David Gregory

Meet the Press 2008–2014

David Gregory is an American television journalist and the former moderator of NBC News' Sunday morning talk show Meet the Press.

Gregory was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Carolyn Surtees, an account manager, and Don Gregory originally Don Ginsburg, a film and theatrical producer. Gregory was born to a Jewish father and a non-Jewish mother; he was raised Jewish, and is a practicing Jew today. Gregory graduated from American University in 1992. While there, he worked for the campus television station, ATV - American University Television, and received a degree in International Studies from the School of International Service. Gregory was named the School of International Service's alumnus of the year in 2005 and sits on the Dean's Advisory Council.


Gregory began his career at the age of 18 as a summer reporter for KGUN-TV in Tucson, Arizona. Gregory also worked for NBC’s local West Coast affiliate KCRA-TV in Sacramento, California.

Gregory had been the substitute co-anchor of Weekend Today, filling in for Lester Holt on that program from 2003 to 2014. He filled in for Matt Lauer on Today from 2005 to 2014. Gregory was also the anchor of News Chat, Crosstalk NBC, and Newsfront on MSNBC from 1998 to 2000.

Gregory has also filled in on NBC News Weekend Nightly News and NBC Nightly News from 2005 to 2014.

Gregory also filled the Imus in the Morning time slot on MSNBC after the Don Imus controversy involving the Rutgers University basketball team while MSNBC searched for a permanent host. He served as a guest host in the morning time slot for MSNBC (while also being simulcast on WFAN) for one week in May. The morning radio program was known as Gregory Live.

From March 17, 2008, through December 5, 2008, Gregory hosted a show on MSNBC weekday evenings, which replaced Tucker Carlson's Tucker. The show was called Race for the White House until the conclusion of the 2008 U.S. Presidential election. From November 5, 2008, forward the show became known as 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. Gregory was replaced by David Shuster, who was named as the new host for 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue starting with the December 15, 2008 show.

Due to internal fighting among the staff at MSNBC, Gregory was appointed as anchor on MSNBC during the presidential debates and the 2008 election. On November 4–5, he teamed with Rachel Maddow, Eugene Robinson, Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann as commentators on the presidential election.

Gregory became the moderator of Meet the Press, beginning with the December 14, 2008, episode when he was introduced by interim moderator Tom Brokaw. The ratings fell, and he was replaced in 2014.

During Gregory's tenure at Meet the Press, the show's ratings fell to their lowest in 21 years and it regularly placed third among Sunday morning news shows. The Washington Post reported that NBC hired a "psychological consultant" to assess Mr. Gregory. NBC did not deny this, saying it had hired a "brand consultant" to evaluate how Gregory connected with the audience. On August 14, 2014, NBC announced Gregory would leave the parent network, with his hosting duties assumed by Chuck Todd. The New York Post reported NBC had paid Gregory $4 million to leave the network, and he had signed a non-disparagement clause.On August 17, 2014, Andrea Mitchell hosted Meet the Press, and paid brief tribute to Gregory's career at NBC, saying, "In 20 years with NBC News, David has done it all.... Through all the years, David has been true to the traditions of this program and NBC News.


On the December 23, 2012, broadcast of Meet the Press with National Rifle Association chief executive Wayne LaPierre, Gregory displayed what he identified as "a magazine for ammunition that carries 30 bullets". NBC had requested permission from the Metropolitan Police Department  to include a high-capacity magazine in the segment and were denied.[33][34] Gregory displayed the magazine on the show, with media reports noting D.C. Code 7-2506.01(b) prohibits the possession of magazines with a capacity in excess of "10 rounds of ammunition."

Edward Snowden

On June 23, 2013, David Gregory posed a question to journalist Glenn Greenwald that the Washington Post described as a gotcha inquiry containing a veiled accusation of federal criminal wrongdoing, very much in the tradition of 'how long have you been beating your wife'". According to the Los Angeles Times, "Gregory’s question disguised a loaded assumption that Greenwald aided and abbetted NSA leaker Edward Snowden before asking: Why shouldn’t you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime? Greenwald responded vigorously in objection to the question. The accusation itself became a news story. The New York Times said, "If you tease apart his inquiry, it suggests there might be something criminal in reporting out important information from a controversial source. The Poynter Institute wrote, "The obvious defense is that he was merely asking a question that evinced a viewpoint advanced by U.S. Rep. Peter King and Washington Post columnist Marc Thiessen—that publishing secrets is law-breaking. Opinion columnist Frank Rich called Gregory's charges "preposterous," questioning Gregory's own journalistic credentials and asking why he didn't also make similar accusations against Washington Post reporter Barton Gellman, who also published Snowden's leaks.


Meet the Press Moderators

Martha Rountree

Ned Brooks

Lawrence E. Spivak

Bill Monroe

Roger Mudd

Marvin Kalb

Chris Wallace

Garrick Utley

Tim Russert

Tom Brokaw

David Gregory

F. Chuck Todd




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