Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Former Biden advisor Simone Sanders to host MSNBC show

NEW YORK (AP) – MSNBC has hired Simone Sanders, a former aide to President Joe Biden and spokeswoman for Vice President Kamala Harris, to host the show on its television and streaming services.

Monday’s announcement continued a trend of political giants jumping on cable news, often at a faster pace. Sanders announced only last month that she was leaving her job as Harris’ chief spokesman.

Sanders, 32, will host a Washington-based weekend show on MSNBC, as well as an event on “Options from MSNBC,” a news and analysis destination on the Peacock streaming service.


MSNBC President Rashida Jones, who announced the recruitment, was not immediately made available for an interview.

Sanders of Omaha, Nebraska was the press secretary for the 2016 presidential campaign of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. He worked as a commentator for CNN after that campaign before signing on as a senior advisor to Biden’s campaign in 2020. A former fellow of Harvard University’s Institute of Politics, he wrote the book “No, You Shut Up: Speaking Truth to Power and Reclaiming.” America in 2020.”

He will have a lot of company among former political professionals working in cable TV. Nicole Wallace, a former spokeswoman for George W. Bush, and former Congressman Joe Scarborough are major stars of MSNBC, and David Axelrod, a former top aide to Barack Obama, works at CNN.

After Donald Trump left the presidency last year, Fox News quickly fired commentator and colleague Larry Kudlow, a longtime CNBC host, of his ex-press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, to do a show on the Fox Business Network. Trump’s first press secretary, Sean Spicer, hosts a show on Newsmax.

Sanders, who is black, is also part of NBC News chief Cesar Condé’s announced effort to promote diversity in the news division. Joy Reid, Jose Diaz-Balart, Alicia Menendez, Joshua Johnson, Mehdi Hassan, Ayman Mohieldine and Jonathan Capehart have all started playing a host of roles at MSNBC as Conde announces new diversity goals in mid-2020.

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