Karen Finney named new MSNBC weekend host

Karen Finney WP
Karen Finney WP

msnbc has tapped Karen Finney as the host for a new afternoon program airing weekends from 4-5 p.m.

Finney, who served as the first African-American spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee, has been an msnbc political analyst and guest host on the network since 2009.

“Karen’s rich background in both education policy and politics will add a unique point of view to our expanding live weekend programming,” said msnbc President Phil Griffin in a statement.

Prior to her time at the DNC, when she led the party’s media strategy during the 2006 midterm elections and the 2008 presidential elections, Finney served as the deputy press secretary to then-first lady Hillary Clinton and deputy director of presidential scheduling for President Bill Clinton.

More details on Finney’s new show and launch date will be announced in coming weeks.

The addition of Finney to the weekend programming lineup comes after msnbc host Ed Schultz announced the Ed Show would be moving to weekend evenings from 5-7 p.m., and former Up host Chris Hayes moved from weekend mornings to the prime time 8 p.m. slot for the new show All In.