A Conversation with Steve Kornacki, MSNBC Correspondent

President Benjamin Ola. Akande sat down via Zoom with Steve Kornacki to discuss his emergence as a political analyst star and the impact he had on the 2020 election. The conversation explored the takeaways for today’s students contemplating particular careers and the possibility that times and circumstances may change the direction of their choices.

Steve Kornacki is a National Political Correspondent for NBC News & MSNBC, reporting on the latest political developments across all platforms. For MSNBC’s election coverage, Steve consistently provides real-time analysis of voting patterns, exit polls, and electoral data. During the 2020 election, Kornacki drew praise for his performance at the Big Board with the Associated Press naming him “the breakout star of MSNBC’s election coverage.”

Following his success during the election season, Kornacki took his talents to NBC Sports’ Football Night in America and Sunday Night Football to break down the evolving NFL playoff picture.

Kornacki is the author of The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism and served as host of Article II: Inside Impeachment, a NBC News podcast dedicated exclusively to covering the impeachment inquiry.

Previously, Kornacki hosted the 4 p.m. hour of MSNBC Live, the Monday edition of MTP Daily, Up with Steve Kornacki on Saturdays and Sundays and was a co-host on MSNBC’s The Cycle. Prior to MSNBC, he wrote for The New York Observer, covered Congress for Roll Call, and was the politics editor for Salon.

Kornacki also spent three years in New Jersey, chronicling state politics and co-hosting a weekly show on News 12 New Jersey, a 24-hour cable news channel.

His work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New York Daily News, The New York Post, The Boston Globe, The Daily Beast and at Capital New York, where he’s written a series of deeply-researched profiles of prominent New York political figures. He is a native of Groton, Mass. and graduated from Boston University.

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