List of Meet the Press Moderators

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Political journalist Chuck Todd was chosen to serve as moderator of its venerated Sunday morning television talk show Meet the Press in August 2014.

Todd, who had served as the network's political director, took over for David Gregory in what was described as an effort to make the show "the beating heart of politics, the place where newsmakers come to make news, where the agenda is set." 

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Todd became only the 11th permanent moderator of Meet the Press (Tom Brokaw served as an interim host following the death of Tim Russert) since it debuted in 1947.

Here is a list of Meet the Press moderators, starting with the current host, Chuck Todd.

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Chuck Todd and David Gregory
Chuck Todd (L) and David Gregory during a taping of 'Meet the Press' in 2008. Alex Wong/Getty Images for Meet the Press

Todd took the helm of Meet the Press on Sept. 7, 2014. At the time, NBC News described the journalist as being of the "next generation" and as having a unique ability to deliver "razor sharp analysis and infectious enthusiasm."  More »

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David Gregory

David Gregory
David Gregory. Getty Images

Gregory assumed the role of Meet the Press moderator on Dec. 7, 2008, following the sudden death of Russert from cardiac arrest in June of that year. 

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Tim Russert

Tim Russert
Tim Russert. Getty Images

Russert took over the helm of Meet the Press on Dec. 8, 1991, and became the longest-serving moderator of the show to date for his 16 and a half years interviewing politicians.

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Garrick Utley

Garrick Utley
Garrick Utley. Getty Images

Utley served as Meet the Press moderator from Jan. 29, 1989, to Dec. 1, 1991, according to NBC News records. He was also a host of the network's Today show.

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Chris Wallace

Chris Wallace
Chris Wallace. Getty Images

Wallace served as Meet the Press moderator from May 10, 1987 to Dec. 4, 1988, according to NBC News records.

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Roger Mudd

Roger Mudd
Roger Mudd. Getty Images

Mudd was a co-moderator of Meet the Press with Marvin Kalb from Sept.16, 1984, to June 2, 1985, according to NBC News. Mudd and Kalb were the only two people to co-moderate the show in its history.

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Marvin Kalb

Marvin Kalb
Marvin Kalb. Getty Images

Kalb was a co-moderator of Meet the Press with Roger Mudd from Sept.16, 1984, to June 2, 1985, according to NBC News.

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Bill Monroe

Monroe was moderator of Meet the Press from Nov. 16, 1975, to Sept. 9, 1984. 

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Lawrence Spivak

Lawrence Spivak was moderator of Meet the Press.
Lawrence Spivak was moderator of Meet the Press. Seattle Times/JR Partners / Contributor

Spivak was a co-creator of Meet the Press and served as moderator from Jan. 1, 1966, to Nov. 9, 1975.

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Ned Brooks

Ned Brooks served as moderator of Meet the Press from Nov. 22, 1953, to Dec. 26, 1965.
Ned Brooks served as moderator of Meet the Press from Nov. 22, 1953, to Dec. 26, 1965. NBC-National Broadcasting Company/WikiMedia Commons

Brooks served as moderator of Meet the Press from Nov. 22, 1953, to Dec. 26, 1965.  

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Martha Rountree

Rountree was the co-founder of Meet the Press and only female moderator of the show. She served as the show's host from Nov. 6, 1947, to Nov. 1, 1953. Rountree also had the first female guest on the show on Sept. 12, 1948, according to a history of the show published by NBC News. She was Elizabeth Bentley, a former Soviet spy.

Two years before the television show first aired, though, Rountree and Spivak went on the radio airwaves with a show of the same name.