Rashida Jones is a news executive with nearly two decades of experience in cable and local news. She is the Senior Vice President of News Specials for NBC News and MSNBC, where her responsibilities span both television and digital properties.
Rashida leads and executive produces breaking news and major event coverage for both NBC News and MSNBC, including election nights, Primary and Presidential Debates, political conventions and other major coverage initiatives. Rashida also manages the NBC News Decision Desk – a team of data scientists responsible for making all race call decisions on primary and election nights.
Rashida is also the executive in charge of NBC News’ streaming network, where she created and executed the network’s vision in a competitive landscape full of emerging news products on streaming platforms.
Prior to this role, she served as managing editor for MSNBC’s Dayside programming, driving the editorial decision-making and coverage.
Prior to her time with MSNBC, she was the news director for the NBC affiliate in Columbia, South Carolina, where she rebuilt and rebranded the news team to focus on deep investigative reporting. The station was solidly #1 in the market.
She was also director of live programming at The Weather Channel, leading coverage and programming for some of the network’s most historic weather events-Hurricane Katrina, mass tornado outbreaks and paralyzing snowstorms.
Rashida uses her successful platform to grow and inspire other emerging journalists. She is an active member of several journalism organizations, including the Alliance for Women in Media, where she serves as a Gracie Ambassador, a distinction offered to senior executives eager to support the organization’s mission to support women in journalism. Rashida is also a board member of The Carole Kneeland Project for Responsible Journalism, an organization dedicated to training news managers with the fundamentals, values, and ethics to be powerful leaders in their newsrooms.
In addition, Rashida is a member of The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the National Association of Black Journalists.
Rashida is a graduate of Hampton University, where she was recently inducted into the Scripps Howard Journalism Hall of Fame and Hampton University’s 40 under 40 Society, both honors acknowledging her outstanding work in the journalism industry.