Marvin Kalb

  • Distinguished TV Journalist
  • Founding Director, Shorenstein Center at Harvard

An esteemed television journalist for over 30 years, Marvin Kalb has worked for CBS, NBC, and hosted Meet the Press. The Founding Director of the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard, Mr. Kalb discerningly scrutinizes media ethics and today’s political issues.


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Marvin Kalb is a nonresident senior fellow with the Foreign Policy program at Brookings, and senior advisor at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. He focuses on the impact of media on public policy and politics. He is also an expert in national security, with a focus on U.S. relations with Russia, Europe, and the Middle East. His newest book, Enemy of the People was published in September 2018. Other books include The Year I Was Peter the Great: 1956—Khruschev, Stalin's Ghost, and a Young American in Russia (Brookings Institution Press, 2017), Imperial Gamble: Putin, Ukraine and the New Cold War (Brookings Institution Press, 2015),  The Road to War: Presidential Commitments Honored and Betrayed (Brookings Institution Press, 2013), wherein he looks at how presidential commitments can lead to the use of American military force, and Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama (Brookings Institution Press, 2011), co-written with Deborah Kalb, which examines the Vietnam War’s extraordinary impact on presidential decision making over the past four decades.

Kalb’s distinguished journalism career spans more than 30 years and includes award-winning reporting for both CBS and NBC News as chief diplomatic correspondent, Moscow bureau chief, and anchor of NBC’s "Meet the Press." Kalb went on to become founding director of Harvard University’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. Kalb is the Murrow professor emeritus at Harvard and hosts The Kalb Report at the National Press Club.