Harris is a political science professor at Tulane University, columnist for The Nation magazine and frequent political analyst for Rev. Al Sharpton’s “PoliticsNation,” “The Rachel Maddow Show” and “The Last Word.”
MSNBC President Phil Griffin said in a statement:
“Melissa’s thoughtful analysis has been an incredible addition to our primetime programs and I’m thrilled to have her join our expanded weekend line-up. Alex Witt has led our weekend programming for many years and will continue to be our chief weekend news anchor, kicking-off and wrapping up our live coverage each day. Weekend mornings are a time when our audience wants intelligent political conversation, as the success of Chris Hayes has shown, in addition to coverage of all the headlines. As the political year gets underway, there’s no better time to build up our weekend coverage, which Alex has helmed so well for years.”
Harris says she is excited for the new opportunity which allows her to stay in the New Orleans and teach at Tulane.
“This is an extraordinary opportunity,” she said. “All I’ve ever wanted to be is a teacher. 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.”
Her new program is set to air Saturdays and Sundays at 10 a.m. ET. Chris Hayes’ “Up” will continue to lead the weekend lineup, followed by Harris and anchor Alex Witt will fill out the roster with “Weekends With Alex Witt.”
Harris’ show is yet to be titled and will premiere Feb. 4.