Screams, and Occasional Blackouts of an Extraordinary Presidency (St. Martin's Press, 2018, ISBN 9781250185914)

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Weinger, Mackenzie (November 18, 2012), "Major Garrett joins CBS as chief White House correspondent", Politico
  2. ^ "Profiles in Success: Major Garrett '84", Missouri School of Journalism website
  3. ^ "Network Community page", The Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta website
  4. ^ Beyond the Contract
  5. ^ Steve Kapsinow (January 13, 2009), "Garrett Named Senior WH Correspondent", TVNewser,
  6. ^ Stelter, Brian; Peters, Jeremy W. (August 25, 2010), "National Journal Hires Major Garrett from Fox News", Media Decoder blog, The New York Times
  7. ^ "Major Garrett". CBS News. February 12, 2019. Retrieved May 21, 2019.
  8. ^ "The Takeout: A CBS News original political podcast". CBS News. October 26, 2018. Retrieved November 8, 2018.
  9. ^ Kludt, Tom (July 16, 2015). "Obama scolds reporter for Iran question: 'You should know better'". CNN. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  10. ^ Darcy, Oliver (July 16, 2015). "CBS Reporter Major Garrett Responds to Public Scolding From Obama: 'Clearly It Struck a Nerve'". The Blaze. Retrieved July 16, 2015.
  11. ^ "Major Garrett Bio", FOX News, archived from the original on January 6, 2008

External linksEdit

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Preceded by
Norah O'Donnell
Chief White House Correspondent, CBS News
November 2012 – December 2018
Succeeded by
Preceded by
John Dickerson
Chief Washington Correspondent, CBS News
December 2018 – current
Succeeded by
Preceded by
John Dickerson (interim)
CBS Evening News anchor
May 20–24, 2019
(Interim Anchor)
Succeeded by
David Begnaud (interim)