Jennifer Donahue

  • Fall 2008

Jennifer Donahue is the Political Director of the New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College. Previously, Donahue spent 14 years as a political reporter, analyst and producer.  During the 2008 and 2004 New Hampshire Primary races, Donahue appeared frequently on ABC World News Tonight, Nightline, CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, MSNBC’s Hardball, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, MSNBC’s and NPR.
Donahue also moderates numerous panels for Saint Anselm College, many of which have been covered live on C-SPAN throughout the 2004 and 2008 Primary races.  Donahue also teaches “Pizza & Politics,” a popular seminar on political news and analysis at Saint Anselm College, and directs and teaches civic education at the NHIOP.

Donahue covered the 2000 presidential race, as a political reporter in New Hampshire, an on-air political analyst for MSNBC and a freelance reporter for Newsweek.  She was called a “rising star” among political analysts by Hardball’s Chris Matthews.  Throughout the 2000 election cycle, Donahue interviewed all the major presidential candidates and moderated live debates and town hall meetings with Gore, Bradley, Bauer and Keyes. Donahue covered the 1996 presidential race for CNN and the 1992 race for C-SPAN.

From 1995 to 1999, Donahue worked for CNN, based in their Washington, DC bureau,  as a producer, writer and interviewer for “Inside Politics.”  Donahue also filed regular radio reports for CNNRadio network. Between 1992 and 1995, Donahue was Press Secretary for Senator Hank Brown, who sat on the Foreign Relations, Budget and Judiciary Committees.  Before that, Donahue was an associate producer for C-SPAN.  At C-SPAN, Donahue was assigned to field produce the Clarence Thomas – Anita Hill Senate Judiciary Committee hearings.  

Donahue regularly provides live commentary for MSNBC’s Hardball, CNN’s Anderson Cooper360 and other national and local broadcast and print media.  Donahue has been quoted widely in the New York Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, USA Today, Boston Globe, and done numerous live interviews on National Public Radio.

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