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Willie Geist              

Co-Host, 9 AM Hour of Today & MSNBC's Morning Joe

Willie Geist the co-host of the 9 AM Hour of Today on NBC, as well as the the co-host of Morning Joe on MSNBC. Geist previously hosted Way Too Early With Willie Geist on MSNBC, which was the lead-in to Morning Joe. Geist also hosts Zeitgeist, a satirical video blog on msnbc.com.

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.

Geist’s latest book is Loaded!: Become a Millionaire Overnight and Lose 20 Pounds in 2 Weeks, or Your Money Back. Co-written with Boyd McDonnell, Loaded! spoofs self-help and financial advice genres, and earned the following testimonial from Donald Trump: "These guys are idiots. I wouldn't trust The Dollar Bills to wash my limousine, let alone give me financial advice. With American minds like these poisoning our society, it's no wonder the Chinese are passing us by."

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.

Speech Topics


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.

News You Can’t Use

Willie Geist spends his mornings sifting through the wreckage of American politics and popular culture. He is best known at the host of Way Too Early and co-host of Morning Joe on MSNBC, which have been called “the ultimate wide-open conversation.” Geist gives viewers everything they need to know to start the morning - from news and politics to sports and pop culture. While he does get to do some serious news and talk with some very distinguished guests, it’s his sense of humor and unique take on current events that add a lively and fun twist to the day’s headlines. Whether it’s the future of news and where it’s all going, to his popular News You Can’t Use segments, Geist offers a refreshing perspective on the stories people are talking about.

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Willie Geist Quits Today Third Hour, Billy Bush Replaces

Willie Geist is saying goodbye to the Today show's third hour. “As you all know and a lot of our viewers know, I've been wearing a lot of hats lately,” Geist said on  ...

NBCUniversal Hopes to Keep Willie Geist from Defecting to Rivals ...

Popular TV-news anchor Willie Geist and NBCU have entered final-stage talks that the company hopes will keep the anchor at NBC and MSNBC.

Willie Geist, host of 'Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist' - TODAY.com

Willie Geist is the host of NBC's “Sunday TODAY with Willie Geist." He is also a co-host of MSNBC's “Morning Joe” and a regular host and contributor to TODAY,  ...

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