America’s Press Conference of the Air

The NBC network public affairs program MEET THE PRESS known as “America’s Press Conference of the Air” began on November 6, 1947 and is the longest running network television program.


Originating from NBC’s Washington, DC studios, the weekly hour-long program aired on Sundays (since 1965) features a panel of reporters who interview leading U.S and World public figures and discuss issues on politics, economics, foreign policy and other public affairs.

The Peabody Award winning program was created for radio in 1945 by Martha Rountree and Lawrence Spivak as a promotional advertisement for American Mercury magazine.

The program originally aired as a 30-minute press conference with a single guest and a panel of questioners.

Here is a list of the moderators who have hosted MEET THE PRESS over the years.

  • Martha Rountree (1947–1953)
  • Ned Brooks (1953–1965)
  • Lawrence E. Spivak (1966–1975)
  • Bill Monroe (1975–1984)
  • Roger Mudd and Marvin Kalb (1984–1985)
  • Marvin Kalb (1985–1987)
  • Chris Wallace (1987–1988)
  • Garrick Utley (1989–1991)
  • Tim Russert (1991–2008)
  • Tom Brokaw (2008)
  • David Gregory (2008–2014)
  • Chuck Todd (2014–present)

Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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