Alumni Profile

Charles Reid, MPA 1982
Charles Reid
National Correspondent, CBS News
MPA, Class of 1982
Chip Reid is National Correspondent for CBS News based in Washington, DC where he reports on politics, foreign policy, news features, the environment, and whatever else catches his interest. From 2009 to 2011 Chip was CBS News Chief White House Correspondent, a post that gave him a front-row view of the Obama White House, and half-a-dozen one-on-one interviews with the President.
 
Prior to joining CBS, Chip spent a decade with NBC and MSNBC. During most of that time he was based in Washington where he covered all the major beats: White House, Congress, Defense, State, Justice, and the Supreme Court. Chip also frequently anchored political coverage on MSNBC, and covered the presidential campaigns of Bill Clinton in 1996 and Al Gore in 2000.
 
In the two years following 9/11 Chip spent much of his time reporting from the Middle East, including Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Cairo, Kuwait, Qatar, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Gaza. During the first phase of the Iraq war in 2003 he was embedded with a forward unit of the U.S. Marines as they traveled from Kuwait to Baghdad. 
 
Prior to his time at NBC, Chip was a news producer at ABC News and a reporter with two local TV stations in Washington.
 
In his first career, Chip practiced law, including 4 years as Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee staff of Joe Biden, and two years at a major Washington law firm. He also spent several months as General Counsel to Biden’s 1988 presidential campaign. It was after that campaign abruptly ended that Chip made a major career change to journalism.
 
Chip is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University where he has taught classes on the White House and the press.
 
Chip received his JD from Columbia Law School and his MPA from Princeton, where his concentration was International Relations. During the 4-year joint JD-MPA program Chip spent a summer studying at the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, and another summer working for a civil rights group at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. 
Chip received his BA from Vassar College, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. In 2011 he became the first male Vassar graduate to deliver the commencement address.