Marvin Kalb

Nonresident Senior Fellow – Foreign Policy

Marvin Kalb is a nonresident senior fellow with the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. 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 latest book is, “Assignment Russia: Becoming a Foreign Correspondent in the Crucible of the Cold War,” (Brookings Institution Press, 2021). Other books include “Enemy of the People” (Brookings Institution Press, 2018); “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.

In 2020, Kalb was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Silurians Press Club. 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.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • News media's effect on public policy and politics
    • National security
    • U.S. relations with Russia, Europe and the Middle East
    • Vietnam War
  • Current Positions

    • Edward R. Murrow Professor of Practice (Emeritus), Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Past Positions

    • Senior Adviser, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
    • Reporter and Commentator, CBS News
    • Reporter and Commentator, NBC News
    • Chief Diplomatic Correspondent, CBS and NBC News
    • Moscow Bureau Chief, CBS News
    • Host, Meet the Press, NBC News
    • Founding Director, Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Education

    • B.A., City College of New York
    • M.A., Harvard University
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