NBC “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd this afternoon emailed colleagues to confirm that Luke Russert will join the program – that his late-father Tim Russert hosted for 17 years – as a regular contributor. He’ll contribute both on Sundays and online throughout the week.
“Luke has an impressive love for politics and has proven himself on the Capitol Hill beat,” wrote Todd and acting executive producer John Reiss to “MTP” staff. “He’ll continue in his current role reporting for the network and MSNBC, but he’ll also branch out to take on new projects specifically for us.”
Russert joins “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough, BuzzFeed’s Washington bureau chief John Stanton, and WaPo’s Nia-Malika Henderson as regular “MTP” contributors.
In an email to FishbowlDC, NBC again reaffirmed that rumors Russert was given a $500,000 bonus for joining the program are untrue.
Todd and Reiss’ note to staff after the jump.
From: Chuck Todd
Subject: Exciting News about 24/7 MTP…
While we’re all busy working on this Sunday’s show, John and I want to take a minute to share some news about our larger plans for the future of ‘Meet the Press’ throughout the week.
We’ve talked a lot about establishing ‘Meet’ as the preeminent politics brand of NBC News and expanding our daily relevance beyond Sunday mornings. And a lot has been written about who might be involved in our future. We’re now happy to announce that Luke Russert will be an important part of our 24/7 identity and will become a regular contributor to MTP, not just on air on Sundays, but online Mondays through Saturdays as well.
Luke has an impressive love for politics and has proven himself on the Capitol Hill beat. He’ll continue in his current role reporting for the network and MSNBC, but he’ll also branch out to take on new projects specifically for us. He’ll be a valuable part of our mission to highlight what’s working outside Washington. He’s already moving forward on a series of digital reports profiling innovative leaders in public life, the private sector, philanthropy, and anywhere else around the country where folks are ignoring partisanship and tackling problems in interesting ways.
We want ‘Meet the Press’ to be a home for all of our colleagues who love politics — every day of the week. We’re excited about Luke’s energy and creativity and look forward to the many talents he’ll add to the mix.
Join us in welcoming Luke to the team.
Chuck and John