• MSNBC Snapchat Followers Win Tickets to Global Citizen Festival in the First MSNBC Snap Challenge



    On Monday, MSNBC’s Snapchat followers had the opportunity to win free tickets to see Beyoncé, Pearl Jam, Ed Sheeran and Coldplay at next month’s Global Citizen Festival. Followers received clues via SHIFTMSNBC’s Snapchat story, which sent the participants to a range of locations around Manhattan to complete various tasks.

    Participants were challenged to sing a song by their favorite headliner on Central Park’s Great Lawn, pick up trash and take a selfie in front of the New York Public Library. Once all challenges were completed, SHIFTMSNBC posted a final snap, directing its followers to meet at the NBC Experience Store in Rockefeller Plaza to claim their prizes.


    The first participants to the finish line, brothers Dave and Neil Sardann, won two tickets to the festival. Other prizes included a canvas bag, Global Citizen points, and more.

    Missed out on yesterday’s Snapchat challenge? Don’t worry! Sign up on globalcitizen.org for the chance to earn tickets, and follow SHIFTMSNBC on Snapchat.


  • MSNBC's Trymaine Lee Honored by the National Association of Black Journalists


    Trymaine Lee reporting from St. Louis, MO on "MSNBC Live" on August 10, 2015

    Trymaine Lee, Pulitzer Prize winner and MSNBC National Reporter, was recently honored with a Salute to Excellence Award at the National Association for Black Journalist's annual convention in Minneapolis for his coverage of last year's protests in Ferguson, MO. MSNBC picked up two additional awards, dominating the Digital Media categories.

    In a recent interview with POLITICO New York, Lee said that covering the Ferguson protests reminded him of "just how badly so many institutions have failed so many people, particularly African Americans." When asked how his experience in Ferguson changed him as a journalist, Lee emphasized that it "has reminded him to remain watchful and vigilant" in terms of telling the stories of those most impacted by government abuses.

    Lee's career in journalism was largely influenced by his work in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. "Witnessing the strength and resilience of those forced from their homes and their city, and seeing what essentially was the collapse of government and order there, still sits with me," Lee said. "I emerged a stronger journalist." Lee's coverage of Hurricane Katrina earned him a Pulitzer Prize.

    Lee has spent much of his career reporting on police and crime issues, as well as hundreds of other violent deaths of young African Americans. He acknowledges that this is "often difficult," but adds that "being in a position to tell these stories with an honest lens has been truly empowering."

    Lee continues to tell the stories of impoverished communities in his new series "The Geography of Poverty" for MSNBC. In collaboration with photographer Matt Black, Lee travels across the country to document the struggles and triumphs of more than 70 poverty-stricken communities.

    Watch Lee's award-winning segment here: 





     Read Lee's full interview with POLITICO New York here.

  • 10 Seasons in, Your Business Host JJ Ramberg Thanks her Many Mentors Along the Way

    In light of the 10th season of Your Business (Sundays, 7:30 a.m. ET) on MSNBC this month, host JJ Ramberg reflects on the mentors throughout her career as part of LinkedIn’s #ThankYourMentor series.

    Ramberg acknowledges that most of her mentorships developed informally over the years, as opposed to the idea of “one wise, older person” as a lifelong mentor.  She explains how these informal mentors were the people who were “generous with their time” and advice at various places throughout her career, including former NBC Nightly News senior producer Cheryl Gould. Ramberg credits Gould with coaching her through her launch of Your Business. She also mentions how Dateline producers Lisa Hsia and Polly Powell taught her about storytelling. Even her brother became a mentor for Ramberg during their business partnership for Goodshop.com, a coupon and promo code site.  Her story presents the endless possibilities for mentorship throughout a career, while highlighting the lasting benefits of teamwork and positive career relationships. 

    To check out the entire piece, please visit:




  • MSNBC Host Jose Díaz-Balart Honored by NAHJ


    On Monday, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) announced that it will honor MSNBC host and Telemundo anchor, José Díaz-Balart, with the NAHJ Presidential Award of Visibility for his commitment to journalism and accurate reporting of Latino issues in the media. The award will be presented on Saturday, September 19th in Orlando at the “Hall of Fame & Honors” luncheon.


    In his 30 years as a journalist, Díaz-Balart has received numerous awards, including three Emmy Awards, the George Foster Peabody Award, Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award, and the Broadcasting & Cable/Multichannel News 2012 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Hispanic Television. Díaz-Balart made history in 1996 when he was named anchor of CBS News’ “This Morning,” becoming the first Cuban-American to anchor a network news broadcast. He was also the only journalist to serve as news anchor on two national television networks in Spanish and English on the same day for an entire season.


    Díaz-Balart hosts “The Rundown with José Díaz-Balart” on MSNBC and anchors two shows, “Noticiero Telemundo” and “Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart,” on Telemundo.


    Below is the link to the NAHJ’s announcement.


  • "All In America: Water Wars" with Chris Hayes


    This past week, Chris Hayes examined the dire effects and possible solutions for the worst drought in California's history in "All In America: Water Wars." Hayes spoke with politicians, farmers, environmentalists, and others hoping to shed light on the consequences of this unparalleled natural disaster, and the changes that need to be made to address it.

    California's Epic Drought
    On Monday's edition of "All In America: Water Wars," Hayes emphasized the scope of this drought. In eating the state's cantaloupes, almonds, avocados, and more, the average American is consuming more than 300 gallons of the state's water each week. Not only does this drought greatly affect Californians, but also fruit and veggie lovers from coast to coast.

    Farming Through a Drought
    Tuesday's "Water Wars" featured an interview with Joe del Bosque, a cantaloupe and almond farmer in California's Central Valley. Del Bosque told Hayes that 40% of his fields are unplanted, which comes with serious economic consequences for him, as well as the many workers he employs.

    .Historic Fire Season
    The series continued last night when Hayes outlined the consequences the drought will have for the current wildfire season. Hayes spoke with the Chief of Air Operations at San Diego's Fire Rescue Department, Chris Heiser, about how the drought has changed the way they do their jobs.

    Coverage of California's "Water Wars" continues this week on All In with Chris Hayes. Be sure to tune in weeknights at 8pm ET on msnbc, or visit msnbc.com to learn more.

  • Trymaine Lee series, “Geography of Poverty”


    This summer, Pulitzer Prize winning reporter Trymaine Lee and photographer Matt Black embark on a cross-country road trip to document the struggles of more than 70 American cities and towns. In these locations, more than 20% of residents fall below the poverty line. The contrast between the American dream and the daily reality for these people caused Black and Lee to question the power of optimism to overcome reality- a question explored across various platforms in the series. In Chapter One, “Dark Valley: Life in the Shadows,” Lee interviews local residents about their dangerous lives on the U.S.-Mexico border. He explains how many immigrants who endure the “deadly journey” are rewarded with “perilous lives.” Chapter Two, entitled “Cancer Alley: Big Industry, Big Problems” will describe life along the Mississippi River between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. As Lee and Black travel from coast to coast for the series they will attempt, as Black said, to “put these forgotten towns on the map.”


    For more information on the series please visit: http://www.msnbc.com/interactives/geography-of-poverty/index.html


  • MSNBC Celebrates #GivingTuesday


    Today MSNBC is celebrating #GivingTuesday, a day devoted to giving back to our communities and loved ones and spreading the notion of generosity globally. MSNBC hosts are giving back in their own ways. Lawrence O’Donnell kicked off the day with an update on the K.I.N.D. Fund (Kids In Need of Desks), Al Sharpton is giving support to equality causes for all people. Thomas Roberts highlights homeless LGBTQ teens and the efforts of the Ali Forney Center. Andrea Mitchell supports the America’s Promise Alliance to brighten the future of America’s youth. Abby Huntsman gives support to those fighting cancer with the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Krystal Ball supports girls around the world by advocating for FAIR GIRLS organization. We encourage you to join us! Check out the website to find out how to get involved in these causes. What are you giving this #GivingTuesday?



