Jen Psaki, ex-Biden spokesperson, to debut Sunday MSNBC show
Diplomat Times (New York) — Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki will debut a weekly MSNBC political program on Sundays at noon next month, the network said on Tuesday.
“Inside with Jen Psaki” will contain one-on-one interviews with newsmakers, and discuss policy issues like the war in Ukraine and debt ceiling talks, MSNBC said.
The show is scheduled to premiere March 19.
The show will feature a recurring segment, “Weekend Routine,” where Psaki will feature a lawmaker or newsmaker and follow them as they go about some everyday activities.
The MSNBC show will stream the next day on Peacock. Psaki, who appears regularly on other MSNBC programs like “Morning Joe,” is developing another streaming show that’s set to debut this spring.
Psaki was press secretary during the first 16 months of President Joe Biden’s administration, before landing at MSNBC last May.
Now she’ll take charge of an hourlong program on a Biden-friendly network, mixing policy and political discussions with lighter fare like human-interest profiles of politicians, celebrities and athletes. (One of her dream guests: Joe Burrow, the quarterback of her husband’s hometown Cincinnati Bengals.)
Ms. Psaki, who began appearing on MSNBC as an analyst in September, is the latest in a line of White House communicators — including George Stephanopoulos, Diane Sawyer, and Dana Perino — who have left government for the more glamorous and better remunerated world of TV news.
Who is Jen Psaki ?
Former White House Press Secretary (President Joe Biden),
Jen Psaki was recently selected as White House Press Secretary by President-elect Joe Biden. Psaki previously served as White House Communications Director from 2015 to 2017. She has also served as a spokesperson for the Department of State and held various press and communications roles in the Obama White House. She is also a CNN contributor.
Psaki previously served as a senior communications advisor and traveling press secretary to President Obama during his successful re-election campaign. In this role, she was one of the primary on-air representatives on network, financial and cable news, briefed the national media daily, played a central role in media and communications strategy and was named by Politico as one of “50 Politicos to watch” in 2012.
Prior to joining the campaign, she served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy White House Communications Director responsible for helping run the day-to-day incoming news response and longer term strategic communications planning.
Psaki was described by The New York Times as, “the unflappable and genial point-person ” to the media during the various crises of President Obama’s campaign and presidency.
She has also worked on many national and state political campaigns across the country in roles including Traveling Press Secretary for President Obama’s first presidential campaign, Communications Director for the Office of Congressman Joseph Crowley, and Midwest and Northeast Regional Press Secretary at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
She has a B.A. from The College of William and Mary.