After more than nine years as a primary anchor on MSNBC, Chris Jansing is moving west to the NBC News Los Angeles Bureau where she will be a full-time correspondent for the network. Jansing filled-in in the bureau late last year, covering the southern California wildfires.
Jansing, who joined MSNBC in 1998, has anchored coverage of some of the biggest news stories of the last decade: the undecided 2000 Presidential election, 9/11/01, the Papal transition and the Torino Olympics to name just a few.
Jansing will be based in Burbank and will contribute to NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams and Today. She will also continue as a contributing anchor on MSNBC.
The NBC News press release is after the jump…
CHRIS JANSING NAMED NBC NEWS CORRESPONDENT
NEW YORK – January 23, 2008 – Chris Jansing has been named NBC News correspondent, effective immediately. Jansing will be based in Burbank and will contribute to all NBC News properties, including “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” “Today” and as a contributing anchor MSNBC. The announcement was made today by NBC News President Steve Capus.
Jansing joined NBC News in June 1998 as an anchor for MSNBC and has covered major national and international stories for NBC News. Most recently, Jansing reported live from Southern California on the devastating fires affecting the region. She played a vital role in MSNBC’s “Super Tuesday” coverage throughout 2007 and anchored MSNBC’s coverage of the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino. In addition, Jansing anchored MSNBC’s “Ethical Edge,” a series of award-winning specials examining the ethical values and basic questions of right and wrong at the heart of news stories.
She has covered the “Return to Flight” for the Space Shuttle Discovery, and spent nearly five weeks in Rome for the funeral of Pope John Paul II and the election of Pope Benedict XVI.
She traveled to 23 states for the presidential campaign of 2004, and reported an award-winning series called “Battleground America”. Her extensive coverage of the 2000 election included the decisive events over 36 days in Tallahassee, Florida. Among other major stories, Jansing covered the terrorist attacks on September 11 as the events unfolded. Her numerous assignments in the Middle East included coverage of Pope John Paul’s 2000 pilgrimage to the Holy Land and President Clintonâ€™s visit to Gaza in 1998.
In addition to working at MSNBC, Jansing worked as a correspondent for “Dateline NBC” and as a substitute anchor for “Weekend Today” and the Sunday edition of “NBC Nightly News.”
Before joining the NBC News, Jansing co-anchored the evening news for WNYT-TV Albany, where she started as a general assignment reporter in 1981. While there, she was honored with numerous awards, including two Emmys. Jansing has also received many community service awards for her commitment to children. She began her journalism career working both for newspapers and radio stations in Ohio and New York.
A native of Fairport Harbor, Ohio, Jansing graduated from Otterbein College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism.