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NBC News

NBC News

1959–72 logo.

1959–72 logo.

NBC News is the news division of the American broadcast television network NBC. The division operates under NBCUniversal Broadcast, Cable, Sports and News, a subsidiary of NBCUniversal, in turn a subsidiary of Comcast. The group's various operations report to the president of NBC News, Noah Oppenheim.[1]

NBC News aired the first, regularly scheduled news program in American broadcast television history on February 21, 1940. The group's broadcasts are produced and aired from 30 Rockefeller Center, NBC's headquarters in New York City.

The division presides over America's number-one-rated newscast,[3] NBC Nightly News, and the longest-running television series in American history, Meet The Press, the Sunday morning program of newsmakers interviews. NBC News also offers 70 years of rare historic footage[4] from the NBCUniversal Archives online.

NBC News operates a 24-hour cable news network known as MSNBC, which includes the organization's flagship daytime news operation, MSNBC Live. The cable network shares staff and editorial control with NBC News. In 2017, the organization entered into a partnership and purchased a 25% stake in Euronews, a European 24-hour news network.[5]

NBC News
Division ofNBC (National Broadcasting Company)
Key peopleSteve Burke (President & CEO of NBCUniversal)
Noah Oppenheim (President of NBC News[1])
Andrew Lack (Chairman of NBCUniversal News Group[2])
FoundedFebruary 21, 1940 (1940-02-21)
Headquarters30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York City, New York, U.S.A.
Major BureausWest Coast Headquarters, Universal City, California
Governmental Affairs Headquarters
Washington, D.C.
European Headquarters
London, UK
Asia Pacific Headquarters
Singapore, Hong Kong
Area servedWorldwide
Broadcast programs:Meet the Press with Chuck Todd
NBC Nightly News
Weekend Today
Dateline NBC
Early Today
Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda
Sunday Today with Willie Geist
DivisionsNBC News International
Websitenbcnews.com [71]


Caravan era

The first, regularly scheduled, American television newscast in history was made by NBC News on February 21, 1940, anchored by Lowell Thomas (1892-1981), and airing weeknights at 6:45 p.m. It was simply Lowell Thomas in front of a television camera while doing his NBC network radio broadcast, the television simulcast seen only in New York.[6] In June 1940, NBC, through its flagship station in New York City, W2XBS (renamed commercial WNBT in 1941, now WNBC) operating on channel one, televised 30¼ hours of coverage of the Republican National Convention live and direct from Philadelphia. The station used a series of relays from Philadelphia to New York and on to upper New York State, for rebroadcast on W2XB in Schenectady (now WRGB), making this among the first "network" programs of NBC Television. Due to wartime and technical restrictions, there were no live telecasts of the 1944 conventions, although films of the events were reportedly shown over WNBT the next day.

About this time, there were irregularly scheduled, quasi-network newscasts originating from NBC's WNBT in New York City and reportedly fed to WPTZ (now KYW-TV) in Philadelphia and WRGB in Schenectady, NY, such as Esso sponsored news features a well as The War As It Happens in the final days of World War II, another irregularly scheduled NBC television newsreel program which was also seen in New York, Philadelphia and Schenectady on the relatively few (roughly 5000) television sets which existed at the time. After the war, NBC Television Newsreel aired filmed news highlights with narration. Later in 1948, when sponsored by Camel Cigarettes, NBC Television Newsreel was renamed Camel Newsreel Theatre and then, when John Cameron Swayze was added as an on-camera anchor in 1949, the program was renamed Camel News Caravan.

In 1948, NBC teamed up with Life magazine to provide election night coverage of President Harry S. Truman's surprising victory over New York governor Thomas E. Dewey. The television audience was small, but NBC's share in New York was double that of any other outlet.[7] The following year, the Camel News Caravan, anchored by John Cameron Swayze, debuted on NBC. Lacking the graphics and technology of later years, it nonetheless contained many of the elements of modern newscasts.[8] NBC hired its own film crews and in the program's early years, it dominated CBS's competing program, which did not hire its own film crews until 1953.[8] (by contrast, CBS spent lavishly on Edward R. Murrow's weekly series, See It Now[8]). In 1950, David Brinkley began serving as the program's Washington correspondent, but attracted little attention outside the network until paired with Chet Huntley in 1956.[9] In 1955, the Camel News Caravan fell behind CBS's Douglas Edwards with the News, and Swayze lost the already tepid support of NBC executives.[8] The following year, NBC replaced the program with the Huntley-Brinkley Report.

Beginning in 1951, NBC News was managed by director of news Bill McAndrew, who reported to vice president of news and public affairs J. Davidson Taylor.[10]

Huntley-Brinkley era

NBC News had close to 700 correspondents and cameramen in 1961 who were stationed throughout the world.  Film was received in the United States by plane or by the jointly operated NBC-BBC transatlantic film cable.

