17 Oct.



MSNBC & NBC News Journalists Return to Politicon Oct. 20th & Oct. 21st


NEW YORK (October 17, 2018) – MSNBC today announced the network’s programming lineups for Politicon 2018, including panels, book signings, meet and greets, and a special NBC News Meet the Press Film Festival in Collaboration with the American Film Institute (AFI) screening in addition to interactive fan experiences and more. This marks the second year in a row that MSNBC is an official media partner of Politicon, with many of the network’s leading voices taking part in the weekend.

On Saturday, October 20th, MSNBC and NBC News anchors, correspondents and political analysts will take to the MSNBC stage at Politicon’s “Democracy Village” for a series of talks, panels and Q&As covering politics, media and pop culture. MSNBC’s 2018 schedule includes*:


11:00AM: Making Sense of the Midterms

o   Moderator: Ari Melber, Host of MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber” and MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent

o   Panelists: James Carville, Political Strategist; Cornell Belcher, President of Brilliant Corners Research and Strategies and MSNBC/NBC News Political Analyst; Michael Steele, former Republican National Committee Chair and MSNBC/NBC News Political Analyst; and Zerlina Maxwell, Director of Progressive Programming for SiriusXM and MSNBC/NBC News Political Analyst

o   Featuring: Trivia giveaway with a special video messages and analysis from Steve Kornacki, MSNBC/NBC News National Political Correspondent


12:00PM: Ari Melber Meet & Greet


12:30PM: Keeping Up with the Ever-Changing News Environment

o   Moderator: Kasie Hunt, Host of MSNBC’s “Kasie DC” and NBC News Capitol Hill Correspondent

o   Panelists: Ken Dilanian, NBC News National Security Reporter; Anand Girdharadas, Writer and Author; Philip Rucker, Washington Post White House Bureau Chief and MSNBC/NBC News Political Analyst; and Elise Jordan, former George W. Bush White House and State Department Aide and MSNBC/NBC News Political Analyst


2:00PM: Lessons from the Road with the 2018 Road Warriors

o   Moderator: Jacob Soboroff, MSNBC Correspondent

o   Panelists: Kasie Hunt, Host of MSNBC’s “Kasie DC” and NBC News Capitol Hill Correspondent; Gadi Schwartz, Co-Host of NBC News’ “Stay Tuned” and NBC News Correspondent; and Morgan Radford, NBC News Correspondent


3:00PM: Lawrence O’Donnell Book Signing – Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics


4:00PM: Stranger than Fiction

o   Moderator: Lawrence O’Donnell, Host of MSNBC’s “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell”

o   Panelists: Richard Schiff, Actor (Toby Ziegler on “The West Wing”); Josh Malina, Actor (Will Bailey on “The West Wing”); and Ben Rhodes, former Barack Obama White House Staffer


5:30PM: Afternoon Joy

o   Moderator: Joy Reid, Host of MSNBC’s “AM Joy” and MSNBC Political Analyst

o   Panelists: Karine Jean-Pierre, MoveOn Senior Advisor and National Spokesperson and former Barack Obama White House Staffer; and Tiffany Cross, The Beat DC Co-Founder and Managing Editor


6:30PM: Joy Reid Book Signing – Fracture: Barack Obama, the Clintons, and the Racial Divide


On Sunday, October 21st, NBC News is bringing the Meet the Press Film Festival in Collaboration with AFI to Los Angeles for a special screening and panel discussion. Following its world premiere at the second-annual Meet the Press Film Festival with AFI earlier this month in Washington, D.C., Netflix’s “Out of Many, One” will hit the big screen at Politicon. The film features how one museum uses art, artifacts and historical documents to help green card holders prepare for the Naturalization Test and, in turn, become U.S. citizens. Immediately after the film, a panel discussion will be held between MSNBC and NBC News’ Kasie Hunt and the filmmaker, John Hoffman. In addition, a selection of films from the Meet the Press Film Festival with AFI is available to watch via NBCNEWS.com/MTPFilm, now through November 4th.


12:00PM: Special Screening of the film “Out of Many, One,” presented by the Meet the Press Film Festival with AFI and followed by a Q&A discussion with the filmmaker, John Hoffman

o   Film: Netflix’s “Out of Many, One”

o   Moderator: Kasie Hunt, Host of MSNBC’s “Kasie DC” and NBC News Capitol Hill Correspondent

o   Panelists: John Hoffman, “Out of Many, One” Director


*NOTE: All times are local and the timing/guests are subject to change.


As an official media partner of Politicon, MSNBC’s presence will extend beyond the stage that weekend on both Saturday and Sunday. In “Democracy Village,” fans will have the opportunity to meet some of their favorite MSNBC stars, check out interactive photo opportunities, grab a custom-made tote bag from the MSNBC printing press, snag a cup of “Morning Joe” coffee, register to vote with HeadCount and more.

Additionally, NBC News will feature its Election Confessions franchise at the event. Attendees will be able to anonymously “confess” their thoughts and wishes about the 2018 midterm elections at the Election Confessions voting booths. Between now and November 6th, anyone can also visit ElectionConfessions.com to submit their “confessions” online. These “confessions” will be curated for an interactive digital special on NBCNews.com and read by anchors on air on NBC News and MSNBC.

At the fourth annual gathering, Politicon attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy a full weekend of debates and panels, radio and TV broadcasts, podcasts, Q&A’s comedy shows, book signings, interviews, and meet and greets. With 10 stages you’ll be able to get up close and personal with political heavyweights, revel in the endless humor, and maybe even interact with a few of history’s greatest leaders, just two weeks before the Midterm Elections. For more information, please visit: politicon.com


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