Jeff Greenfield

Jeff Greenfield

Jeff Greenfield at Miller Center, 2011
Born (1943-06-10) June 10, 1943
New York City
Alma mater University of Wisconsin
Yale Law School
Occupation Television journalist, author
Notable credit(s) CBS Evening News Correspondent (20072011)
Title Senior Political Correspondent
Spouse(s) Carrie Carmichael (?-1993; divorced; 2 children)
Karen Anne Gannett (1993-?; divorced)[1]
Dena Sklar
Children Casey

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


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, and in 1966 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 in 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 eleven books and has written for Time, The New York Times, and Slate.

Greenfield is the recipient of three Emmy Awards, 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 life

Greenfield has been married three times:

Greenfield lives in New York and Salisbury, Connecticut.



  1. People
  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. "WEDDINGS; Jeff Greenfield and Karen Gannett". The New York Times. April 25, 1993.
  7. Newfield, Jack; Greenfield, Jeff (1972). A Populist Manifesto : The Making of A New American majority (1st ed.). Praeger Publishers. p. 221. ISBN 1135578559.

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