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Hampton University Alumnus, Rashida Jones Named MSNBC's President, Becoming First Black Leader of A Major News Network

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Rashida Jones is a senior vice president at MSNBC and will replace Phil Griffin as the president of MSNBC in 2021.

Jones attended Hampton University, majoring in broadcast journalism. In 2002, while a senior in college, she worked as a morning show producer at WTKR in Norfolk, Virginia. After several years there, she moved to The Weather Channel as a weekend producer, and became director of live programming in 2009.

Jones later worked at WIS-TV in Columbia, South Carolina, as news director, then moved to New York City as an executive producer for daytime shows at MSNBC. Later roles included managing editor at MSNBC and senior vice president of specials for NBC News and MSNBC, in which she manages dayside and weekend news programming on MSNBC, as well as leading coverage of breaking news and major events across NBC News and MSNBC. Jones is known for expanding the town-hall concept to a wider audience, notably with the criminal justice special filmed at Sing Sing correctional facility.

Jones is a member of the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications Hall of Fame.

In 2021, Jones will become the first African American woman to run a major cable news network.


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