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Melissa Harris-Perry Gets Her Own Show On MSNBC!

by Tambay A. Obenson
January 5, 2012 11:34 AM
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Good for her and good to hear. Well-deserved and long overdue. I'm a fan!

Read the press release below:

MSNBC contributor Melissa Harris-Perry is the latest addition to MSNBC’s expanding weekend lineup. Her new program, set to air Saturdays and Sundays 10a-noon ET, will debut on MSNBC February 4th. The announcement was made by MSNBC President Phil Griffin. Chris Hayes will continue to lead off MSNBC’s weekend programming with his popular roundtable program ‘Up,’ which will begin airing from 8-10am ET on both Saturdays and Sundays. MSNBC anchor Alex Witt will expand MSNBC’s live news coverage in both the morning and the afternoon, with “Weekends with Alex Witt” airing 7-8a ET Saturdays and noon-2p ET on Saturdays and Sundays.

Harris-Perry, a long-standing political analyst and contributor to MSNBC, is a frequent guest of “PoliticsNation” with Rev. Al Sharpton, and also serves as occasional host of “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “The Last Word.” A highly accomplished author, scholar and speaker, Harris-Perry’s new program will continue MSNBC’s trend of bringing intelligent, informed voices to the cable channel’s weekend programming.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity,” said Harris-Perry. “All I’ve ever wanted to be is a teacher. Phil Griffin and MSNBC are giving me the chance to have a much bigger classroom. I’m particularly excited to join the growing weekend lineup where we have a chance to take a longer and broader view of the week’s political news.”

Ms Harris-Perry, a political science professor at Tulane University, is also a columnist for The Nation magazine, and will continue to write her monthly column, titled Sister Citizen. She'll continue to teach and write her monthly column, in addition to this new MSNBC gig. 

She'll also continue to be active on Twitter I'm sure :)

Additional information about Harris-Perry’s new program will be released closer to its launch on February 4th.

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  • AccidentalVisitor | January 8, 2012 1:10 PMReply

    Long overdue? Don't know about that. Its not as if most of these folks on MSNBC have been looking for their own TV show all of their working lives. Nonetheless it comes as no surprise she is getting her own gig, especially after Chris Hayes got his. This is a good and wise move by MSNBC.

    Sorry to hear though that "Up" is being pushed back one hour on Saturdays. 7 am start time was perfect for me.

  • Carita Anderson, Ph.D. | January 7, 2012 3:55 PMReply

    Dr. Harris-Perry, please. I hear from a friend who is a journalist that the only people who deserve to be addressed as "Dr." are physicians, but I beg to differ. Give the professor her due respect, please! Now, on to the show!

  • Linda | January 7, 2012 2:21 PMReply

    Congratulations! I will be watching the show.

  • Donella | January 6, 2012 12:17 PMReply

    Read the Sister Citizen book. Liked it, especially the notes section.

  • deapp | January 6, 2012 11:13 AMReply

    Great Melissa! White folk get shaky when to many Black people get they own show now so hang in there.

  • Mekisha Hale | January 6, 2012 3:03 AMReply

    MSNBC is starting to becoming an network with a lot very impressive voices on this network. Then more I can say for the rest of them. Just great news for MSNBC network. Specially with the weekend. "Melissa Harris-Perry" point of view is refreshing, MSNBC has done it again which will be successful show for "Melissa Harris-Perry".

  • Michael Bowman | January 5, 2012 11:54 PMReply

    Well, it's about time. Congratulations to a wonderful host who deserves this slot. Well done Professor Perry!

  • Ms.Yvette | January 5, 2012 3:38 PMReply

    This is why I just love MSNBC........ Thxs for the intellectually diverse, fair and balance reporting, Mr. Griffin u deserve an award.......

  • roberto | January 5, 2012 3:31 PMReply

    i LOVE melissa, cant wait for her show!! will watch every week!!

  • artbizzy | January 5, 2012 3:26 PMReply

    Melissa is so brilliant! I am very happy for her.

  • Chrystal | January 5, 2012 3:17 PMReply

    Congratulations to Melissa Harris-Perry on having her own show on MSNBC - I will need to add it to my viewing lineup.

  • H. Vail Barrett jr. | January 5, 2012 1:58 PMReply

    Congratulations to Melissa Harris -Perry for having her" classroom" expanded by MSNBC.
    The Wisdom of our nation, regarding our past, will be increased by her historic insights .May her depth of knowledge, intelligence, female vitality and beauty be part of all American lives for many years to come! From one who heard Dr. King speak in 1967 and with admiration for your work please continue to be part of the national dialog that makes us a better people.
    Sincerely, H. Vail Barrett jr.( Grandson of 1st U.S.Ambassador to Israel, James G. McDonald)

  • Shanea | January 5, 2012 12:46 PMReply

    Yay! This is Great news!

  • Sergio | January 5, 2012 11:59 AMReply

    It was obvious this was going to happen. The network has been grooming her for some time for her own show having her as a regular pundit and commentator and subbing as host for several shows especially Lawrence O' Donnell's show. She's got the goods; quick, smart, funny, perceptive and it doesn't hurt that she's a cutie as well

  • J | January 5, 2012 11:46 AMReply

    Finally! :)

  • SayNay | January 5, 2012 11:45 AMReply

    About time!

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