NBC News had close to 700 correspondents and cameramen in 1961 who were stationed throughout the world. Film was received in the United States by plane or by the jointly operated NBC-BBC transatlantic film cable.

Television assumed an increasingly prominent role in American family life in the late 1950s, and NBC News was called television's "champion of news coverage."[11] NBC president Robert Kintner provided the news division with ample amounts of both financial resources and air time.[8] In 1956, the network paired anchors Chet Huntley and David Brinkley and the two became celebrities,[9] supported by reporters including John Chancellor, Frank McGee, Edwin Newman, Sander Vanocur, Nancy Dickerson, Tom Pettit, and Ray Scherer.

Created by producer Reuven Frank, NBC's The Huntley–Brinkley Report had its debut on October 29, 1956.[12] During much of its 14-year run, it exceeded the viewership levels of its CBS News competition, anchored initially by Douglas Edwards and, beginning in April 1962, by Walter Cronkite.

NBC's vice president of news and public affairs, J. Davidson Taylor, was a Southerner who, with producer Reuven Frank, was determined that NBC would lead television's coverage of the civil rights movement.[13] In 1955, NBC provided national coverage of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s leadership of the bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, airing reports from Frank McGee, then news director of NBC's Montgomery affiliate WSFA-TV, who would later join the network.[14] A year later, John Chancellor's coverage of the admission of black students to Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas was the first occasion when the key news story came from television rather than print[14] and prompted a prominent U.S. senator to observe later, "When I think of Little Rock, I think of John Chancellor."[10] Other reporters who covered the movement for the network included Sander Vanocur, Herbert Kaplow, Charles Quinn, and Richard Valeriani,[13] who was hit with an ax handle at a demonstration in Marion, Alabama in 1965.[15]

While Walter Cronkite's enthusiasm for the space race eventually won the anchorman viewers for CBS, NBC News, with the work of correspondents such as Frank McGee, Roy Neal, Jay Barbree, and Peter Hackes, also provided ample coverage of American manned space missions in the Project Mercury, Project Gemini, and Project Apollo programs. In an era when space missions rated continuous coverage, NBC configured its largest studio, Studio 8H, for space coverage. It utilized models and mockups of rockets and spacecraft, maps of the earth and moon to show orbital trackage, and stages on which animated figures created by puppeteer Bil Baird were used to depict movements of astronauts before on-board spacecraft television cameras were feasible. (Studio 8H had been home to the NBC Symphony Orchestra and is now the home of Saturday Night Live.) NBC's coverage of the first moon landing in 1969 earned the network an Emmy Award.[16]

In the late 1950s, Kintner reorganized the chain of command at the network, making Bill McAndrew president of NBC News, reporting directly to Kintner.[10] McAndrew served in that position until his death in 1968.[10] McAndrew was succeeded by his executive vice president, producer Reuven Frank, who held the position until 1973.[10]

On November 22, 1963, NBC interrupted various programs on its affiliate stations at 1:45 p.m. to announce that President John F. Kennedy had been shot in Dallas, Texas. Eight minutes later, at 1:53:12 p.m., NBC broke into programming with a network bumper slide and Chet Huntley, Bill Ryan and Frank McGee informing the viewers what was going on as it happened; but since a camera was not in service, the reports were audio only. However, NBC did not begin broadcasting over the air until 1:57 p.m. ET. About 40 minutes later, after word came that JFK was pronounced dead, NBC suspended regular programming and carried 71 hours of uninterrupted news coverage of the assassination and the funeral of the president—including the only live broadcast of the fatal shooting of Kennedy's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, by Jack Ruby as Oswald was being led in handcuffs by law-enforcement officials through the basement of Dallas Police Headquarters.[17]

NBC Nightly News era

NBC's ratings lead began to slip toward the end of the 1960s and fell sharply when Chet Huntley retired in 1970 (Huntley died of cancer in 1974). The loss of Huntley, along with a reluctance by RCA to fund NBC News at a similar level as CBS was funding its news division, left NBC News in the doldrums. NBC's primary news show gained its present title, NBC Nightly News, on August 3, 1970.

