‘Meet the Press’ Makeover Continues with New Acting Executive Producer

Meet the Press - Season 67NBC News SVP Alex Wallace announced today that John Reiss will join NBC’s “Meet the Press” as acting executive producer, replacing Rob Yarin, who assumed the same role in August 2013 with David Gregory as moderator. TVNewser was first to report that Reiss joins as Chuck Todd prepares to take over as host of the world’s longest running television program this Sunday, September 7.

Reiss for the past seven years served as EP of MSNBC’s “Hardball with Chris Matthews” and prior to that was an EP for “NBC Nightly News” and “Dateline” producer.

Wallace writes that Yarin, who will continue in a new role with “MTP,” will “be integral to establishing a 24/7 editorial presence and ramping up our digital strategy.”

On Friday, FishbowlDC reported that 23-year NBC News veteran – 11 as “MTP” EP – Betsy Fischer Martin would depart the peacock network that day.

See Wallace’s full note to staff, after the jump.


We have an exciting week ahead as we prepare for Chuck’s debut as moderator of Meet the Press this Sunday. We’re beginning a new era — and we’re building the foundation together by shaping and defining our new vision.

To lead these efforts day-to-day, John Reiss will serve as acting executive producer. As many of you know, John has been working closely with Chuck and the team over the past several weeks to help get the new MTP off the ground, advising on everything from editorial planning to studio renovations. John is on loan to us from his day job as executive producer of MSNBC’s Hardball, where he has worked for nearly 7 years, following a long career at NBC News, including two years as EP of NBC Nightly News.

Rob Yarin will continue to play a key role with Meet the Press. In addition to overseeing several big MTP-related projects and initiatives we have planned, he will be integral to establishing a 24/7 editorial presence and ramping up our digital strategy. We are grateful for the leadership and expertise both Rob and John bring to the table as we continue to evolve this special program.