On January 20, a Black woman will make history when she’s sworn in as the first female Vice President of the United States.
And on February 1, another Black woman will take on another historic role. Rashida Jones — the longtime television executive, not the actress — will assume the mantle of president of MSNBC. When she does, she will become the first Black woman to run a major news network.
It’s the latest step upwards in a long, thriving career for Jones. After 7 years as a director at The Weather Channel, as well as filling leadership roles at other, smaller networks, she came to MSNBC as a daytime executive producer in 2013. She later took on managing editor and senior vice president positions at MSNBC as her career progressed.
Jones has been senior vice president of NBC News since 2017.
In a memo, the chairman of NBCUniversal News Group, Cesar Conde, praised Jones for her “laserlike focus and grace under pressure.” Those traits will come in handy as she takes over control of a network that enjoyed all-time viewership records amid the 2020 election.