Is Margaret Brennan Related to John Brennan? The Truth Behind the Rumors

There has been a lot of speculation about whether Margaret Brennan, the moderator of Face the Nation on CBS News, is related to John Brennan, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) under President Barack Obama. Some people have wondered if they are siblings, cousins, or distant relatives. The rumors have been fueled by their shared Irish ancestry, their involvement in foreign affairs and national security, and their occasional appearances on the same media platforms.

However, there is no clear evidence that Margaret Brennan and John Brennan are related to each other. In fact, they have both denied any family connection in public. Here is what we know about their backgrounds and careers, and why they are not related.

Margaret Brennan’s Early Life and Career

Margaret Brennan was born on March 26, 1980, in Stamford, Connecticut, to Edward Brennan and Jane Brennan, an elementary school art and art history teacher. She is of Irish descent and has two brothers. She graduated with honors from the Convent of the Sacred Heart in Greenwich, Connecticut, in 1998. She then attended the University of Virginia, graduating with highest distinction in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in foreign affairs and Middle Eastern studies with a minor in Arabic. She was named an Emmerich-Wright scholar for her thesis and also studied abroad at Yarmouk University in Irbid, Jordan, on a Fulbright-Hays Grant. In 2015, she received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Niagara University for her work in international affairs.

Brennan began her business news career in 2002 at CNBC as a producer for prominent financial journalist Louis Rukeyser. She later worked as a producer on Street Signs with Ron Insana, and as a CNBC correspondent covering the financial crisis and consumer issues. She broke the story of Circuit City’s liquidation in 2009 and regularly covered changing consumer trends for the network. She also interviewed former Walmart CEO Lee Scott and Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen.

In 2009, Brennan left CNBC to join Bloomberg Television as an anchor of the weekday show InBusiness with Margaret Brennan. She also hosted a weekly interview program called Political Capital with Al Hunt. She covered major economic and political stories around the world, including the Arab Spring, the European debt crisis, the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and the U.S.-China strategic dialogue. She interviewed influential figures such as former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

In 2012, Brennan joined CBS News as a correspondent based in Washington, D.C. She has covered the State Department, the White House, Congress, and national security issues for various CBS programs. She has reported from more than 40 countries on topics such as the Iran nuclear deal, the Syrian civil war, the rise of ISIS, the Russian intervention in Ukraine, the Brexit referendum, the Paris climate accord, and the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. She has also interviewed several world leaders and U.S. officials such as President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former Secretary of Defense James Mattis, former National Security Advisor John Bolton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

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