The network tried a platoon of anchors (Brinkley, McGee, and John Chancellor) during the early months of Nightly News. Despite the efforts of the network's eventual lead anchor, the articulate, even-toned Chancellor, and an occasional first-place finish in the Nielsens, Nightly News in the 1970s was primarily a strong second.[8] By the end of the decade, NBC had to contend not only with a powerful CBS but also a surging ABC, led by Roone Arledge. Tom Brokaw became sole anchor in 1983, after co-anchoring with Roger Mudd for a year, and began leading NBC's efforts. In 1986 and 1987, NBC won the top spot in the Nielsens for the first time in years,[18] only to fall back when Nielsen's ratings methodology changed. In late 1996, Nightly News again moved into first place,[19] a spot it has held onto in most of the succeeding years. Brian Williams assumed primary anchor duties when Brokaw retired in December 2004.[20] In February 2015, NBC suspended Williams for six months for telling an inaccurate story about his experience in the 2003 invasion of Iraq.[21] He was replaced by Lester Holt on an interim basis. On June 18, 2015, it was announced that Holt would become the permanent anchor and Williams would be moved to MSNBC as an anchor of breaking news and special reports beginning in August.[22]

In 1993, Dateline NBC broadcast an investigative report about the safety of General Motors (GM) trucks. GM discovered the "actual footage" utilized in the broadcast had been rigged by the inclusion of explosive incendiaries attached to the gas tanks and the use of improper sealants for those tanks. GM subsequently filed an anti-defamation lawsuit against NBC, which publicly admitted the results of the tests were rigged and settled the lawsuit with GM on the very same day.[23]

1995 onwards

NBC Nightly News broadcast, March 2008.

NBC Nightly News broadcast, March 2008.

On October 22, 2007, Nightly News moved into its new high definition studios, at Studio 3C at NBC Studios in 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. The network's 24-hour cable network, MSNBC, joined the network in New York on that day as well. The new studios/headquarters for NBC News and MSNBC are now located in one area.

During the financial crisis of 2007–2008, NBC News was urged to save $500 million by NBC Universal. On that occasion, NBC News laid off several of its in-house reporters such as Kevin Corke, Jeannie Ohm and Don Teague. This was the largest layoff in NBC News history.

After the sudden death of the influential moderator Tim Russert of Meet the Press in June 2008, Tom Brokaw took over as an interim host; and on December 14, 2008, David Gregory became the new moderator of the show until August 14, 2014, when NBC announced that NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd would take over as the 12th moderator of Meet the Press starting September 7, 2014. David Gregory's last broadcast was August 10, 2014.[24][25]

By 2009, NBC had established leadership in network news, airing the highest-rated morning, evening, and Sunday interview news programs.[26] Its ability to share costs with MSNBC and share in the cable network's advertising and subscriber revenue made it far more profitable than its network rivals.[27]

On March 27, 2012, NBC News broadcast an edited segment from a 911 call placed by George Zimmerman before he shot Trayvon Martin. The editing made it appear that Zimmerman volunteered that Martin was black, rather than merely responding to the dispatcher's inquiry, which would support a view that the shooting was racially motivated. A media watchdog organization accused NBC News of engaging in "an all-out falsehood." While NBC News initially declined to comment,[28] the news agency did issue an apology to viewers.[29] The Washington Post called the statement "skimpy on the details on just how the mistake unfolded."[29]

On December 13, 2012, NBC News reporter Richard Engel and his five crew members, Aziz Akyavaş, Ghazi Balkiz, John Kooistra, Ian Rivers and Ammar Cheikh Omar, were kidnapped in Syria. Having escaped after five days in captivity, Engel said he believed that a Shabiha group loyal to al-Assad was behind the abduction, and that the crew was freed by the Ahrar al-Sham group five days later.[30] Engel's account was however challenged from early on.[31] In April 2015, NBC had to revise the kidnapping account, following further investigations by The New York Times, which suggested that the NBC team "was almost certainly taken by a Sunni criminal element affiliated with the Free Syrian Army," rather than by a loyalist Shia group.[32]

In 2013 John Lapinski was director of elections, replacing Sheldon Gawiser. In 2015 the election team's decision desk group was given its first permanent space at 30 Rockefeller, replacing the News Sales Archives that had occupied the space previously.[33]

The NBC News division was the first news team to possess the tape of Donald Trump recorded by Access Hollywood, after a producer of the NBC show had made the news division aware of it; the News division internally debated publishing it for three days, and then an unidentified source gave a copy of the tape to Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold, who contacted NBC for comment, notified the Trump campaign that he had the video, obtained confirmation of its authenticity, and released a story and the tape itself, scooping NBC.[34][35][36] Alerted that the Post might release the story immediately,[36] NBC News released its own story shortly after the Post story was published.[37][38]

On November 29, 2017, NBC News announced that Matt Lauer's employment had been terminated after an unidentified female NBC employee reported that Lauer had sexually harassed her during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, and that the harassment continued after they returned to New York.[39] NBC News management said it had been aware that The New York Times and Variety had been conducting independent investigations of Lauer's behavior,[40] but that management had been unaware of previous allegations against Lauer.[41][42] Variety reported allegations by at least ten of Lauer's current and former colleagues.[43] Additional accusations went public in the ensuing days.[40][44]

