Karen Finney To Host Weekend Show On MSNBC

By Alex Weprin 

MSNBC’s programming expansion on the weekends continues, as the channel has named Karen Finney as the host of a new program from 4-5 PM on Saturdays and Sundays. The name and launch date for the new show are still to be determined.

Finney has been an MSNBC contributor since 2009, and has a 20+ year career in politics. A former spokeswoman and communications director for the Democratic National Committee, Finney has worked for the Clinton White House and Hillary Clinton’s Senate campaign. She has also served as communications director for the New York city school system, and for the late Elizabeth Edwards.

“Karen’s rich background in both education policy and politics will add a unique point of view to our expanding live weekend programming,” said Phil Griffin, president of MSNBC in a statement.

Finney will be leading into Ed Schultz’s new weekend program, which will air from 5-7 PM. The hours of 2-4 PM could also be getting new programming soon, as right now they feature general newsroom programming anchored by strong>Craig Melvin. That said, “Meet the Press” does re-air on MSNBC at 2 PM, so those hours could still be reserved for reruns or documentaries.