Published on: 05/19/2011   |   All 2011 Press Releases

Chris Licht, co-creator and original executive producer of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” will join CBS News as Vice President of Programming, it was announced today by CBS News Chairman and "60 Minutes" Executive Producer Jeff Fager, and David Rhodes, President, CBS News. In this role, Licht will oversee programming and development for CBS News broadcasts and platforms effective June 6.

“Chris is one of the most talented producers in this business, and it is great for CBS News that he is joining us,” said Fager. “He will be a significant partner in improving our existing broadcasts and developing new ones.”

“Chris is an innovator and we’re thrilled to have his talents here at CBS News,” said Rhodes. “He’ll bring a fresh perspective to the news division which will excite colleagues and audiences—just as he did in cable news and local broadcasting.”

“It would take something extraordinary to pull me away from the great ‘Morning Joe’ team,” said Licht. “I’m excited about the opportunity to become a part of the rich history at CBS News.”

Licht comes to CBS News with a wealth of experience in television news and an inventive style evidenced throughout his remarkable career. He was at the helm of “Morning Joe” as the show garnered critical acclaim for its refreshing interviews with newsmakers and unique perspective on the top news stories. In addition to covering nearly every important news event in recent history, he led “Morning Joe’s” comprehensive on-location coverage of the 2008 election.

Before “Morning Joe,” Licht partnered with Joe Scarborough on MSNBC’s “Scarborough Country” as senior producer and then was elevated to the position of executive producer.

Licht has worked at various levels of the electronic news business. He began his career at KNBC in Los Angeles, distinguishing himself early on during the OJ Simpson trial. Over the next seven years at KNBC, he moved up to special projects producer, coordinated the station’s Olympics coverage, and then produced the Channel 4 News at 11 up to #1 in the market. In 2001, NBC moved Licht to the San Francisco Bay Area, where he played an integral role on the transition team during the network’s purchase of KNTV. Following the transition, he remained as executive producer. 

Licht’s first book, What I Learned When I Almost Died, will be published by Simon & Schuster later this month.

Licht graduated from Syracuse University's SI Newhouse School of Public Communication with a bachelor's in broadcast journalism and political science. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and their two sons.

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