MSNBC continues to build out its weekend lineup with programs led by left-leaning commentators.
The latest addition is a program hosted by Melissa Harris-Perry, a professor at Tulane University and a regular on the channel. Her still-untitled program will run from 10 AM to noon on Saturdays and Sundays, and will debut February 4, Harris-Perry said in a tweet. The weekend show allows her to keep her day job at Tulane:
Best part of a weekend show? I don’t have to give up life in the academy. I’ll still live in NOLA & teach at Tulane during the week.
— Melissa Harris-Perry (@MHarrisPerry) January 5, 2012
Update: MSNBC just sent out their official release. “Up with Chris Hayes” will now run from 8-10AM Saturday and Sunday, while Alex Witt will anchor from 7-8AM on Saturday, and 12-2PM Saturday and Sunday. Witt will anchor the same number of hours she had before, just at a later time (and earlier on Saturdays).
Alex Witt currently anchors “Weekends with Alex Witt” from 9AM-12PM on Saturdays and 10AM-12PM on Sundays.
Chris Hayes started hosting his program “Up with Chris Hayes” on MSNBC on weekend mornings late last year.
MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY TO DEBUT WEEKEND PROGRAM ON MSNBC—FEBRUARY 4th 10 AM-NOON ET
WEEKEND LIVE PROGRAMMING TO EXPAND: “WEEKENDS WITH ALEX WITT” TO AIR 7-8 AM ET SATURDAYS, NOON-2 PM ET SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
“UP W/CHRIS HAYES” TO AIR 8-10 AM ET SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
NEW YORK—January 4, 2012—MSNBC contributor Melissa Harris-Perry is the latest addition to MSNBC’s expanding weekend lineup. Her new program, set to air Saturdays and Sundays 10a-noon ET, will debut on MSNBC February 4th. The announcement was made by MSNBC President Phil Griffin. Chris Hayes will continue to lead off MSNBC’s weekend programming with his popular roundtable program ‘Up,’ which will begin airing from 8-10am ET on both Saturdays and Sundays. MSNBC anchor Alex Witt will expand MSNBC’s live news coverage in both the morning and the afternoon, with “Weekends with Alex Witt” airing 7-8a ET Saturdays and noon-2p ET on Saturdays and Sundays.
Harris-Perry, a long-standing political analyst and contributor to MSNBC, is a frequent guest of “PoliticsNation” with Rev. Al Sharpton, and also serves as occasional host of “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “The Last Word.” A highly accomplished author, scholar and speaker, Harris-Perry’s new program will continue MSNBC’s trend of bringing intelligent, informed voices to the cable channel’s weekend programming.
“Melissa’s thoughtful analysis has been an incredible addition to our primetime programs and I’m thrilled to have her join our expanded weekend line-up,” said Griffin. “Alex Witt has led our weekend programming for many years and will continue to be our chief weekend news anchor, kicking-off and wrapping up our live coverage each day. Weekend mornings are a time when our audience wants intelligent political conversation, as the success of Chris Hayes has shown, in addition to coverage of all the headlines. As the political year gets underway, there’s no better time to build up our weekend coverage, which Alex has helmed so well for years.”
“This is an extraordinary opportunity,” said Harris-Perry. “All I’ve ever wanted to be is a teacher. Phil Griffin and MSNBC are giving me the chance to have a much bigger classroom. I’m particularly excited to join the growing weekend lineup where we have a chance to take a longer and broader view of the week’s political news.”
In addition to her role at MSNBC, Melissa Harris-Perry is also columnist for The Nation magazine, and will continue to write her monthly column, titled Sister Citizen. Harris-Perry is also a Professor of Political Science at Tulane University, where she will continue to teach, and is the Founding Director of the Anna Julia Cooper Project on Gender, Race, and Politics in the South, housed at the university’s Newcomb College Institute. A celebrated author, Harris-Perry recently published her second book, Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America (Yale 2011), which examines the effects of persistent harmful stereotypes on black women’s politics. Her first book, Barbershops, Bibles, and BET: Everyday Talk and Black Political Thought, won the 2005 W. E. B. Du Bois Book Award and 2005 Best Book Award from the Race and Ethnic Politics Section of the American Political Science Association.
In 2009, Harris-Perry became the youngest scholar to deliver the W.E.B. Du Bois Lectures at Harvard University, as well as the youngest woman ever to deliver the prestigious Ware Lecture. Harris-Perry received her B.A. in English from Wake Forest University, her Ph.D. in political science from Duke University and an honorary doctorate from Meadville Lombard Theological School.
Additional information about Harris-Perry’s new program will be released closer to its launch on February 4th.