A Day In The Life Of Norah O’Donnell

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By Alex Weprin

“CBS This Morning” co-anchor Norah O’Donnell is profiled by the New York Post. Suffice it to say, hosting a morning show means that she has a very long and busy day. Yet the first place she checks for news when she wakes up is… Twitter?

Not surprisingly, O’Donnell is an early riser. Up by 3 a.m., she spends her first hours online, scanning Twitter to catch up on the latest news that broke overnight. She arrives at the office no later than 4:30 a.m. for hair and makeup, tapes the show’s intro and speaks with affiliates around the country starting at 6 a.m. until the show goes live at 7. After the show goes off the air at 9 a.m., she spends the next 45 minutes or so conducting affiliate interviews and report updates for Midwest and West Coast viewers. She spends the rest of the day formulating story ideas, conducting interviews and filming packages until she heads home in the afternoon. She tries to keep afternoons relatively free to be with her kids when they get out of school. “And by 5, I’m ready to have a glass of wine!” she laughs.