In a wide-ranging interview, Rashida Jones talks about leading MSNBC through a post-Trump ratings slump and a period of increasing social discord.
Rashida Jones, the first Black woman to run a major cable news channel, hopes streaming will cultivate the next generation of news junkies.
Rashida Jones will succeed the retiring Phil Griffin as president of MSNBC on Feb. 1, 2021, the network announced on Monday. She’s the first Black executive to lead one of the major cable networks. Cesar Conde, the new chairman of the NBCUniversal News Group, has made diversity one of his top priorities.
Rashida Jones, an NBC News executive whose oversight of special programming has put her more in demand in recent months, has been placed in charge of MSNBC’s daytime schedule. Her appointment comes after she has organized several big-headline programs during a punishing news cycle that has included town-hall events, political debates and special reports centered on the 2020 election and the coronavirus pandemic.