Joy-Ann Reid Gets Permanent Prime-Time Slot On MSNBC
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Joy-Ann Reid is getting a prime-time news show on MSNBC. The New York Times announced the news on Thursday, saying that Reid would join the ranks of very few Black women who have held a hosting position during those hours.

“Evening and prime-time news has been a universe of White men really since I was growing up,” Reid told the Times. “For somebody who grew up as a nerdy kid obsessed with news, watching Nightline and Meet the Press, the idea of being a part of that family has always just been kind of overwhelming.”

Reid’s new show, The ReidOut, is taking the 7 p.m. time slot previously held by Chris Matthews, the former host of Hardball who was ousted from the network following a number of gaffs and nearly three decades on the air. Unlike Matthews, Reid has often taken a more liberal approach to the news, gaining popularity for her outspoken nature toward Donald Trump and her social media savvy.

In addition to covering Capitol Hill, the Brooklyn-born journalist told the Times that she is also looking forward to addressing race, class, policing and other “cataclysmic social issues we need to reckon with.”

Joy-Ann Reid graces cover of ESSENCE Woke 100 issue
Joy-Ann Reid was featured on the cover of ESSENCE’s first-ever WOKE 100 issue for her advocacy and efforts in pushing the culture forward. (Photo: ESSENCE)

Praise for NBC’s decision to officially promote the AM Joy host to the 7 p.m. slot has been well received on social media. Numerous voices in the political space have chimed in to send Reid well-wishes, including Zerlina Maxwell, Tiffany D. Cross and veteran journalist Dan Rather.

Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, also showed her support, tweeting, “This is terrific news. ⁦@JoyAnnReid⁩ is so brilliant and well-informed. She has curated a much-needed space for fresh, tough, important dialogue with diverse guests. Congratulations ⁦@JoyAnnReid⁩!”

Ifill is the sister of former PBS NewsHour anchor, Gwen Ifill. She was the last Black woman to host a nightly news show on a major mainstream network. Reid credits the late journalist who passed away in 2016 among her greatest role models. 

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