Ed O’Keefe is a CBS News political correspondent based in Washington, D.C., covering the 2020 presidential campaign for all CBS News broadcasts and platforms.
Over the course of the campaign, he interviewed several Democratic contenders, including Steve Bullock, Pete Buttigieg, Julian Castro, Kirsten Gillibrand, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders and Republican William Weld.
Since joining CBS News in April 2018, O’Keefe has contributed to coverage of the 2018 midterm elections, the contentious confirmation hearing for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, the funerals of former president George H.W. Bush, former Arizona Senator John McCain and former Georgia Rep. John Lewis, the record-long federal government shutdown and the blackface scandal and sexual misconduct allegations that rocked Virginia state government in early 2019.
Before joining CBS News, O’Keefe spent nearly 13 years at The Washington Post covering congressional and presidential elections, Capitol Hill and federal agencies. He first joined CBS News as a contributor in 2017.
During the 2008 campaign, , O’Keefe covered or contributed reporting on the presidential campaigns of Jeb Bush, Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio and Donald Trump, as well as dozens of key House and Senate races. On Capitol Hill, he reported extensively on debates over gun control, immigration policy, health-care reform and federal spending; the “fiscal cliff” showdown of late 2012; two government shutdowns; the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch; and dozens of contentious congressional hearings, including former FBI Director James Comey’s dramatic testimony last year.
O’Keefe’s coverage also included reporting on federal agencies and a range of policy issues, from the repeal of the Pentagon’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy, to the decline of the U.S. Postal Service and cases of questionable government spending. He also briefly covered the war in Iraq.
O’Keefe is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. He is a graduate of American University and was born and raised in Delmar, N.Y.