David Gregory is Chief White House Correspondent for NBC News. He is generally considered one of the more liberal correspondents for the network. Gregory is married and has three children who reside in Washington D.C.
Gregory graduated from The American University in Washington, D.C. with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies. His journalism career began at the early age of nineteen when he began work at a ABC affiliate station in Tucson, Arizona( KGUN-TV). In 1995, he was hired by NBC news, where he worked as a correspondent based in Los Angeles and Chicago. During his first years at the network, he covered such stories as the Oklahoma City bombing, President Clinton impeachment, the O.J. Simpson trial and the death of the Pope. In 1998, he moved up the ranks of the network and was hired as anchor for NBC’s cable station, MSNBC.
In 2000 Gregory was promoted to Chief White House Correspondent, a job which was formerly held by Andrea Mitchell. During the 2000 campaign he covered George W. Bush. During the attacks on September 11, 2001, Gregory was with the newly elected president in Florida, and later was the only reporter to accompany the president to the World Trade Center site three days after the tragedy. In 2002, he traveled with Vice President Dick Cheney around the Middle East before the Iraq War. In 2004 Gregory again covered President Bush and his campaign against Senator John Kerry. A Tyndall Report found that he was the most used correspondent on television during this time. He began serving as a substitute anchor for NBC shows, Today, Meet the Press, “Imus in the Morning” and Nightly News in 2005, and continues to do so today. He also is a political commentator for Hardball; a show moderated by liberal Chris Matthews. He has been named as Tim Russert's permanent replacement as host of Meet the Press.
Gregory and his colleagues received an Emmy award for their coverage of former President Ronald Reagan’s death.
Critics questions the bias of Gregory reporting. They site his questions and attitude of seemingly disrespect towards the president and administration, and his liberal slant he places on his reports. At one press conference Gregory asked Bush, “why [do] you believe you’re still a credible messenger on the war?” , Bush responded by saying he reads intelligence, and went on to say that, “terrorist are a threat to your children, David, and whoever is in that Oval Office better understand it and take measures necessary to protect the American people.”
At one point Gregory interrupted the president in a press conference to ask if was going to change his administration cabinet. Bush joked that he was, “not going to hire you[David], if that's what you were suggesting,”. The joke came after Bush had hired former Fox News reporter Tony Snow. Gregory responded by saying, “I was not suggesting that.” Bush ended the conversation by stating, "I would, except you can't pass the background check. Okay, an unnecessary cheap shot, I take it back."