President Obama's White House press secretary Josh Earnest has joined NBC News as a political analyst.
Earnest made his debut on Monday morning's Today and Morning Joe, with Today announcing Earnest's new position, followed by the below staff memo sent out by NBC News president Noah Oppenheim and MSNBC president Phil Griffin.
Earnest spent 10 years working with Obama, starting as the then-Senator's Iowa communications director in March 2007. He served as deputy communications director during the 2008 general election. He most notably served as White House press secretary from 2014 to 2017.
Read Oppenheim and Griffin's full staff memo below.
We are pleased to announce that Josh Earnest will join NBC News and MSNBC as a Political Analyst. As you may have seen, he made his debut this morning on TODAY and Morning Joe.
Josh recently completed a ten-year run with President Obama, most recently serving as White House Press Secretary from 2014-2017.
Josh joined the Obama presidential campaign in March 2007 as the Iowa communications director, and went on to serve as deputy communications director during the 2008 general election. Josh has also worked on numerous national, statewide and local campaigns over the course of his twenty years in politics.
A native of Kansas City, Josh graduated from Rice University with a degree in political science and policy studies.
With his wealth of experience and insight, Josh will be a great addition to our roster of contributors and will be an asset for our two networks as we continue to cover the White House, Congress and politics beyond the Beltway.
Please join us in welcoming Josh.
Noah and Phil