MSNBC Strengthens Booking Efforts By Promoting Two Veteran Producers

By A.J. Katz 

MSNBC is strengthening its booking department by naming two veteran producers to brand new roles.

MSNBC president Phil Griffin announced this morning that Sarah Baker and Jesse Rodriguez have been named directors of booking for MSNBC.

Baker and Rodriguez will be working closely with Griffin, MSNBC dayside chief Janelle Rodriguez, and MSNBC svp of programming and development Jonathan Wald.

“I’ve asked them to focus on three things, in concert with all show teams across the network,” Griffin noted in the announcement. “Eliminating duplication; managing our current stable of diverse and talented contributors; developing new voices to expand our group of experts and contributors.”

Baker will remain in Washington, and will be the point person for guests and contributors. Rodriguez, a longtime producer for Morning Joe, will now focus his efforts on high-profile guests in the afternoon and prime time and will continue to be based in New York.