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MSNBC’S Joy Reid Becomes First Black Woman to Anchor an Evening Cable News Show

Thursday, MSNBC announced Joy Reid will anchor a new evening news program called “The ReidOut”. The show is set to premiere weeknights at 7 PM beginning July 20. Reid is making history becoming the first Black woman to host a primetime cable news show.

“I’m honored and thankful for this opportunity,” said Reid in a statement released by MSNBC.

Reid, also a New York Times best-selling author, formerly hosted “AM Joy” also on MSNBC. Reid said,

“I’ll always be proud of the work we did on ‘AM Joy’ by pushing the envelope and tackling pragmatic conversations. I’m eager to carry that same energy into the 7 p.m. hour where we can continue to build on bringing in diverse, smart, and accomplished voices to the table on topics that are important to our viewers.”

Reid, who has been with MSNBC since 2011, brings decades of experience in covering politics including coverage of the Women’s March, Trayvon Martin shooting, and protests surrounding the death of Freddie Gray. Reid previously spent time as producer and host for Radio One.

MSNBC President Phil Griffin said,

“I’m thrilled to have Joy on five nights a week. She’s thoughtful and brings so much depth to her reporting. She’s made for this moment.”

According to MSNBC, “The ReidOut” will “feature one-on-one conversations with politicians and newsmakers while addressing provocative political issues.”

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