NBC News President Noah Oppenheim suggested an investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by Harvey Weinstein after NBC contributor Ronan Farrow pitched a general idea to report on sexual harassment in Hollywood.[45] After a 10-month investigation by Farrow and NBC producer Rich McHugh,[46] NBC reviewed a rough cut and decided it was not ready to broadcast.[46] After some additional reporting, a story by Farrow about Weinstein's alleged misconduct appeared in the New Yorker Magazine. A story on the subject of Weinstein's alleged behavior also appeared several days earlier in The New York Times.[47] Following criticism for missing a major story it had initiated, NBC News defended the decision, saying that at the time Farrow was at NBC, the early reporting still had important missing necessary elements. The Hollywood Reporter reported that the actress Rose McGown had withdrawn her consent for an on-air interview with NBC, and Farrow had no other named accusers on-the-record.[48] Farrow's article in The New Yorker had multiple named accusers.[48] Farrow's reporting for the New Yorker, along with the reporting of the New York Times on the matter, won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in April 2018.[49]


Eleven people have served as president of NBC News during its history: Reuven Frank (1968–73, 1981–85), Richard Wald (1973–77), Lester M. Crystal (1977–79), William J. Small (1979–81), Lawrence Grossman (1985–88), Michael Gartner (1988–93), Andrew Lack (1993–2001), Neal Shapiro (2001–05), and Steve Capus (2005–March 5, 2013). In August 2013, Deborah Turness assumed the role as president of NBC News, becoming the first woman to head the division.[50] In February 2017, Today Show producer and executive Noah Oppenheim was named president of NBC News.[1]


NBC News Washington Bureau.

NBC News Washington Bureau.

  • Meet the Press with Chuck Todd (1947–present)

  • Today (1952–present)

  • Today 3rd Hour (2018–present)

  • NBC Nightly News (1970–present)

  • Weekend Today (1987–present)

  • Dateline NBC (1992–present)

  • Early Today (1999–present)

  • Today with Hoda & Jenna (2019-present)

  • Sunday Today with Willie Geist (2016–present)

Former programming

  • Weekend (1974–79)

  • NBC News Overnight (1982–83)

  • NBC News at Sunrise (1983–99)

  • Real Life with Jane Pauley (1990–91)

  • Expose with Tom Brokaw (1991)

  • NBC News Nightside (1991–98)

  • Now with Tom Brokaw and Katie Couric (1993–94)

  • Later Today (1999–2000)

  • Today with Kathie Lee and Hoda (2008-2019)

  • Rock Center with Brian Williams (2011–13)

  • Today's Take (2012-2017)

  • Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly (June 4–July 30, 2017)

  • Megyn Kelly Today (2017-2018)

Syndicated productions

  • The Chris Matthews Show (2002–13)

Other productions

NBC News provides content for the Internet, as well as cable-only news networks CNBC and MSNBC. It produces a twice-daily show called Stay Tuned for Snapchat's Discover platform.

NBC News International

In November 2016, NBC News Group chairman Andy Lack announced NBCUniversal intended to purchase a 25% stake in Euronews, a European news organization competing against the likes of BBC News and ITV News[51] The transaction was completed at the end of May 2017; Deborah Turness, former President of NBC News, was appointed to run "NBC News International," to perform NBC's role in the partnership, in which each network would contribute reporting to the other.[5]

NBC News Radio

NBC News Radio logo

NBC News Radio logo

NBC News Radio is an audio news service distributed by iHeartMedia and its TTWN Networks since July 2016. While it is not owned by NBC Universal, it features reports from NBC News correspondents, presented by anchors who are iHeartMedia employees. It is provided to the network's 24/7 News Source radio station affiliates and includes one-minute and two-minute hourly newscasts along with other audio content, such as features on money, health, politics and sports, heard on over 1,000 radio stations.[52]

The original NBC Radio Network was purchased by Westwood One in 1987 as General Electric, which acquired NBC's parent company RCA, divested most properties not pertaining to the NBC television network. NBC Radio's news operation was merged into the Mutual Broadcasting System, then into Westwood One's then-corporate sibling CBS Radio, and eventually assimilated into the syndicator itself. Initially just a service limited to one-hour reports from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET, on March 5, 2012, Dial Global – which had acquired Westwood One – announced NBC News Radio would expand to a full-time 24-hour radio news network, replacing CNN Radio (that itself replaced both NBC Radio and Mutual in 1999).

As of 2016, WOR in New York City serves as NBC News Radio's East Coast flagship station, while KOGO in San Diego serves as the network's West Coast flagship station.

It can be heard on the internet around the clock in 15-minute cycles with the latest news, sports and other features, as part of the iHeartRadio platform. It uses the slogan "The news you want, when you want it."[53]

NBC News Overnight/Nightside

In 1982, NBC News began production on NBC News Overnight with anchors Linda Ellerbee, Lloyd Dobyns, and Bill Schechner. It usually aired at 1:35 a.m. E.T., following The Tonight Show and Late Night with David Letterman.

