Rashida Jones is senior vice president, NBC News and MSNBC.
In this role, she leads and serves as the executive producer of breaking news and major events for both NBC News and MSNBC, including network-wide coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, the impeachment trial of President Trump, and the networks’ Decision 2020 coverage including presidential debates, town halls, primaries and special election nights, forums, and hours of on-the-ground reporting. Under her leadership, Jones oversaw the production of the top two most-watched Democratic presidential debates in television history; the presidential debate in February 2020 in Las Vegas averaged nearly 20 million viewers and 13.5 million livestream views.
Jones also leads MSNBC Dayside programming, managing hours of live programming and newsgathering for the network, focusing on breaking news, live reporting and infusing the resources and journalism of NBC News.
In addition, she oversees NBC News’ network-wide series, including Justice For All, Climate in Crisis and Kids Under Pressure, as well as the 2019 launch of NBC News’ new streaming network, NBC News NOW. Jones is also responsible for the NBC News Decision Desk – the network’s team of data scientists responsible for making all election decisions on primary and election nights.
Prior to her time with MSNBC, she was the news director for the NBC affiliate in Columbia, South Carolina, where she rebuilt and rebranded the news team to focus on in-depth investigative reporting. The station was number one in the market. Jones also served as director of live programming at The Weather Channel, leading coverage and programming for some of the network’s most historic weather events, including Hurricane Katrina, mass tornado outbreaks and paralyzing snow storms.
Jones is a graduate of Hampton University, where she was inducted into the Scripps Howard Journalism Hall of Fame. She is the co-chair of Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications Advisory Board. She is also a board member of the Carole Kneeland Project for Responsible Journalism and a non-resident senior fellow with the University of Pennsylvania’s Fox Leadership Program. In addition, she is a member of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Alliance for Women in Media and the National Association of Black Journalists.