NBC News Names National Political Correspondent

NEW YORK – Steve Kornacki has been named National Political Correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC, a role that will expand his duties and visibility across both networks.

Kornacki will also contribute regularly to political reporting on NBC News’ TODAY and become the primary fill-in host for Hardball with Chris Matthews. In addition, Kornacki will have a prominent role across both networks for all major political programming, including major political event coverage.

Kornacki will also appear daily on MSNBC’s new 4pm show — hosted by veteran political strategist Nicolle Wallace set to launch later this month — and will provide in-depth analysis and features in addition to bringing viewers his expertise on political statistics.

“Steve was one of our breakout stars of the 2016 election and is an exceptional talent,” MSNBC President Phil Griffin said. “His intelligence and unique perspective enables our political coverage to operate on a higher level, one that clearly sets us apart from the competition.”

For MSNBC’s 2016 coverage, Steve consistently appeared in prime time on big election cycle nights providing real-time analysis of voting patterns, exit polls, and electoral data, distinguishing himself as a go-to voice. He is also the author of a forthcoming book – due out in 2018 – which focuses on the political history of the 1990s.

Kornacki, who has hosted MSNBC Live at 4pm, previously hosted the Monday edition of “MTP Daily,” “Up with Steve Kornacki” on Saturdays and Sundays 8-10 a.m. ET and was a co-host on MSNBC’s ensemble show “The Cycle.”