NBC News' Kelly O'Donnell Reflects on Lessons Learned During Her Award-Winning Career

If there ever was a trailblazer, it’s NBC News Correspondent Kelly O’Donnell, who today is the first woman to receive the Career Achievement Award for Distinguished Reporting on Congress from the Radio and Television Correspondents Association. Having spent 25 years at NBC News covering everything from Capitol Hill to the White House, along with high-profile races and high-stakes issues including immigration and gun rights, Kelly has claimed a front-row seat to history. Here, Kelly shares her story along with some practical advice to help navigate this fast-moving, reactive world.

What has led you to where you are today?

After graduating from Northwestern and a start in local news, I’ve spent more than 25 years at NBC News working in Los Angeles, New York, stints in Denver and London before reaching our Washington bureau.



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