Jeff Greenfield
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Jeff Greenfield at Miller Center, 2011
Jeffrey Greenfield

(1943-06-10) June 10, 1943 (age 79)
New York City, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Wisconsin
Yale Law School
Occupation(s)Television journalist, author
Notable creditCBS Evening News Correspondent (2007–2011)
TitleSenior Political Correspondent
  • Harriet Carmichael
    (m. 1968; div. 1993)
  • Karen Anne Gannett[1]
    (m. 1993, divorced)
  • Dena Sklar
    (m. 2002)

Jeffrey Greenfield (born June 10, 1943) is an American television journalist[2] and author.

Early life

He was born in New York City, to Benjamin and Helen Greenfield.[3][4] He grew up in Manhattan and graduated in 1960 from the Bronx High School of Science.

In 1964 he graduated with honors, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Daily Cardinal.[4] While at the university, Greenfield was inducted into the Iron Cross (Secret Society).[4] In 1966, Greenfield graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Laws degree from Yale Law School, where he was a Note and Comment editor of the Yale Law Journal.[4]


Greenfield was hired as a speechwriter for Senator Robert F. Kennedy, assisting with RFK's speech, "On the Mindless Menace of Violence".[5] He worked on the 1968 Presidential campaign of Kennedy. Greenfield worked as chief speechwriter for New York Mayor John Lindsay.[4]

Greenfield worked for seven years with political consultant David Garth.[4]

Over the course of his career, Greenfield has reported primarily on domestic politics and the media, and occasionally on culture. He appeared on the Firing Line television program as early as 1968. He was the host of the national public television series "CEO Exchange," featuring in-depth interviews with high-profile chief executive officers, for five seasons. He served as media commentator for CBS News from 1979 to 1983 and as political and media analyst for ABC News from 1983 to 1997, often appearing on the Nightline program. He served as a senior analyst at CNN from 1998 to 2007. On May 1, 2007, Greenfield returned to CBS News, where he served as a senior political correspondent until April 2011.[6] He hosted, May 7, 2010 to June 28, 2013, PBS's "Need to Know".[7][8] He does political commentary on NBC Nightly News.

He has also written or contributed to 11 books and has written for Time, The New York Times, National Lampoon, Slate, and POLITICO Magazine.[9] He wrote one novel, which is about the Electoral College.

Greenfield has received five Emmy Awards,[10] two for his reporting from South Africa (1985 and 1990) and one for a profile of H. Ross Perot (1992). Then Everything Changed was a finalist for the 2011 Sidewise Award for Alternate History, Long Form.

Personal life

Greenfield has been married three times.

Greenfield has seven grandchildren.[17][18]


External video
video icon Booknotes interview with Greenfield on Oh, Waiter! One Order of Crow, July 22, 2001, C-SPAN
video icon Presentation by Greenfield on Then Everything Changed, March 11, 2011, C-SPAN
video icon After Words interview with Greenfield on Then Everything Changed, April 9, 2011, C-SPAN
video icon Presentation by Greenfield on If Kennedy Lived, October 25, 2013, C-SPAN


  1. ^ Plummer, William (December 4, 1995). "Electoral College Humor". People. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  2. ^ CBS News
  3. ^ New York Times: "Paid Notice: Deaths GREENFIELD, HELEN E. October 17, 2001
  4. ^ a b c d e f "People - Jeff Greenfield". WNYC. Archived from the original on May 20, 2012. Retrieved March 22, 2021. Before joining CNN, Greenfield was a political and media analyst for ABC News (1983-97), appearing primarily on "Nightline" and delivering weekly commentaries for "World News" Sunday. Previously, he was the media commentator for CBS News (1979-83). Greenfield has also appeared on William F. Buckley's "Firing Line" and PBS' "We Interrupt This Week." He was the anchor of PBS' "CEOExchange," a limited-run series, for five seasons.
  5. ^ Newfield, Jack (1988). Robert Kennedy: A Memoir (reprint ed.). New York: Penguin Group. pp. 248–250. ISBN 0-452-26064-7.
  6. ^ Kurtz, Howard (March 30, 2007). "CNN Analyst Jeff Greenfield to Join CBS". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 9, 2008.
  7. ^ "Need To Know Renewed By PBS Through June 2013". Retrieved March 21, 2021.
  8. ^ "May 3, 2013: Retraining America". Need to Know. PBS. April 30, 2013. Retrieved March 21, 2021.
  9. ^ Greenfield, Jeff. "The Ugly History of Stephen Miller's 'Cosmopolitan' Epithet". POLITICO Magazine. Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  10. ^ "3 Reasons Not to Worry About Trump's Fourth of July—and 1 Big Reason to Worry". Politico. Retrieved July 3, 2019.
  11. ^ Finn, Robin (February 18, 2012). "Casey Greenfield v. the World". The New York Times. Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  12. ^ "Casey Greenfield, Matt Manfredi". The New York Times. November 21, 2004. Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  13. ^ New York Times: "Casey Greenfield, Matt Manfredi" November 21, 2004
  14. ^ "WEDDINGS; Jeff Greenfield and Karen Gannett". The New York Times. April 25, 1993.
  15. ^ LANE, TAHREE (November 2, 2013). "Jeff Greenfield to discuss book on what might have been had JFK lived". The Blade. Toledo, Ohio: The Blade. Archived from the original on March 22, 2021. Retrieved March 22, 2021. I was basing this on what they had done during the big controversy in 1962 when the steel companies raised their prices and President Kennedy felt they had broken their word to him. This was all about keeping down steel prices and damping down inflation, so the Kennedy administration and Robert Kennedy in particular used the power they had in a way that would have been highly, highly controversial had it become known. They were using tax returns of the steel executives and they were threatening anti-trust actions. So I extrapolated from that, if that's what they did to stop the steel price increases, I think they would have used every means fair and not so fair to keep the story from bringing him down.
  16. ^ Scott, Walter. "What has happened to CNN's Jeff Greenfield?". Dayton Daily News. No. November 3, 2002. Dayton, Ohio: p. 177. Retrieved March 22, 2021. In June, he wed Dena Sklar, a former associate director at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. And Greenfield tells us he's writing a novel, a satire of the media titled 'Jackpot', due out next year.
  17. ^ "Veteran political analyst Jeff Greenfield speaking to campus, alumni about turbulent events of 1968 (and today)". Marietta College. Retrieved March 22, 2021.
  18. ^ "Jeff Greenfield". Institute of Politics. University of Chicago. Retrieved March 22, 2021.