NBC News Overnight was cancelled in December 1983, but in 1991, NBC News launched another overnight news show called NBC Nightside. During its run, the show's anchors included Sara James,[54] Bruce Hall, Antonio Mora, Tom Miller, Campbell Brown, Kim Hindrew, Tom Donavan, and Tonya Strong. It was based at NBC Network affiliate WCNC-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina. It provided an overnight news service which NBC affiliates could air until early morning programming began, in effect providing programming to help them stay on the air 24/7. At the time, a few NBC affiliates had begun using CNN's Headline News service to provide overnight programming, and NBC decided to offer the network's own overnight news service. CBS and ABC also began their own overnight news programming, as well.

NBC Nightside lasted until 1998 and was replaced by "NBC All Night," composed of reruns of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and later from January 1, 2007 to September 23, 2011, Poker After Dark. NBC now airs same day repeats of the fourth hour of Today and CNBC's Mad Money on weekdays, LXTV programs on early Sunday mornings, and Meet the Press and Dateline encores on early Monday mornings.


  • Peacock Productions

  • NBCUniversal Archives

  • NBC NewsChannel - is a news video and report feed service[55] similar to a wire service, providing pre-produced international, national and regional stories some with fronting reporters customized for NBC network affiliates. It is based in Charlotte, North Carolina with bureaus in New York City at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, Washington, D.C. on North Capital Street NW, Chicago at the NBC Tower, and in Los Angeles at the Brokaw News Center on the Universal Studios Hollywood Lot with satellite bureaus at WFLA-TV in Tampa, Florida and at KUSA-TV in Denver, Colorado. Its headquarters in Charlotte are connected to the studios of Charlotte NBC affiliate WCNC-TV. NBC News Channel also served as the production base of NBC Nightside and "Canal de Noticias, NBC".

  • NBC News Digital Group NBC News Now - free streaming service operating live 3-11 p.m. eastern Monday through Friday and launched May 29, 2019 under Janelle Rodriguez, senior vice president of editorial for NBC News and MSNBC. Initial operated with out an anchor until they hired Alison Morris, formerly of Fox 5 in New York, starting on July 1, 2019.[56] The OTT services was announced in October 2018 as NBC News Signal with Simone Boyce original tapped as the evening (7 PM) host with two MSNBC as acting as hosts.[57]


Major bureaus

  • New York City: NBC News Headquarters (WNBC)1

  • Universal City, California (Los Angeles): West Coast Bureau (KNBC)1

  • Washington, D.C.: Government Affairs Bureau (WRC-TV)1

  • London: Foreign Desk

Minor bureaus (within the United States)

  • Atlanta (WXIA-TV)

  • Boston (WBTS-LD) 1

  • Chicago (WMAQ-TV) 1

  • Denver (KUSA-TV)

  • Fort Worth - Dallas (KXAS-TV) 1

  • Houston (KPRC-TV)

  • Miami - Fort Lauderdale (WTVJ) 1

  • New Britain - Hartford - New Haven (WVIT) 1

  • Philadelphia (WCAU) 1

  • San Diego (KNSD) 1

  • San Jose - San Francisco - Oakland (KNTV) 1

  • San Juan, PR (WKAQ-TV) 1

  • 1 All NBC owned-and-operated stations are considered NBC News bureaus.

Foreign bureaus (NBC News/CNBC/MSNBC)

  • Johannesburg, South Africa (CNBC Africa headquarters)

  • Kabul, Afghanistan (NBC News)

  • Nairobi, Kenya (CNBC Africa)

  • Abuja, Nigeria (CNBC Africa)

  • Lagos, Nigeria (CNBC Africa)

  • Cape Town, South Africa (CNBC Africa)

  • Singapore (CNBC Asia headquarters)

  • Sydney, Australia (CNBC Asia Pacific)

  • Melbourne, Australia (NBC News Asia Pacific)

  • Managua, Nicaragua (Canal 15 Nicaragua-Telemundo 51 WSCV)

  • Tokyo, Japan (Nikkei CNBC)

  • Hong Kong (CNBC Asia)

  • Beijing, China (NBC News, MSNBC, and CNBC)

  • Frankfurt, Germany (CNBC Europe)

  • Baghdad, Iraq (MSNBC and CNBC Asia)

  • Beirut, Lebanon (MSNBC and CNBC Asia)

  • Jerusalem, Israel (MSNBC and CNBC Asia)

  • New Delhi, India (CNBC-TV18)

  • Jakarta, Indonesia (CNBC Indonesia)

Noted coverage

NBC News got the first American news interviews from two Russian presidents (Vladimir Putin, Mikhail Gorbachev), and Brokaw was the only American television news correspondent to witness the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.[58]

Notable personnel

  • Peter Alexander – Weekend Today Saturday co-anchor and Senior National Correspondent (2004–present)