  • MSNBC broadcasts third annual "Global Citizens Festival"



    On Saturday, MSNBC broadcasted and sponsored the Global Poverty Project’s third annual “Global Citizens Festival” in New York City. The Global Poverty Project, co-founded by Hugh Evans, aims to end extreme global poverty by 2030. Alex Wagner and Chris Hayes anchored MSNBC’s coverage from Central Park, with Ronan Farrow doing live interviews backstage and around the festival. Over 60,000 people gathered on the Great Lawn, all earning their tickets by accruing points for engaging in various activities aimed at defeating global poverty. The concert brought together music headliners including, Jay Z, Beyoncé, No Doubt, Sting, fun., Carrie Underwood, Alicia Keyes, and The Roots with celebrity hosts and presenters including Hugh Jackman, Olivia Wilde, Jessica Alba, and Ryan Reynolds. Influential world leaders were also present, pledging their support to end extreme poverty. Prime Minister Narenda Modi of India announced his pledge to provide toilets to all the citizens of India by 2019 and Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway pledged $1.2 billion to provide vaccinations to poor countries over the next six years. Other messages came from Samantha Power, the American Ambassador to the UN, Jim Yong Kim, The President of the World Bank and, by video, President Barack Obama who said, “You are now part of the global fight to end extreme poverty, and this is a fight we can win”.  Altogether, the Global Citizen Festival affected the lives of 259 million people living in extreme poverty. 

  • Alex Wagner series, "Invisible Us"

    This week, Alex Wagner, host of “NOW with Alex Wagner,” is continuing her coverage on the US immigrant community in a four part series titled “The Invisible Us.” Wagner’s reporting goes beyond the Beltway, taking a closer look at the lives of the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in America. The series focuses on the living conditions of undocumented immigrants and the daily obstacles they face as well as the increased number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border. For this series, Alex Wagner traveled to the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.  Last year, she traveled to the Arizona border town of Nogales.

    For more information on the show please visit http://www.msnbc.com/now-with-alex-wagner


    NOW with Alex Wagner airs weekdays at 4pm ET.

  • Chris Hayes series, "All In America"

    This summer Chris Hayes is traveling the country with the “All In” editorial team to uncover local stories that represent broader political issues. The series, titled “All In America,” debuted in May with original reporting on the political issues in America’s heartland and the use of smart guns across the country. The series continues this week as Chris Hayes and his team visit Chicago, Georgia, North Carolina and New York City to examine race and discrimination for ‘All In America-Behind the Color Line.’

    For more information and clips from the series please visit http://www.msnbc.com/all-in-america


    “All In with Chris Hayes” airs weekdays at 8pm ET.

  • Lawrence O'Donnell Returns to "The Last Word"

    At long last, Lawrence O’Donnell returned to “The Last Word” after a two month absence due to a car accident. Last night, he opened his show with a powerful monologue that included a reflection on his role as an anchorman, details of the accident, and stories of the doctors and nurses that helped him in his recovery. He also extended his appreciation to the MSNBC family for all their help getting him the best medical care.  


    To watch visit: http://on.msnbc.com/1wq17Z8

  • Rev. Al Sharpton's One on One with Aretha Franklin


    On Thursday's “PoliticsNation”, Rev. Al Sharpton was joined by legendary soul artist, Aretha Franklin. During the wide-ranging interview, the two discussed her strong relationship with Dr. King, her thoughts on Obama's presidency thus far, and her new album. 


  • MSNBC hosts annual White House Correspondent Dinner after party!

    After the White House Correspondents' Dinner in Washington D.C. Saturday night, MSNBC talent and celebs headed to the National Building Museum for our annual after party! Check out some great pics from the party below!

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    Aishia Shaw, Rev. Al Sharpton, Richard Sherman, MSNBC President, Phil Griffin and party guests

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    MSNBC President Phil Griffin, Fred Armisen, David Corn

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    Rose McGowan

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    Richard Sherman, David Gergory

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    Touré, Krystal Ball, Thomas Roberts


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    NBC's Carson Daley, MSNBC President Phil Griffin

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    Matthew Morrison, Emile Hirsch and John Leguizamo

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    Matthew Morrison, Katharine McPhee and JC Chasez

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    Jimmy Eat World performing at MSNBC's After Party

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    National Building Museum

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