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Roooooad Trip!

When MSNBC “Hardball” host Chris Mathews goes on his road trip to LA on May 17, he’s going to hook up with HBO’s “Real Time” Host Bill Maher and former FCC Chairman Michael Powell to lead a discussion on education challenges. It’s part of the network’s “Education Nation On-the-Road” tour.

Maher will need to be on his best behavior. This means no penis or pot jokes (we think).

Who to blame if all goes awry?

John Reiss is Executive Producer of “Hardball.” Dana Haller is Supervising Producer of Special Projects for MSNBC.

Stay tuned…


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“Hardball” EP Named MSNBC EP of Political Programming Too

“Hardball” executive producer John Reiss has additionally taken on the role of executive producer of political programming at MSNBC. He’ll oversee “Hardball,” “The Ed Show” and the cable station’s other political programs.

Reiss was previously the EP of “Nightly News with Brian Williams.” MSNBC’s press release after the jump…

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Ian Cameron: An Update

As we reported last week, Ian Cameron has been tapped as executive producer for ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.”

That prompted lots of readers to bring this to our attention: Cameron’s wife is Susan Rice, an Obama advisor and top candidate for Secretary of State should the Illinois senator win the White House.

ALSO: We hear that Hardball EP John Reiss applied for the gig and that ABC approached Janet Leissner, the former CBS News DC bureau chief, who took a pass.

>UPDATE: A reader writes in:

    Re: Ian Cameron and Susan Rice — why is it more pertinent now than when he was the senior producer in Washington for World News? Same “issues” still exist — they’ve never made a secret of it, and no one’s complained about his ability to cover Obama before, have they? She was an adviser to John Kerry too.

Fair point. And to be clear: We’re not editorializing on whether it matters. We’re just adding information to the story.

NYT: Hell, It’s Out There Already

Amazing what a little leaking can do…

After FishbowlDC brought you the excerpts from Mark Leibovich’s profile of Chris Matthews yesterday (causing quite a brouhaha, we must say…), the New York Times went ahead and posted the article online earlier than they normally do.

And what: Is Hardball EP John Reiss chopped liver? Homeboy can barely get a nose in in this picture:


Reiss Gets A Word In Edgewise

What was the first meeting like between Chris Matthews and new “Hardball” EP John Reiss? “It’s fair to say he did the majority of the talking,” he tells Gail Shister over on TVNewser.

It’s Official: Reiss to EP “Hardball”

From the release:

    John Reiss
    has been named executive producer of “Hardball with Chris Matthews,” it was announced today by Phil Griffin, Senior Vice President, NBC News and Executive in Charge of MSNBC. Reiss will also play a critical role in MSNBC’s political coverage throughout the election year. The appointment is effective immediately. …

    Reiss, a nine-time Emmy Award winner, most recently served as executive producer of “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams,” from 2005 until March of 2007. During his tenure, “Nightly News” received more high-level journalism awards than any network evening newscast has in years. The awards included: four Emmy Awards, a duPont-Columbia Award, a Peabody Award, a Polk Award, six Edward R. Murrow Awards, including two for “Best Newscast,” sixteen National Headliner Awards including two for “Best Newscast,” two Gerald Loeb Awards for financial reporting, two Sigma Delta Chi awards and two Gracie Awards. Reiss was previously the senior broadcast producer of “Nightly News” from 2002 – 2005.

    Prior to joining “Nightly News,” Reiss was a producer and senior producer at “Dateline NBC” from 1994 – 2002. At “Dateline,” he was a member of the senior staff and supervised many projects, including two award-winning hours, “The Roots of Rage,” on the U.S. and Islam after 9/11, and “The Plane Truth,” on the airline industry.

    Before joining NBC News in 1994, Reiss was a producer at ABC’s “Good Morning America” from April 1991 – July 1994. At GMA, he produced a variety of stories, focusing on hard news and filled in regularly both as head of the field producing unit and as a line producer, overseeing the entire week’s programming.

    From 1983 – 1988, Reiss was a writer and later head writer for ABC’s “World News this Morning,” and for GMA’s news segments. From 1988 – 1991 he was ABC’s morning news editorial producer, during which time he covered many stories, including the 1988 US-Soviet summit in Moscow and the 1989 democracy movement in China. Reiss was in Tiananmen Square on the night of the government’s crackdown.

    He began his journalism career in print journalism and radio. He worked as a news clerk at “The New York Times’” Washington bureau and wrote and reported for Buffalo’s only all-news radio station and for “The Buffalo Evening News.”

    He graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo with a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

Reiss To Replace Haddad On “Hardball”?

TVNewser reports that John Reiss is on the shortlist to replace Tammy Haddad as executive producer of “Hardball.”

Reiss was let go as NBC Nightly News executive producer in March by Brian Williams and we hear that it was a rather rough split.

Question: Does Chris Matthews even want an E.P.? Would he prefer to run the show himself? Could he run it by himself?