Willie Geist Profile

Willie Geist is a daily mainstay of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, as well as a co-host of the 9 a.m. hour of TheToday Show, where he is a favorite of both audiences and critics alike. Rated as one of the most likeable people in front of the camera today, Geist is heralded as the young voice of today’s “new” media.

Geist’s witty humor, self-awareness, and genuine affection for those around him set him apart in the sea of morning program hosts. After failing to break into comedy writing, Geist went into producing, doing a brief stint in the behind-the-scenes positions in the world of sports news before landing in the control room of The Situation with Tucker Carlson . During the show’s development, producers decided Mr. Geist’s newsroom banter with Carlson would be ideal for the show, so Geist spent the last segment of The Situation reporting and offering his unique spin on the day’s news.

Currently Geist also hosts Zeitgeist, a satirical video blog on His latest book is Good Talk, Dad: The Birds and the Bees…and Other Conversations We Forgot to Have, coauthored with his father Billie Geist.

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      Geist joined MSNBC in 2005 as a senior producer of The Situation with Tucker Carlson. During the show’s development, producers decided Geist’s newsroom banter with Carlson ought to be part of the show. Geist spent the last segment of The Situation (later called Tucker) reporting and offering his unique spin on the day’s news.

      Geist came to MSNBC from the world of sports television. He was a producer and writer for the critically-acclaimed sports debate show I, Max, hosted by Max Kellerman on Fox Sports Net. Before that, Geist gave up a promising post-graduate career of liquor delivery to enter journalism as an editor and producer for CNN/Sports Illustrated, a 24-hour sports network based in Atlanta. He later became a field producer and reporter for CNN Sports, where he covered The Super Bowl, The NCAA Final Four, The Masters and The United States Lawnmower Racing circuit.

      He is also the author of The New York Times bestseller American Freak Show: The Completely Fabricated Stories of Our New National Treasures (October, 2010) and the co-author of
      Loaded!: Become a Millionaire Overnight and Lose 20 Pounds in 2 Weeks, or Your Money Back (May, 2011)

      Geist graduated from Vanderbilt University in Nashville where he was a contributing editor of The Vanderbilt Hustler, a school newspaper that is not nearly as kinky as it sounds. Geist lives in New York City with his wife and their two children. He is proficient in Microsoft Word.

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    Well-known media presence, Willie Geist provides audiences with a fresh look at politics and the news business. Mixing insider information with his signature touch of naturally flowing comedy, Geist demonstrates why he has been called an anchor that is “too good to be ignored.” Whether he’s offering his unique perspective on current events and advice on how to break into the news industry, Geist’s expertise, humor, and likability strikes a chord with a wide range of audiences.

    News You Can′t Use: A Skewed Look at Modern America′s Life and Times
    Willie Geist has a front-row seat to the news every morning on his show Way Too Early with Willie Geist and on Morning Joe, a program The New York Times called one of the ten best on television. Sitting at the crossroads of D.C. politics and New York media, Willie sits face-to-face with the country′s biggest newsmakers, adding his biting satirical take to the national conversation. A rising star and the youngest host in all of network news, Willie was recently compared to a young Dick Cavett by The Village Voice. Willie′s presentation is at once a hilarious, topical commentary on our culture and a more sober look toward the future of his own business.

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