Josh Earnest, who served as White House Press Secretary for the last 2 1/2 years of Barack Obama’s presidency, has joined NBC News and MSNBC as a political analyst, according to an announcement from the networks on Monday.
“With his wealth of experience and insight, Josh will be a great addition to our roster of contributors and will be an asset for our two networks as we continue to cover the White House, Congress and politics beyond the Beltway,” said NBC News President Noah Oppenheim and MSNBC President Phil Griffin in a joint memo to staffers.
Earnest’s association with Obama began in March 2007 when he joined his presidential campaign as its Iowa communications manager. He went to work in the Obama White House after the 2008 election, culminating in his press secretary role.
Previous Obama White House press secretaries Robert Gibbs and Jay Carney also took their turn as liberal media political analysts after leaving the White House, but have since found more lucrative jobs in the private sector, away from politics.