Norah O’Donnell

How has the news industry changed since you first started? 

When I started reporting fifteen years ago, I wore boxy suits and shirts with a high collar. Now many female reporters and anchors wear sleeveless dresses on the air – which was taboo just a decade ago.

Your TV go-tos…

Homeland and Game of Thrones. I have three young kids so don’t have much time to watch much other than the news!

Any pre-shoot routines with your co-anchors? What are they? 

Sometimes we turn up the tunes and have a dance party at 630am. Seriously.

Best food item sent to the set ever…

I once teased Anderson Cooper that he should bring breakfast and he showed up with bagels for everyone. It was such a surprise and so charming.

What are your vices?

Bread and butter.

What are five things you’re loving right now?

Long runs in Central Park, my kids learning to read, quiet dinners with my husband, Verdura jewelry, and the excitement five seconds right before our show hits the airwaves.

What are your favorite cities for food? Where do go in each?

I’ve only begun to sample everything that New York has to offer (since we’ve lived her for only a year) but some of my favorites include Marea, Telepan, Porter House, Il Gattopardo, and Harlow. When we’re in Washington, DC, we love Chef Geoff’s!

If you could host a dinner party with any five people living or dead, who would be there? What would you cook (or order in)?

I’d invite the Pope, Justin Timberlake, Hillary Clinton, Jenna Lyons, and Mary Barra. I’d ask Cesare LaFranconi of my husband’s Italian restaurant, Lia’s, to prepare the meal. To start, we’d have Burrata with focaccia and lemon-truffle arugula. For the main course, Branzino Balsamico, with sautéed spinach, pine nuts, and raisins.

*Norah O’Donnell, photographed at RedFarm by Danielle Kosann