Thomas Roberts Joins MSNBC Fulltime

By Chris Ariens Comment

Even though it’s been official for a few weeks, now it’s really official because an MSNBC press release says so.

Thomas Roberts is joining the network fulltime as an anchor. Roberts, who’s worked for HLN and “Entertainment Tonight” has appeared regularly on MSNBC over the past year. He’s anchored several dayside hours and filled in for Keith Olbermann on “Countdown.” While he won’t have a regular timeslot, insiders tell us MSNBC wanted to sign Roberts before another network or program did.

The “official” press release after the jump…


NEW YORK, NY—December 20, 2010—Award-winning journalist Thomas Roberts has joined MSNBC as an anchor, effective immediately. Roberts has appeared regularly on MSNBC over the past year, anchoring MSNBC Live as well as serving as a fill-in anchor for “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” and “First Look.” Roberts will continue to anchor various hours of MSNBC’s dayside programming.

“Thomas is a very talented anchor who has impressed all of us over the last year,” said Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC. “With his addition, we’re continuing to build a truly outstanding dayside anchor team.”

Before joining MSNBC in April 2010 as a freelance anchor, Roberts served as a correspondent for CBS News. He also contributed to several entertainment shows including “Entertainment Tonight” and “The Insider.” Prior to that, Roberts was a news anchor for CNN Headline News.

Roberts is an award-winning journalist, having received a 2002 Emmy nomination and a Virginia Associated Press award for his work on the documentary, “Parvo Puppies.” He also received an Edward R. Murrow award in 2001 for a documentary that he produced titled, “When Parents Don’t Pay.”

Roberts is a graduate of McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College). He resides in New York City.