Jeff Greenfield, a veteran political, media and culture reporter, has served as senior political correspondent at CBS News since May 2007. He contributes to theCBS Evening News with Katie Couric, The Early Show, CBS News Sunday Morningand other CBS News broadcasts, as well as CBSNews.com.
Prior to his return to CBS, Greenfield had been senior analyst for CNN since 1998. During that time he served as its lead analyst for its coverage of the primaries, conventions, presidential debates and election night, as well as presidential funerals and Supreme Court nomination hearings. He also reported on the media, culture and trends for the cable network.
Though Greenfield's reporting has taken him to locales around the world, from South Africa to Japan to Europe, he is principally known for his coverage of domestic politics and media. He has served as a floor reporter or anchor booth analyst for every national convention since 1988. He has twice been named to TV Guide's All-Star team as best political commentator and was cited by theWashington Journalism Review as "the best in the business" for his media analysis.
Before joining CNN, Greenfield was a political and media analyst for ABC News (1983-1997), appearing primarily on Nightline and delivering weekly commentaries for World News Sunday. Previously he was the media commentator for CBS News (1979-1983). Greenfield has also appeared on William F. Buckley'sFiring Line and PBS' We Interrupt This Week. And he was the anchor of PBS' CEO Exchange, a limited-run series, for five seasons.
Greenfield has won four Emmy Awards, two for his reporting from South Africa, one for a report on Ross Perot and one for a profile of Robert Kennedy. His work has appeared in many publications, including the New York Times Magazine, Harper's and National Lampoon. He is the author or co-author of 12 books going back to 1971 including Oh, Waiter, One Order of Crow, an insider's account of the contested 2000 presidential election. His 1995 debut novel, The People's Choice, was a national bestseller and named by the New York Times Book Review as one of the notable books of the year. His new book, THEN EVERYTHING CHANGED: Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics will be in bookstores in March 2011.
Before becoming a commentator and analyst, Greenfield worked in politics as a Senate aide and speechwriter for Senator Robert F. Kennedy (1967-1968); chief speechwriter for New York Mayor John V. Lindsay (1968-1970); and a political consultant for Garth Associates (1970-1976). He lives in New York City.