  • Ron Allen – correspondent

  • Miguel Almaguer – Los Angeles based correspondent [59]

  • Jeremy Bash – Senior national security analyst

  • Catie Beck - Atlanta based correspondent [60]

  • Lisa Bloom – legal analyst

  • Tom Brokaw – senior correspondent (1966–present)

  • Dara Brown - MSNBC Live weekend anchor

  • Mika Brzezinski – MSNBC's Morning Joe co-anchor

  • Mike Barnicle – MSNBC's Morning Joe co-anchor

  • Andrea Canning – NBC News correspondent & Dateline NBC correspondent (2012–present)

  • Jean Chatzky – Today financial editor & NBC News financial correspondent

  • Tom Costello – aviation, transportation and consumer affairs correspondent (1996–Present)

  • Carson Daly – Today "Orange Room" anchor & NBC's The Voice host

  • Jose Diaz-Balart – NBC Nightly News Saturday anchor (2015–present)

  • Dylan Dreyer – ‘’Today Third Hour’’ Co-AnchorWeekend Today and Sunday Today weather anchor & NBC News meteorologist

  • Rehema Ellis – education correspondent (1994–present)

  • Richard Engel – chief foreign correspondent

  • Martin Fletcher – special foreign correspondent

  • Joe Fryer – Los Angeles based correspondent

  • Joelle Garguilo – Weekend Today correspondent

  • Willie Geist – Sunday Today Anchor, MSNBC's Morning Joe co-anchor & NBC News correspondent

  • Stephanie Gosk – correspondent

  • Savannah Guthrie – Today co-anchor & NBC News Chief Legal Correspondent (2007–present)

  • Jenna Bush Hager – Co-Anchor of Today with Hoda & Jenna!

  • Chris Hayes – Host of All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC

  • Lester HoltNBC Nightly News anchor; also host of Dateline NBC (2011–present)

  • Kasie Hunt - Capitol Hill Correspondent & Katie DC Anchor [61]

  • Hallie Jackson – NBC News Chief White House Correspondent & MSNBC Live anchor

  • Chris Jansing – MSNBC/NBC News Senior National Correspondent & MSNBC Breaking News Coverage anchor

  • Sheinelle Jones - ‘’Today Third Hour’’ & Weekend Today Saturday co-anchor

  • Bill Karins – Early Today weather anchor, MSNBC weather anchor & NBC News chief meteorologist

  • Jinah Kim – business and technology correspondent

  • Steve Kornacki – Chief Political Correspondent

  • Hoda Kotb – Today co-anchor & fourth hour co-host & Dateline NBC correspondent

  • Maria LaRosa – WNBC Today in New York Weather Anchor & NBC News contributing meteorologist

  • Richard Lui – MSNBC Live Saturday anchor

  • Rachel Maddow – MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show anchor and NBC News Senior Political Analyst

  • Josh Mankiewicz – Dateline NBC correspondent

  • Chris Matthews – MSNBC's Hardball with Chris Matthews anchor

  • Cynthia McFadden – Senior Legal and Investigative correspondent

  • Craig Melvin – Today news anchor, Today Third Hour Co-Anchor & MSNBC Live anchor

  • Andrea Mitchell – MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports anchor & NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs correspondent (1978–present)

  • Ayman Mohyeldin – correspondent, Morning Joe First Look co-anchor & MSNBC Live Sunday Anchor

  • Natalie Morales – Today west coast anchor/correspondent, Dateline NBC correspondent/anchor **

  • Keith Morrison – Dateline NBC correspondent

  • Dennis Murphy – Dateline NBC correspondent

  • Bill Neely – Chief Global correspondent

  • Kelly O'Donnell – White House correspondent

  • Lawrence O'Donnell – Host of The Last Word on MSNBC

  • Carl Quintanilla – CNBC's Squawk on the Street and Squawk Alley co-anchor & NBC News correspondent

  • Milissa Rehberger – MSNBC Now anchor

  • Morgan Radford – correspondent

  • Joy Reid – MSNBC's AM Joy anchor

  • Frances Rivera – Early Today co-anchor & NBC News correspondent

  • Al Roker – Chief NBC News Meteorologist Today weather & features anchor Today Third Hour Co-Anchor

  • Jeff Rossen – National investigative correspondent

  • Stephanie Ruhle – MSNBC Live anchor and Velshi & Ruhle co-anchor

  • Kerry Sanders – Miami based correspondent

  • Joe Scarborough – MSNBC's Morning Joe co-anchor & NBC News Senior Political Analyst

  • Steve Schmidt – NBC News Senior Political Analyst & MSNBC contributor

  • Maria Shriver – special anchor & special correspondent

  • Keir Simmons – London correspondent*

  • Harry Smith – correspondent

  • Kate Snow – NBC Nightly News Sunday anchor & NBC News senior national correspondent

