Via The New York Times this morning, some welcome news:
Joy Reid, who rose to television fame as a sharp critic of President Trump and commentator on liberal politics and race, will become the host of a new nightly show on MSNBC, the network plans to announce on Thursday, placing her among a handful of Black women to anchor an American evening news program.
Ms. Reid, 51, who has hosted the MSNBC weekend talk show “AM Joy” since 2016, will move to the 7 p.m. hour on July 20. Her show, “The ReidOut,” succeeds “Hardball” and its host, Chris Matthews, who was forced to resign in March after a series of on-air gaffes and accusations of sexist behavior in the workplace.
Ms. Reid’s promotion is a significant programming move by Cesar Conde, the new chairman of NBC’s news networks. Black women, including Gayle King of CBS and Robin Roberts of ABC, hold leading roles in morning and daytime television, but none currently host a nightly evening show on a major network. The last to do so was Gwen Ifill, who co-anchored “PBS NewsHour” until shortly before her death in 2016.
Sending all my love, pride, and thrilled congratulations to the brilliant @JoyAnnReid as she begins this historic next phase. You’ve earned it sis and we are with you. ❤️
— Melissa Harris-Perry (@MHarrisPerry) July 9, 2020
Breaking news: Joy Reid has been tapped to serve as MSNBC's permanent host at 7 p.m. Her new D.C.-based show, "The ReidOut," will launch on July 20.
“It’s pretty overwhelming,” she told me. “It is a huge responsibility.”https://t.co/dtnJir1Inp
— Jeremy Barr (@jeremymbarr) July 9, 2020
— Jonathan Capehart (@CapehartJ) July 9, 2020