Hailing an expansion in Washington, D.C., coverage, NBC News today announced that MSNBC morning host Chris Jansing would move to a new position as NBC News senior White House correspondent. Since 2010, Jansing has anchored her eponymous program at the 10 a.m. slot at MSNBC.
In her new job, she’ll do a lot of reporting for “NBC Nightly News,” “providing day-to-day coverage of the Obama administration and White House politics,” according to a network release. Since joining the company in 1998, Jansing has been a frequent presence on the company’s cable and broadcast sides. “She is well known to the Nightly audience, having been a regular contributor for many years, and having covered every Olympics for Nightly News since 2006. Her wealth of experience and her ability to connect the political story to the American people make her a valued addition to our White House team,” said NBC News President Deborah Turness in her canned statement on the move.
As part of the announcement, Peter Alexander will transition from White House correspondent to national correspondent, meaning he’ll cover more of the nation from here on out.
The Jansing move makes abundant sense. She’s a steady and reliable news hand, as the Erik Wemple Blog can well attest, having watched her work in the tri-city area — Schenectady, Albany and Troy, N.Y. — back when Jansing was Chris Kapostasy, local TV reporter. Plus, her show on MSNBC, though steady and reliable, has been something of a snooze.
The company promises to name a replacement for Jansing “in the coming weeks.”