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Title: Norah O’Donnell and Geoff Tracy’s Love Story at Georgetown

Title: Norah O’Donnell and Geoff Tracy’s Love Story at Georgetown

CBS Evening News Anchor Norah O’Donnell (C’95, G’03) met her future husband in the cafeteria line at New South her first week of school.

“That was it right away,” said Tracy, president of Chef Geoff’s Deluxe Hospitality in Washington, DC. “In retrospect, it’s a little unbelievable I met the person I’ve been married to my entire life.”

On the Hilltop, O’Donnell and Tracy studied together on the top floor of Lauinger Library, got coffee at Wisemiller’s, and, six years after graduating, married at Dahlgren Chapel.

O’Donnell went on to receive her Master of Arts in liberal studies from Georgetown and start her Emmy-Award-winning career in journalism, covering presidential elections for NBC News and CBS News. She now serves as the anchor and managing editor of CBS Evening News and a correspondent for 60 Minutes . Tracy, who found managing The Corp’s Vital Vittles in undergrad a core career learning experience, graduated first in his class from the Culinary Institute of America and opened two restaurants before he turned 30. He now oversees four restaurants in Washington, DC, and Maryland, and provides food services for Georgetown’s Jesuit residence.

Their Hoya experience, O’Donnell and Tracy say, shaped the rest of their lives, from their career trajectory to their marriage.

“It was meant to be to meet each other there,” O’Donnell said. “Part of the reason we both chose Georgetown was for its academics and its values. We still have strong ties to the university and decided to live in Washington, DC, as a result. For us, it was incredibly formative.”

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, learn more about their meet-cute in the cafeteria line, the career opportunities they discovered on the Hilltop and the secret to their 21-year marriage. This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Q: How did you first meet?

Norah : Geoff and I met in 1991 in the cafeteria line at New South cafeteria. It was the first week of school. My roommate had gone to Taft boarding school and was wearing a Taft T-shirt, and Geoff and his roommate had gone to Choate [boarding school]. So that was the opening to have a conversation.

Geoff : We used the sweatshirt to make the opening conversation. You have to have some sort of in, otherwise you’re just a random https://kissbrides.com/fi/blogi/jamaikalaiset-treffisivustot-ja-sovellukset/ . Norah grew up in Texas, and she had a whole different look about her than the people I had gone to boarding school with in New England. I was like, ‘We have to go talk to them.’ So we found the courage and went over and said hi. … In retrospect, it’s a little unbelievable that I met the person I’ve been married to my entire life.

Norah : We always say we have known each other and been together for more than half of our lives. I’m 49, and Geoff recently turned 50.

Q: When was your first date? When did your relationship become official?

Geoff : It didn’t become official until we got married and she officially said I do . A young relationship like that can go in a lot of different directions. But Norah was someone I wanted to hold onto. Oct. 4, 1991, was sort of our first anniversary.

Norah : Oct. 4, we went to the Dubliner [a bar in Washington, DC] with our group of friends. There was a creepy old guy who was hitting on me. We cooked up a scenario where Geoff would propose to me to get the creepy old guy away from me.

Geoff : I went over to the guys and said, ‘I’m so nervous, I gotta ask her to marry me!’ It was announced over the loudspeaker [at the bar]. They were like, ‘We have an engagement here tonight!’

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