Karen Finney to host new MSNBC weekend show

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When the news of Chris Hayes taking over Ed Schultz’s MSNBC weekday slot and Ed moving to weekends broke, I wrote this:

But the best part is that MSNBC is adding more progressives and less prison (“Lockup” overkill much?) to their weekend lineup, which means there’s a growing market for left-leaning programming. America apparently likes liberals, can you believe it? Go figger. Conservative heads start exploding in 5…4…3…2…

I had no idea at that time that they'd be adding to the list of weekend shows this quickly.  Congratulations to Karen Finney on her new show! I happen to love her personality and the way she delivers commentary. She's sharp, fun to watch, has good sense of humor, and informative.

Ed Schultz's show will air on Saturday and Sunday from 5-7 pm ET, so she'll be his lead-in:

KAREN FINNEY NAMED MSNBC WEEKEND HOST

Finney to Host Weekends 4p-5p ET

NEW YORK –April 2, 2013 – Karen Finney has been named host of a new MSNBC program to air on weekends from 4-5 p.m. ET. More details about the program, including the launch date, will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Karen’s rich background in both education policy and politics will add a unique point of view to our expanding live weekend programming,” said Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC.

Finney has been an MSNBC political analyst and guest host on the network since 2009.

Finney has more than 20 years of experience in national politics working on four presidential campaigns, the Clinton White House, and Hillary Clinton’s first New York Senate race. She was the first African American spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee. Finney has also worked to improve public education in the public and private sectors.

It was her interest in improving public education that first got her involved in politics, having worked as a teaching assistant in a minimum-security facility for pregnant teenagers in Los Angeles after graduating from UCLA. In the private sector, she worked for Scholastic Inc., one of America’s leading children’s media and education companies, on projects including strategic development for literacy programs, afterschool education, and reading intervention. Finney also served as the chief spokesperson and Communications Director for New York City Schools, managing crisis communications for the system of more than 1.1 million children in the aftermath of 9/11.

As spokeswoman and Communications Director for the Democratic National Committee, Finney helped guide the DNC’s communications and media strategy for the successful 2006 Congressional elections and the 2008 presidential campaign. During the Clinton Administration, Karen served as Deputy Press Secretary to then-First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and as Deputy Director of Presidential Scheduling for President Bill Clinton. She served as Communications Director to Elizabeth Edwards during the 2004 general election.

Finney currently serves on the board of NARAL pro-choice America. She has also served on the advisory board for ONE Vote 2012, the Center for Music National Service and Teach for America, NY. Finney is an alumnus of the French American Foundation’s prestigious “Young Leaders” program aimed at strengthening the transatlantic relationship among up-and-coming leaders. She is also a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. Follow her on twitter @finneyk.

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  • Sally

    Great news. Karen is awesome. Rachel, she, and Alex Wagner are insightful, witty, and down to Earth. Compared to the bubble-headed blonds on FOX (how did any of them manage a law degree?) these women are fabulous role models and great progressive spokeswomen.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dave.fouchey.1 Dave Fouchey

    Outstanding Choice and great news, seems there is an appetite for progressive Perspectives after all.