  • Bret Stephens – senior political contributor

  • Kevin Tibbles - Chicago based correspondent [62]

  • Chuck Todd – NBC News Political director & Meet The Press moderator

  • Anne Thompson – chief environmental affairs correspondent

  • Katy Tur – NBC News correspondent & MSNBC Live anchor

  • Ali Velshi – Chief Business Correspondent & anchor of MSNBC Live. And Velshi & Ruhle Co-Anchor

  • Meredith Vieira – special correspondent (2006–present)

  • Nicolle Wallace – NBC News Senior Political Analyst & Deadline: White House Anchor (2015–present)

  • Kristen Welker – White House correspondent & MSNBC Contributing anchor (2010–present)

  • Brian Williams – MSNBC Breaking News anchor & anchor of The 11th Hour with Brian Williams(1993–present)

  • Pete Williams – Chief Justice correspondent (1993–present)

  • Alex Witt – Weekends With Alex Witt anchor & NBC News correspondent

Former staff

  • Elie Abel (State Department Correspondent) (1961-1970)

  • Bob Abernethy (1952-1994) – now at PBS

  • Dan Abrams (Chief Legal Analyst) – now at ABC News

  • Martin Agronsky (Foreign Correspondent)

  • Jodi Applegate (Anchor, MSNBC and Weekend Today)

  • Jim Avila (Correspondent) – now with ABC News

  • Martin Bashir (later MSNBC's Martin Bashir anchor & Dateline NBC correspondent)

  • Robert Bazell (Chief Science & Health Correspondent) – retired

  • Lynn Berry – now at HLN

  • Jim Bittermann – now at CNN

  • Frank Blair (Today Show News Anchor)

  • David Bloom (Correspondent and Weekend Today)

  • Mike Boettcher – now at ABC News

  • Frank Bourgholtzer – first full-time NBC White House correspondent

  • David Brinkley

  • Ned Brooks

  • Campbell Brown

  • Christina Brown – now anchor of Arise News

  • Erin Burnett – now at CNN

  • Billy Bush – fired due to the aftermath of sexual allegations about Donald Trump

  • Henry Champ

  • John Chancellor (1956-1964; 1968-1993)

  • Connie Chung – retired

  • Chelsea Clinton – left due to focus on the Clinton Foundation

  • Katie Couric (1989-2006) – now world affairs anchor of Yahoo News

  • Kevin Corke

  • Jim Cummins

  • Ann Curry

  • Faith Daniels

  • Lisa Daniels

  • Veronica De La Cruz – now at KPIX in San Francisco

  • Nancy Dickerson

  • Lloyd Dobyns

  • Phil Donahue

  • Bob Dotson – retired[63]

  • Hugh Downs – retired from journalism

  • Paul Duke

  • Rosey Edeh

  • Linda Ellerbee (retired)

  • Josh Elliott

  • Bonnie Erbe

  • Giselle Fernandez

  • Jack Ford – now chief legal analyst at CBS News

  • Eliot Frankel

  • Michelle Franzen – now at ABC News

  • Stephen Frazier

  • Pauline Frederick

  • Dawna Friesen (1999-2010) – now anchoring Canada's Global TV's Global National

  • Betty Furness

  • Joe Garagiola

  • Anne Garrels

  • Damien Garcia (News Division Production Specialist, Global Mobile Computing)

  • Dave Garroway

  • Alexis Glick – now at Bloomberg TV

  • Robert Goralski

  • Peter Greenberg (Travel Editor, "Today") – now at CBS News

  • David Gregory

  • Bryant Gumbel (1981-1997) – now host of HBO Sports' Real Sports

  • Tony Guida – now at CBS News

  • Robert Hager (1969-2004) – retired from journalism

  • Sara Haines - GMA Day co-host

  • Tamron Hall – Former Today's Take co-host, MSNBC Live with Tamron Hall anchor & NBC News correspondent [64]

  • Mark Halperin – fired due to inappropriate sexual behavior

  • Steve Handelsman – retired [65]

  • Chris Hansen

  • Nanette Hansen

  • Richard C. Harkness

  • Don Harris

  • John Hart

  • Jim Hartz – retired

  • John Hockenberry

  • Chet Huntley

  • Gwen Ifill

  • Michael Isikoff

  • Bob Jamieson – retired from journalism

  • Bernard Kalb

  • Marvin Kalb

  • Floyd Kalber

  • Megyn Kelly[66][67] - Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly host and Megyn Kelly Today host

  • Arthur Kent

  • Douglas Kiker

  • Dan Kloeffler

  • Michelle Kosinski (2005-2014)

  • Bob Kur (1976-2006)

  • Matt Lauer – Today co-anchor & Dateline NBC contributing anchor and correspondent (1992–2017) - fired due to inappropriate sexual behavior

