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December 9, 2020

Rashida Jones Makes History at MSNBC as 1st Black President at Major Cable News Network

Rashida Jones, President of MSNBC

Rashida Jones has been appointed as the new president of MSNBC, making history as the first African American ever to lead a major cable news network in the U.S.

Jones started working at MSNBC in 2013. With her wit and hard work, Jones climbed up the ladder of success and became senior vice president for specials in 2017. She was also assigned to the major cable network's daytime and weekend news schedule earlier this year.

Most recently, Jones played a big role in MSNBC's coverage of the pandemic and the protests that escalated in June, series such as Justice for All and Climate in Crisis, as well as the 2020 election presidential debates.

"Rashida knows and understands MSNBC, in part because it’s where she started when she first joined NBCU seven years ago," NBCUniversal News Group Chairman Cesar Conde said in a statement to NBC News employees. "She knows that it is the people who work here that make it great, and she understands its culture. She also appreciates the impact and potential of the brand."

Jones is set to take over Phil Griffin, MSNBC's president for the past 25 years, in 2021.