POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – The 2008 presidential campaign has been the subject of intense media scrutiny. One of the driving forces behind the coverage, MSNBC President Phil Griffin, will look back at it at Vassar, just days after the election in his lecture “Politics and the Media in 2008” on Tuesday, November 18. The lecture will begin at at 5:00 pm, in Sanders Auditorium (Room 212), and is free and open to the public.
Griffin (Vassar College class of 1979) was named president of the cable news channel in July 2008. The channel, anchored by programs such as Countdown with Keith Olbermann and Hardball with Chris Matthews, has since become one of the most-watched for political coverage.
After joining MSNBC at its launch in July 1996, Griffin produced Internight, a program hosted by Tom Brokaw, Katie Couric, Bryant Gumbel, Bob Costas, and Bill Moyers that featured newsmakers, artists and authors, and The Big Show with Keith Olbermann from 1997 to 1998. He has since produced several other programs, including Hardball with Chris Matthews from 1999 to 2004.
Prior to becoming an executive producer at MSNBC, Griffin was the senior broadcast producer of NBC Nightly News, where he oversaw domestic stories on a daily basis. Griffin traveled extensively with anchor Tom Brokaw on major breaking news events to Somalia, Moscow and the Middle East. In 1995, Griffin led NBC News’ coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial. Prior to that, he was the “American Close-Up” segment producer for Nightly News, beginning in 1991. From 1988 to 1991, Griffin was a writer/producer for Today, where he covered stories including the Persian Gulf War, the San Francisco earthquake, and the invasion of Panama.
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