NBC News Hires Former RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel

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In one of the most high-profile hires of the 2024 election cycle, NBC News is bringing on former Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel as an on-air contributor.

McDaniel will make her NBC debut on Sunday’s Meet the Press, and will appear on NBC, MSNBC and NBC News Now programming.

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McDaniel, the former head of the Michigan Republican party, took over the leadership role at the RNC in 2017. She stepped down last month, and Sunday’s interview will be her first since leaving the RNC. A source says conversations about the interview began well before she was hired as a contributor.

NBC News senior vp politics Carrie Budoff Brown announced McDaniel’s hiring to staff Friday.

“It couldn’t be a more important moment to have a voice like Ronna’s on the team,” Budoff Brown wrote. “As chair of the Republican National Committee, she spent nearly eight years at the highest levels of American politics before stepping down earlier this year. As we gear up for the longest general election season in recent memory, she will support our leading coverage by providing an insider’s perspective on national politics and on the future of the Republican Party — which she led through some of the most turbulent and challenging moments in political history. And as a longtime Michigan resident, she’ll be an important voice from one of this year’s key battlegrounds.”

Read Budoff Brown’s memo, below.

All: 

I’m pleased to announce Ronna McDaniel is joining us as an NBC News political analyst. She will contribute her expert insight and analysis on American politics and the 2024 election across all NBC News platforms. 

It couldn’t be a more important moment to have a voice like Ronna’s on the team. As chair of the Republican National Committee, she spent nearly eight years at the highest levels of American politics before stepping down earlier this year. As we gear up for the longest general election season in recent memory, she will support our leading coverage by providing an insider’s perspective on national politics and on the future of the Republican Party — which she led through some of the most turbulent and challenging moments in political history. And as a longtime Michigan resident, she’ll be an important voice from one of this year’s key battlegrounds.

NBC News has a legacy of serving its audience through reporting that reflects and examines the diverse perspectives of American voters. Ronna joins a stable of leading political minds from across the political spectrum who contribute to our coverage — including Marc Short, Ben Rhodes, former Gov. John Kasich, former Sen. Claire McCaskill, David Plouffe, Brendan Buck, and many others. Together, this variety of voices builds on our rigorous reporting and helps bring audiences and voters closer to the thinking and decision making within our halls of power. 

It’s a crucial mission — and one that NBC News performs like no other. Please join me in welcoming Ronna to the network.

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