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Jen Psaki Announces Her Next Career Move

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Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has her made her new career move with an announcement of a new job.

The former press secretary, who served her last day in the role this month, will be joining the team at the cable news network MSNBC, it said in a letter.

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“Jen Psaki, former White House Press Secretary, will join MSNBC this fall, appearing across all the network’s programs on cable and streaming, MSNBC President Rashida Jones announced today. ,” the network said in a press release on Tuesday.

“Psaki, a veteran former senior government official and campaign advisor, will host a new original program currently under development for streaming. The program, set to debut in the first quarter of 2023, will bring together her unique perspective from behind the podium and her deep experience in the highest levels of government and presidential politics to MSNBC viewers. Psaki will also appear on NBC and during MSNBC’s primetime special election programming throughout the midterms and 2024 presidential election,” it said.

“Jen’s sharp wit and relatability combined with the mastery of the subjects she covers have made her a household name across the nation,” the MSNBC president said. “Her extensive experience in government and on the campaign trail and perspective as a White House and Washington insider is the type of analysis that sets MSNBC apart. She’s a familiar face and trusted authority to MSNBC viewers, and we look forward to her insight during this consequential election season.”

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“Psaki most recently served as White House Press Secretary for the first 16 months of the Biden administration. She previously served as the White House Communications Director under former President Barack Obama and as the spokeswoman for the Department of State. She is an alum of John Kerry’s presidential campaign, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee as well as President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns and was a key member of the Biden-Harris transition team,” the press release said.

“Fact-based and thoughtful conversations about the big questions on the minds of people across the country have never been more important, and I’m thrilled to join the incredible MSNBC team,” the former press secretary said. “My time in government, from the White House to the State Department, and years before that on national political campaigns will fuel the insight and perspective I bring to this next chapter. I can’t wait to create a space on streaming where we break down the facts, get to the bottom of what’s driving the issues and hopefully have some fun along the way.”

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Rumors have been circulating that Psaki was set to join the network and the CNN and MSNBC had a bidding war to get her.

“So we have confirmed, from a source familiar with the situation, that Jen Psaki will be leaving her post here at the White House in the coming weeks. Sometime this spring, she’s going to be taking a job at MSNBC. I was told that there was a bidding war between CNN and MSNBC to get her on board,” Heinrich said to host Jared Halpern on The Fox News Rundown podcast.

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“There are some, you know, legal stipulations about how she has to go about her departure and contract signing, in terms of, you know, federal ethics rules. So she wants to be, you know, have her i’s dotted and t’s crossed on that front. But we do know she’s going to be leaving. There have been some reports from other outlets which I don’t have the details on, but Axios, for instance, reported that she’s going to be taking a show on Peacock to their streaming service, and then would also, you know, lend her voice to the programing on the cable channel during the day as well,” the journalist said.

As the journalist said, Psaki’s departure from the White House is not unexpected.

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“Yeah, she we’ve known, you know, for a while that she was going to head out. I think it was, you know, pretty much too soon after she got into this job that the expectation was that she would do it for a year. You know, she was out of government before this after having been in government for the Obama administration. So she sort of came back to this government job and didn’t plan on staying in it long term. And a year is, you know, it’s a good run for a press secretary. We don’t know who’s going to follow her up, but we are waiting to see,” she said.

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