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Jeff Greenfield

Jeff Greenfield, a veteran political, media and culture reporter and analyst, has spent more than thirty years on network television. He currently hosts PBS' "Need To Know." From 2007-11, he served as CBS Senior Political Correspondent.

Prior to his return to CBS News, 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 nights, as well as presidential funerals and Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Greenfield also has reported on the media,culture and trends for the cable network.

Jeff Greenfield, a veteran political, media and culture reporter and analyst, has spent more than thirty years on network television. He currently hosts PBS' "Need To Know." From 2007-11, he served as CBS Senior Political Correspondent.

Prior to his return to CBS News, 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 nights, as well as presidential funerals and Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Greenfield also has reported on the media,culture and trends for the cable network.

Though the five-time Emmy winner’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 the Washington 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 (1983-97), 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 has 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.

Greenfield, a native of New York City, graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin, where he was editor-in-chief of The Daily Cardinal. He is an honors graduate of the Yale Law School, where he was a Note and Comment Editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Following law school, Greenfield worked as a speechwriter in the Senate office and in the 1968 Presidential campaign of Robert F. Kennedy. He then worked as chief speechwriter for New York Mayor John Lindsay.

Greenfield spent seven years with famed political consultant David Garth, and wrote books and magazine articles as well.

His work has appeared in many publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Harper's and National Lampoon. Greenfield is the author or co-author of 12 books. His first novel, "The People's Choice" (1995), was a national bestseller and was named by The New York Times Book Review as one of the notable books of the year.  "Oh,Waiter, One Order of Crow" (2001), is an insider's account of the contested 2000 presidential election.  His most recent book “Then Everything Changed; Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics” was published in March, 2011 (Putnam), and was published in paperback in February, 2012 (Berkley).

Jeff Greenfield appears in the following:

If Kennedy Lived

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

As the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination nears, Jeff Greenfield, longtime news analyst and correspondent, talks current politics and offers another "alternate history" of the Cold War in his new novel If Kennedy Lived: The First and Second Terms of President John F. Kennedy: An Alternate History (Putnam, 2013).

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Money Talking: Will the Fiscal Cliff Deal Spur Companies to Spend and Hire?

Friday, January 04, 2013

For years, we've heard that the markets hate uncertainty. Well, this week, we got some certainty. On Money Talking, Rana Foroohar and Joe Nocera weigh on whether the fiscal cliff deal will spur companies to start spending money and hiring.

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Money Talking: Trends in Philanthropic Giving

Friday, December 28, 2012

Philanthropic giving tends to peak in December as big and small donors alike squeeze their donations in before the end-of-year tax deadline. 

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Money Talking: Socially Responsible Investing After Newtown

Friday, December 21, 2012

A week after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, the mass shooting continues to have a ripple effect in the conversation around guns, even in the financial community. 

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Money Talking: Top Business Stories of 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012

Ever since the presidential election, the business press has been consumed with the negotiations in Washington to avoid the December 31st fiscal cliff. 

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Money Talking: Why Big Banks Are Downsizing

Friday, December 07, 2012

The nation's biggest banks are facing job losses, falling revenue, big spending cuts, not to mention core questions about their very size and scope.

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Money Talking: Future of Economic Growth After the Fiscal Cliff

Friday, November 30, 2012

The question gets more urgent by the day: Can President Obama and Congress cut a deal in the next month to prevent the automatic government spending cuts and tax hikes known as the fiscal cliff?

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Fiction or Non-Fiction? A Veteran Journalist Explains Why He Ventured into Fiction

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Yesterday's segment about new curriculum guidelines that would replace some beloved novels with non-fiction reading in K-12 classrooms sparked a lot of responses listener responses about the virtues of fiction and non-fiction. What's more important for a high school education: fiction reading or non-fiction reading?

Today, a veteran journalist who ventured into fiction after a storied career in the world of non-fiction weighs in. Jeff Greenfield is the author of "Then Everything Changed."

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Money Talking: Do Americans Care If It's Made in the USA?

Friday, November 23, 2012

Grey is the new black when it comes to post-Turkey shopping. In a growing phenomenon known as "Grey Thursday," more of the largest U.S. retailers are opening on Thanksgiving Day, offering consumers deals a day earlier than Black Friday.

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Money Talking: After Sandy, Who Decides How Federal Aid Is Spent?

Friday, November 16, 2012

Sandy left behind not only countless disrupted lives, but a cost in dollars that’s hard to quantify and is still being counted.

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Money Talking: Will Obama and Congress Avoid the Fiscal Cliff?

Friday, November 09, 2012

With President Barack Obama reelected to a second term and Congress set to reconvene after Veterans Day, all eyes in Washington are set on the January 1 fiscal cliff when billions in spending cuts and tax increases will go into effect.

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Breaking Down the Election

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Jeff Greenfield, co-host of PBS's "Need to Know" and columnist for Yahoo! News, talks about last night's results.

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Money Talking: Consumers and Corporations Hold Clashing Views of Economy

Friday, October 26, 2012

When it comes to the economy, corporations see the glass as half-empty, while consumers see it as half-full.

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Money Talking: What Pandit's Exit at Citigroup Says About the Future of Banks

Friday, October 19, 2012

The sudden departure of Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit has sparked a conversation about where the bank is headed under new leadership and what it says about the so-called "too big to fail" banking behemoths.

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Money Talking: Wall Street CEOs and the Fiscal Cliff

Friday, October 12, 2012

As the November election approaches, lawmakers are spending more time campaigning and less time working to avoid the "fiscal cliff," the trigger set to send Americans' taxes higher and slash federal spending by more than a trillion dollars at midnight on December 31. WNYC's Money Talking, examines whether Wall Street executives still have the clout to spur Congress into making a deal.

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Money Talking: As New Supreme Court Term Starts, a Look at Business-Related Case

Friday, September 28, 2012

The Supreme Court begins a new term Monday with a docket full of cases pertinent to the business community. This week, WNYC's Money Talking examines the business implications of the cases, as well as how the court's 5-4 conservative-liberal split will play out.

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Money Talking: What Does High-Frequency Trading Mean For Your Average Investor?

Friday, September 21, 2012

In Olympic track and field, a tenth of a second can mean the difference between the gold and the silver. But on Wall Street, mere milliseconds separate the winners from the losers. WNYC’s Money Talking explains “high-frequency trading” and what it means for average investors and the market.

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Money Talking: Is the Stock Market Another Bubble in the Making?

Friday, September 14, 2012

The Lehman Brothers bankruptcy four years ago marked the start of a financial crisis that left millions jobless, smashed nest eggs and sent the stock market into a downward spiral. These days — at least on Wall Street — it’s as if the recession never happened. WNYC’s Money Talking discusses whether the stock market is entering another bubble.

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Convention Wrap-Up and Jobs Numbers

Friday, September 07, 2012

Jeff Greenfield, co-host of PBS's "Need to Know", Yahoo! News  columnist, and Heidi Moore, New York bureau chief and Wall Street correspondent for Marketplace, discuss the conventions and this morning's jobs numbers.

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Political Moneyball on the Campaign Trail

Sunday, August 19, 2012

One of the most famous aphorisms about the campaign world comes from the late Jess "Big Daddy" Unruh, the legendary Speaker of the California Assembly and longtime chief of the state's Democratic Party: "Money is the mother's milk of politics."
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