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8 Jan 2012

Professor Melissa Harris-Perry gets MSNBC Weekend anchor post

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January 8, 2012 Category: Entertainment Posted by:


If you watch MSNBC, especially during its prime time programming, you’ve probably seen Professor Melissa Harris-Perry either doing commentary or subbing for Lawrence O’Donnell and Rachel Maddow in particular.


Well, Harris-Perry’s broadcast chops have gotten so good, the powers that be have decided to give her a starring role in the network’s weekend line up.



It was announced on Wednesday that the professor will anchor MSNBC’s newscasts every Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM to 12 Noon (Eastern) starting February 4.


Here’s what Phil Griffin, MSNBC’s president, had to say about Harris-Perry:


“Melissa Harris-Perry’s thoughtful analysis has been an incredible addition to our primetime programs and I’m thrilled to have her join our expanded weekend line-up,” MSNBC President Phil Griffin said in a news release.


“Alex Witt has led our weekend programming for many years and will continue to be our chief weekend anchor, kicking-off and wrapping up our live coverage each day. Weekend mornings are a time when our audience wants intelligent political conversation, as the success of Chris Hayes has shown, in addition to coverage of all the headlines. As the political year gets underway, there’s no better time to build up our weekend coverage, which Alex has helmed so well for years.”


And of course, Harris-Perry couldn’t be more thrilled


“This is an extraordinary opportunity. All I’ve ever wanted to be is a teacher. Phil Griffin and MSNBC are giving me the chance to have a much bigger classroom. I’m particularly excited to join the growing weekend lineup where we have a chance to take a longer and broader view of the week’s political news.”


In addition to her role at MSNBC, Melissa Harris-Perry is also columnist for The Nation magazine, and will continue to write her monthly column, titled Sister Citizen, according to Journal-isms.


Harris-Perry is also a Professor of Political Science at Tulane University, where she will continue to teach, and is the Founding Director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South.

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