Margaret Warner

Margaret Garrard Warner (born February 12, 1950) is a senior correspondent for The PBS NewsHour. Before joining the NewsHour in 1993, she was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, The San Diego Union-Tribune, the Concord Monitor, and Newsweek.

Margaret Warner
Margaret Warner in 2011.jpg
Warner in 2011
Born (1950-02-12) February 12, 1950 (age 72)
Alma materYale University (B.A., English, 1971)
Occupationjournalist and reporter senior fellow at Yale’s Jackson Institute for Foreign Affairs
Known forPBS Newshour
Spouse(s)John R. Reilly (1986–2008; his death)

In addition, Warner has appeared on PBS' Washington Week In Review and CNN's The Capital Gang and was co-host of the radio program America Abroad, which focused on international issues.

Education and personal lifeEdit

Margaret Warner is the daughter of Brainard Henry Warner III and Mildred Warner of Chevy Chase, Maryland. She is a graduate of the Holton-Arms School of Bethesda, Maryland,[1] and graduated from Yale University with a BA, cum laude,[1] in English in 1971. Her father was a partner in the Washington law firm of Ogilby, Huhn & Barr. Her mother, Mildred Warner, was a trustee of the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington.[1]

Warner is a great-granddaughter of the founder of the Washington Loan and Trust Company, which was consolidated into the Riggs National Bank.[1]

She was married to former Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, John R. Reilly,[1] until his death in October 2008.[2]


Margaret Warner (right) interviewing General Walter L. Sharp during a documentary on the Republic of Korea (2011)

During the 1980s and 1990s, Warner worker as a reporter for Newsweek magazine.[1][3]

Since 2006, Warner has compiled on-the-ground reports for the PBS NewsHour. Much of her reporting is low-budget[4] and covers civil liberties and politics in South Asia, China and Russia.[5] Between 2009 and 2013, she was one of the program's rotating group of co-anchors.[6]

She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a trustee of the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges,[7] and she serves on the President's Council on International Activities at Yale University.[8][9]

Awards and honorsEdit

  • 2008. Warner won an Emmy Award for her coverage of the turmoil in Pakistan and the Edward Weintal Prize for International Reporting from Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy for her overseas reporting
  • 1990. Her diplomatic coverage for Newsweek during the Gulf War made her runner-up for the National Press Club's 1990 Edwin M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Reporting.
  • She also shared, with a Newsweek team, the prestigious George Polk Award for coverage of terrorism, and the Best Reporting Award from the Overseas Press Club.


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Margaret Warner Weds John R. Reilly". The New York Times. September 7, 1986. Section 1, p. 64. Retrieved November 1, 2020.
  2. ^ Hevesi, Dennis (October 15, 2008). "John R. Reilly, Adviser to Mondale, Is Dead at 80". The New York Times. Retrieved November 1, 2020.
  3. ^ Kolbert, Elizabeth (August 2, 1992). "Nation; Where a Player Can Strike Out and Stay at the Plate". The New York Times. Retrieved 2020-11-01.
  4. ^ Warner, Margaret (September 9, 2009). "Reporter's Notebook: Challenges of Reporting From Closed Societies". The Online Newshour. PBS NewsHour. Retrieved 2009-09-11.
  5. ^ Warner has compiled a number of reports on Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, China and Russia.
  6. ^ Stelter, Brian (August 13, 2013). "'NewsHour' Appoints First Female Anchor Team". The New York Times. Retrieved 2020-11-01.
  7. ^ "About Board of Trustees" Archived December 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges, website
  8. ^ "Bio: Margaret Warner"[permanent dead link], Brussels Forum, The German Marshall Fund of the United States
  9. ^ "Bio: Margaret Warner" Archived September 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, Yale University website

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