Josh Earnest Named NBC News, MSNBC Political Analyst

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• March 27, 2017 10:12 am


Former President Barack Obama's final press secretary, Josh Earnest, was named an NBC News and MSNBC political analyst on Monday morning.

Earnest, a Kansas City native, served as White House press secretary from 2014 to 2017.

Axios obtained an internal memo from NBC New President Noah Oppenheim and MSNBC President Phil Griffin announcing the hire.

"A native of Kansas City, Josh graduated from Rice University with a degree in political science and policy studies. With his wealth of experience and insight, Josh will be a great addition to our roster of contributors and will be an asset for our two networks as we continue to cover the White House, Congress, and politics beyond the Beltway," the memo read.

Earnest, 42, stopped by MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Monday to announce his new job.

He joins a string of recent former White press secretaries who have joined network and cable news outlets after leaving government, the Hill noted.

Two of Obama's former press secretaries, Jay Carney and Robert Gibbs, were hired by CNN and MSNBC, respectively, after leaving the White House.

Ari Fleischer, who worked in the George W. Bush administration from 2001 to 2003, became a CNN contributor from 2011 to 2013. Tony Snow, who was a Fox News host before serving under Bush in 2006, then went to CNN after this tenure in government. He passed away in 2008.

Dana Perino, another former Bush press secretary, later signed with Fox News and is currently a co-host for "The Five."