Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced she is the newest MSNBC host on Tuesday.
According to the network, she will begin appearing on MSNBC and a variety of NBC News products as a guest and commentator through the end of the year before launching her own show in 2023. Symone Sanders, Psaki's fellow Biden administration alum and the former communications director for Vice President Kamala Harris, also recently joined the network.
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"Thrilled to join the incredible MSNBC family this fall," Psaki wrote on Twitter. "Breaking down the facts and getting to the bottom of what’s driving the issues that matter most to people in this country has never been more important."
Thrilled to join the incredible @MSNBC family this fall. Breaking down the facts and getting to the bottom of what’s driving the issues that matter most to people in this country has never been more important.— Jen Psaki (@jrpsaki) May 24, 2022
"Fact-based and thoughtful conversations about the big questions on the minds of people across the country have never been more important, and I’m thrilled to join the incredible MSNBC team," she added in a lengthier statement released by MSNBC. "My time in government, from the White House to the State Department, and years before that on national political campaigns will fuel the insight and perspective I bring to this next chapter. I can’t wait to create a space on streaming where we break down the facts, get to the bottom of what’s driving the issues and hopefully have some fun along the way."
Psaki held multiple roles in the Obama administration prior to joining the Biden White House, including State Department spokeswoman and White House communications director.
"Jen’s sharp wit and relatability combined with the mastery of the subjects she covers have made her a household name across the nation," MSNBC President Rashida Jones said in a statement. "Her extensive experience in government and on the campaign trail and perspective as a White House and Washington insider is the type of analysis that sets MSNBC apart. She’s a familiar face and trusted authority to MSNBC viewers, and we look forward to her insight during this consequential election season."
Prior to Tuesday, Psaki's new gig was one of the worst-kept secrets in Washington, D.C., though she had not confirmed any details of her next gig prior to departing the White House earlier this May. She was succeeded in the briefing room by her principal deputy, Karine Jean-Pierre.
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Psaki's job hunt thrust a number of ethical questions upon the White House, specifically about her treatment of networks believed to be courting her. CNN, which has employed Jean-Pierre's longtime partner Suzanne Malveaux as a senior correspondent for years, moved her off all political beats when Jean-Pierre was promoted to avoid similar conflicts.