Melissa Harris-Perry Joining MSNBC as Weekend Anchor

January 5, 2012  |  

Professor Melissa Harris-Perry has gone from stand-in on MSNBC—often filling in for Rachel Maddow or Lawrence O’Donnell— to full-time weekend anchor, thanks to her thoughtful analysis and provocative commentary.

The network made the announcement today, stating professor Harris-Perry’s newscasts will run every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 12Noon EST starting February 4.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity. All I’ve ever wanted to be is a teacher,” she says. “Phil Griffin and MSNBC are giving me the chance to have a much bigger classroom. I’m particularly excited to join the growing weekend lineup where we have a chance to take a longer and broader view of the week’s political news.”

Melissa Harris-Perry will continue to teach as a a professor of Political Science at Tulane University, and she will also continue to write her Sister Citizen column for The Nation magazine. It’s great to see more women of color with a voice in the media.

Will you watch professor Harris-Perry on MSNBC’s weekend newscast?

Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.

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