Nov 2, 2021 - News

Screen time with Margaret Brennan

Photo illustration of a grid of smartphone screens, the center one showing an image of Margaret Brennan.

Photo illustration: Axios Visuals. Photo: Chris Usher/CBS News

In our second installment of Screen Time, our new series spotlighting the media habits of notable Washingtonians, we’re featuring Margaret Brennan.

The "Face the Nation" with Margaret Brennan moderator and new mom of two will celebrate her Sunday morning show’s 67th birthday next week. She is also CBS News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent.

Multi-tasking is the name of the game for the CBS journalist. She stays connected using two phones that often flip between baby apps to breaking world news articles. 

☀️ First tap of the day: “The alarm. And then I check email and Twitter and the baby camera all in the same movement.”

📰 Go-to news source: A little bit of everything. “I feed my baby while I’m reading the headlines,” she says of her morning routine.

📩 Zero-inbox?: Nope. She’s just like the rest of us — the normal ones, that is. 

  • “That’s kind of like a mythical thing for me,” she says of getting her unread emails down to zero.

📚 Reading list: “The Pain Gap: How Sexism and Racism in Healthcare Kill Women,” is one of the books she’s reading right now. She keeps a stack next to her bed.

🚴‍♀️ Exercise: She uses a Peloton (a pandemic purchase) to work out, and meets with her personal trainer over Zoom.

📲 To unplug: She usually marks off Sundays after the show to enjoy a good meal with her family and friends.


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