February 19, 2013
David Axelrod (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press)
David Axelrod (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press)

NBC News is announcing that David Axelrod, a top adviser to both of Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns, as well as a former White House aide, is bringing his political skills to NBC News as well as to MSNBC. He’ll be contributing “frequently across all broadcasts and platforms of both networks,” says an NBC release on the matter.

“Axe” may occasionally bump into former Team Obama mate Robert Gibbs, who started his stint as NBC News/MSNBC contributor last week.

Here’s the full release from NBC News/MSNBC:

DAVID AXELROD JOINS NBC NEWS AND MSNBC AS SENIOR POLITICAL ANALYST

FEBRUARY 19, 2013 – David Axelrod, former White House senior advisor and senior strategist for President Obama’s 2008 and 2012 campaigns, has joined NBC News and MSNBC as a senior political analyst. He will contribute frequently across all broadcasts and platforms of both networks.

For nearly three decades, Axelrod guided successful campaigns at every level on the ballot. He began his career as a journalist, spending eight years as a political writer, columnist and City Hall bureau chief for the Chicago Tribune before stepping into politics in 1984. He founded Axelrod and Associates, a political and media consulting firm which became AKPD Message and Media. He later founded the communications management firm ASGK Public Strategies.

Axelrod, an alumnus of the University of Chicago, was recently named director of the university’s new Institute of Politics, and as a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Harris School of Public Policy. He previously worked as an Adjunct Professor of Communication Studies at Northwestern University.

The NBC News and MSNBC roster of esteemed political analysts also includes Steve Schmidt, former senior campaign strategist and advisor to the 2008 Presidential campaign of Senator John McCain, Michael Steele former chairman of the Republican National Committee and two-term former Governor of Pennsylvania Ed Rendell.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.