Below is a note to staff from MSNBC President Phil Griffin:
I’m writing to share two announcements for MSNBC’s dayside leadership team as we push ahead with our successful focus on in-depth coverage and breaking news.
Jamie Kraft will join MSNBC as Senior Executive Producer of Dayside Programming, reporting to Janelle Rodriguez. Jamie, of course, comes to us after four remarkable years as EP of Nightly News weekend editions. In his new role, he will direct our on-air weekday programming and oversee the dayside executive producers. Jamie will partner with Rashida Jones, who, as Managing Editor, adeptly drives day-to-day newsgathering and editorial plans. In addition, Rashida will now oversee MSNBC’s unilateral reporters and field producers. Under Janelle’s leadership, Jamie and Rashida will expand on the exponential ratings growth in dayside.
We have rapidly made huge strides thanks in part to the work of Pat Burkey who, along with Izzy Povich, spent the last nine months training a small army of breaking news producers, driving dynamic political coverage, and fueling triple-digit ratings growth.
Pat will build on this success in a pivotal new role on MSNBC’s executive team leading Breaking News and Special Event Programming, reporting to me. Since returning to MSNBC from Nightly News in September, Pat led countless hours of major breaking news coverage outside the 9am-5pm window -- including Pope Francis’ visit to America, the terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels, and primetime primary nights. He will now focus his talents in this realm full time and continue to work closely with Brian Williams as we look ahead to conventions, debates, election night, and beyond.
It’s remarkable to reflect on how far our entire network has come in the last year. The momentum is with us, and I’m excited to see what’s ahead as we go forward together.