NBC Today with Hoda & Jenna executive producer Joanne LaMarca Mathisen is leaving the 10 a.m. hour to spend more time with her family.
Mathisen’s NBC roots are deep. Her husband is CNBC Power Lunch co-anchor Tyler Mathisen, and she has spent nearly 33 years at the company rising from NBC Page to executive producer. After a stint as a field producer for Today often covering red carpet events, LaMarca Mathisen jumped to CNBC in 1997 as a field producer. Two years later, she moved to NBC News, where she continued to serve as a producer until 2017. In May 2019, she returned to NBC to launch Hoda & Jenna, after the retirement of Kathie Lee Gifford.
She planned to stay on the broadcast for a year, but ended up staying for 2 1/2.
Mathisen will remain at the broadcast through the end of August. In the interim, senior producers Meredith Reis and Rena Popp will manage the show on a day-to-day basis. They will both report to Today show chief Libby Leist, and the staff will continue to report to them until Mathisen’s replacement is named.