Margaret Warner ’71

Senior Fellow, Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs
Former Chief Global Affairs Correspondent, PBS NewsHour

Margaret Warner currently serves as a senior fellow at the Yale Jackson Institute for Global Affairs. She recently stepped down from her post as Chief Global Affairs Correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, public television’s flagship nightly news and analysis program. She founded the NewsHour’s Overseas Reporting Unit in 2006 and for the next decade produced in-depth reports from regions in crisis, including Israel, the West Bank and Gaza; Pakistan; China; Afghanistan; Russia; Yemen; Iraq; Korea; Egypt; Syria; Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan; Crimea and Ukraine; and Iraqi Kurdistan. While in Washington, she covered the making of U.S. foreign policy.

Warner joined the NewsHour in 1993 after two decades as a political, White House, and diplomatic correspondent at Newsweek magazine. A panelist in the last 1998 presidential campaign debate, she covered U.S. policymaking during the George H.W. Bush administration, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first Gulf War, and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Previously, she reported for The Wall Street Journal and the Concord Monitor.

Warner’s reporting has been recognized with numerous awards, including an Emmy Award for her 2007 reporting from Pakistan; the Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting from Georgetown University; and the George Polk Award, which was granted to Warner and a team of Newsweek reporters for its coverage of terrorism.

Warner graduated cum laude from Yale in 1971, the first Yale graduating class to include women. A former trustee of the Yale Corporation (2006–2012), Warner currently sits on the board of the Council on Foreign Relations. She recently completed a master’s degree in international public policy at the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies.