CRAIG Melvin, longtime MSNBC anchor, is making a major move and leaving the network to focus on the Today show.
He will remain on NBC’s Today as a news anchor and continue to co-host Today’s Third Hour at 9am on weekday mornings.
The news was confirmed by an MSNBC representative March 14. Melvin will remain in the 11am slot until, March 31, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Currently, MSNBC’s 11am hour is called Craig Melvin Reports.
The network will bring in temporary hosts for that slot until they find a permanent replacement for Melvin, according to reports.
Melvin has been with MSNBC for more than a decade.
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He joined the network in 2011 from the Washington DC affiliate.
In addition to his work on Craig Melvin Reports and Today, he has worked as a weekday anchor and a co-host of NBC’s Saturday Today.
Melvin also hosts Dateline, the syndicated version of NBC’s true-crime series.
WHO IS CRAIG MELVIN?
Melvin grew up in Columbia, South Carolina with his parents and two siblings.
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He attended Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina – about two hours away from his hometown.
Melvin received his Bachelor’s degree in government in 2001. After graduating, he began his career in a news anchor position at WIS News10, NBC.
He moved to Washington, DC to anchor for NBC’s WRC-TV in 2008 and later took on the role for Today in 2011.
Melvin now lives in Connecticut with his wife and son.
During his time with MSNBC, Melvin has reported on the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, Election Night coverage, the Asiana Airlines 214 crash in 2013, the George Zimmerman trial, the Sandy Hook school shooting, and more.
He was most recently seen reporting in Beijing during the 2022 Olympics.
On The Today Show, Melvin has solidified his reputation sitting alongside Savannah Guthrie, Hoda Kotb, Carson Daly, and Al Roker.
CHANGES AT MSNBC
Melvin’s departure from the 11am hour comes in the midst of additional changes at the network.
Brian Williams recently left The 11th Hour after deciding not to renew his contract. Stephanie Ruhle has taken over that late-night hour.
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Rachel Maddow is also on a hiatus and could leave her show this year as well.
In addition, the network’s popular Morning Joe is expanding to a four-hour-long show as of April 4.
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