  • Jack Lescoulie (1952-1967)

  • Irving R. Levine

  • George Lewis – retired from journalism

  • Lilia Luciano (National correspondent)

  • Jim Maceda – special foreign correspondent[68]

  • Cassie Mackin

  • Robert MacNeil – retired from journalism

  • John MacVane

  • Boyd Matson

  • Frank McGee

  • Jim Miklaszewski (1985-2016) - retired from journalism

  • Bill Monroe

  • Roger Mudd (1981-1986) – retired from journalism

  • Merrill Mueller

  • Lisa Myers (1981-2014) - retired

  • Roy Neal

  • Ron Nessen - later White House Press Secretary under President Gerald Ford, retired from journalism

  • Jackie Nespral (now main anchor with NBC o&o operated station WTVJ in Miami)

  • Edwin Newman

  • Deborah Norville – now weekday host of Inside Edition

  • Soledad O'Brien

  • Norah O'Donnell (NBC News Washington Correspondent & MSNBC Chief Washington Correspondent) – now at CBS News

  • Keith Olbermann (Anchor, "Countdown with Keith Olbermann")

  • Don Oliver

  • John Palmer

  • Jane Pauley (now with CBS News)

  • Jack Perkins – retired

  • Tom Pettit

  • Stone Phillips

  • Gabe Pressman

  • Charles Quinn

  • Jill Rappaport

  • Chip Reid – now at CBS News

  • John Rich

  • Amy Robach – now at ABC News

  • Betty Rollin

  • Brian Ross – now at ABC News

  • Ford Rowan

  • Tim Russert

  • Bill Ryan

  • Aline Saarinen

  • Jessica Savitch

  • Chuck Scarborough – now at WNBC Channel 4 in New York City

  • Mike Schneider – now at NJTV

  • Willard Scott – Today contributing correspondent – retired

  • John Seigenthaler

  • Scott Simon (now with NPR)

  • Gene Shalit – retired

  • Claire Shipman – now at ABC News

  • Lawrence E. Spivak

  • John Cameron Swayze

  • Dr. Nancy Snyderman

  • Patricia Thompson

  • Liz Trotta

  • Lem Tucker

  • Garrick Utley

  • Richard Valeriani

  • Charles Van Doren

  • Sander Vanocur

  • Linda Vester

  • Mike Viqueira (White House & Capitol Hill Correspondent) – now at Al Jazeera America

  • Lindsey Vonn (2014 Winter Olympics correspondent)

  • Chris Wallace – now at Fox News Channel

  • Barbara Walters – retired from journalism

  • Fredricka Whitfield – now at CNN

  • Mary Alice Williams

  • Brad Willis

  • Joe Witte – (later at CNBC, and WJLA-TV & Washington, D.C.'s Newschannel 8; now a researcher at the Goddard Spaceflight Center)

  • Lew Wood

  • Judy Woodruff – now Monday–Friday anchor of PBS Newshour

  • Tony Zappone

International broadcasts

MSNBC is not shown outside the Americas on a channel in its own right. However, both NBC News and MSNBC are shown for a few hours a day on OSN News in MENA Region.

MSNBC is also shown occasionally on sister network CNBC Europe during breaking news, and Nightly News and Meet the Press are also shown regularly. NBC Nightly News is shown in the Philippines on 9TV (formerly Talktv and Solar News Channel), while Early Today was officially dropped from the network in December 2013, but they replaced by the repeats of Inside Edition. NBC Nightly News, along with the full program lineup of NBC, was carried by affiliate VSB-TV in Bermuda.

The Seven Network in Australia has close ties with NBC and has used a majority of the network's imaging and slogans since the 1970s. Seven News has featured The Mission as its news theme since the mid-1980s. Local newscasts were named Seven Nightly News from the mid-1980s until around 2000. NBC and Seven will often share news recourses between the two countries. NBC News has been known to use Seven News reporters for live reports on a developing news story in Australia. Seven News will sometimes also incorporate an NBC News report into its national bulletins. Today, Weekend Today and Meet The Press are all broadcast on the Seven Network during the early morning hours from 3-5 a.m., just before Seven's own morning show Sunrise.

In Hong Kong, NBC Nightly News is live digital television broadcast transmission (or delayed) on TVB Pearl daily from 07:00 until 08:00 Hong Kong Time (18:00 until 19:00 New York City Time).

In the United Kingdom, the ITV network, used to air segments from NBC Nightly News on their ITV News at 5:30 morning newscast before it was cancelled in December 2012. NBC News share facilities and crew in the UK with ITN, who is the news provider for ITV.

Theme music

Most of NBC's news television programs use "The Mission" by John Williams as their theme. The composition was first used by NBC in 1985 and was updated in 2004.[69]


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