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Chuck Todd on Being Meet the Press Host: Hope to ‘Translate American Public’s Frustration’ to D.C.

Chuck Todd, political director for NBC News, explained on Monday what his role will be as the new moderator of Meet the Press.

Appearing on NBC’s Today, Todd said he begins as host on Sep. 7.

“I think the job for all of us,” he said, “particularly in political reporting is to demystify Washington for the American public but then also try to translate the American public’s frustration for out of touch Washington people.”

Todd also said “things are going well in the political journalism world” when the press is acting effectively as “the interpreter between America and Washington.”

Todd was named host of Meet the Press in August, immediately following the unceremonious ousting of David Gregory.

NBC News President Deborah Turness defended the host switch-up in a recent interview with the New York Times. “The show needs more edge,” she said.

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