Everyone Who Has Been a Meet the Press Host

List of Moderators of the Show That Was Described as the 51st State in the Union

Political journalist Chuck Todd is the Meet the Press host and only the 11th permanent moderator of a show that has become synonymous with Sunday mornings and whose influence earned it the reputation of being the 51 state in the United States. 

Todd was chosen to serve as Meet the Press host in August 2014. NBC'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." 

A 12th person, Tom Brokaw, served as host on a temporary basis following the death of Tim Russert. The show debuted in 1947.

Here is a list of Meet the Press hosts.

Chuck Todd

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." Todd is a former editor of the National Journal’s The Hotline.

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. But he was unhappy in the job and rating were slipping by 2014, a rumors swirled about his ouster. 

Gregory later wrote:

"By the time I made the announcement that I was leaving Meet the Press in August 2014, NBC and I had been in discussions for several weeks. I didn’t want to leave, but I was not happy. I was getting a lot of bad press about falling ratings, and many of the stories specu­lated on whether I would be replaced. It was frustrating, because I knew that people within NBC were leaking stories — saying I was about to be pushed out, in order to weaken my position, even as my bosses were telling me that was not the case. The press coverage seemed exces­sively personal, as though I had done something wrong."

...

My relationship with Meet the Press during that last year was like a marriage that you know is bad but you can’t leave. I was miserable, but I needed to be told the company didn’t support me before I could come to terms with the end. Although NBC backed me initially, the net­work decided late in the summer that it would not com­mit to me in the long term. Clearly, that was the signal that it was time to go. 

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. During that time, he earned widespread acclaim for his meticulous research and fairness in confronting elected officials. He died of a heart attack in June 2008. He was 58 years old.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bill Monroe

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

Lawrence Spivak

Lawrence Spivak
West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt inviting Lawrence Spivak, left, to try sniffing snuff. Bettmann/Getty Images

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

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.  

Martha Rountree

Martha Rountree
Lawrence Spivak, left, interviews labor leader John Lewis as moderator Martha Rountree looks on. Library of Congress

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.