MSNBC Taps Joy Reid for New Evening Program
By Micah Maidenberg
Longtime political analyst Joy Reid will anchor an evening news
and opinion show on MSNBC, taking over the slot that once featured
Ms. Reid's new show, called "The ReidOut," will air weeknights
at 7 p.m. and premiere July 20. Based in Washington, it will
feature politicians and newsmakers and explore "provocative
political issues both inside and outside of the beltway," MSNBC
said Thursday. The Wall Street Journal reported last month that the
network was expected to tap her for the 7 p.m. position.
Since 2016, Ms. Reid has hosted MSNBC's "AM Joy" program and
regularly filled in as anchor on other programs on the network. In
her new role, she will serve as the lead-in for the network's
left-leaning prime-time hosts, including Rachel Maddow.
Ms. Reid said in a statement she was eager to build on her
experience at "AM Joy" and bring "in diverse, smart, and
accomplished voices to the table on topics that are important to
The time slot opened up after Mr. Matthews, the anchor of
"Hardball," resigned in March amid accusations that he had a
history of inappropriate comments toward female guests and over
criticism of his coverage of Bernie Sanders's presidential
campaign. Mr. Matthews has acknowledged making inappropriate
Ms. Reid is the most prominent Black anchor on MSNBC, a unit of
Comcast Corp. She began contributing to the network in 2011 and
previously served as managing editor of TheGrio.com, a columnist
for the Miami Herald and a press aide during the final stretch of
President Barack Obama's Florida campaign in 2008, among other
positions, the network said.
For MSNBC, Ms. Reid's coverage has included the death of Nelson
Mandela, protests in Baltimore following the killing of Freddie
Gray and the Confederate flag debate and removal in South
In 2018, she faced criticism for personal blog posts that
expressed antigay views. Ms. Reid questioned the authenticity of
the posts, which dated to the mid- to late-2000s.
She acknowledged inappropriate and hurtful tweets that angered
the LGBT community and apologized.
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(END) Dow Jones Newswires
July 09, 2020 10:10 ET (14:10 GMT)
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