Former ‘Meet The Press’ Anchor David Gregory Joins CNN as Political Analyst

David Gregory

David Gregory, who took the reins of NBC’s venerable “Meet the Press” from longtime anchor Tim Russert before leaving the network, has taken a contributor job at CNN.

Gregory will largely hold forth on the Time Warner-owned cable outlet’s morning program “New Day,” according to a spokeswoman for the program. He will serve as a political analyst. Little additional detail was forthcoming.

In Gregory, CNN has landed a name well-known in Washington political circles, something that could serve it in good stead as its “New Day” continues to vie with MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” an A.M. offering focused largely on politics.

Gregory has surfaced on CNN in the recent past, helping “New Day” with its coverage of the Iowa caucus, for example. CNN’s announcement Monday makes his relationship with the program official. He joins as one of the program’s three main anchors, Michaela Pereira, prepares to depart to host her own Los Angeles-based show on CNN’s sister outlet HLN.

News of Gregory’s contributor relationship was reported previously by Politico.

Gregory worked for NBC News and MSNBC for years, often serving as a substitute for Matt Lauer and Lester Holt on various editions of “Today” and as a fill-in on “NBC Nightly News.” He was given the high-visibility moderator job at “Meet the Press” in December of 2008, taking over from Tom Brokaw, who had agreed to fill in in the wake of Russert’s sudden death in June of that year. Ratings fell during his tenure, and as NBC News worked to find new ways to boost the program, executives there appeared to split with the anchor over how the program should proceed.

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  1. Pat Silver says:

    Wonderful News to have David Gregory back Meet the Press has gone down since he left

  2. icecream politics says:

    David Gregory is perfect for CNN. He’s the biggest idiot on TV.

  3. Furthering the decline of CNN

  4. qonc1 says:

    So happy for him. He’ll be a stellar addition to the political reporting at CNN. NBC treated him unfairly and horribly – like they do others in their midst.

  5. david marrie says:

    When Imus was going down, Gregory said it was like “watching a stoning.”
    I always liked him for that coming to the defense of Imus when everybody else was running for cover.

    Chuck Todd is an ambitious prick who worked behind the scenes to take Gregory’s place on MTP.

  6. Mary K says:

    Great choice! DG seems relaxed & connects well w/rest of New Day team. The best to you & ND. You’ve been missed.

  7. thomas sweeney says:

    Another liberal panderer who no one will watch, or care what he has to say. The media is a clique of people, who the public neither trusts or believes.

  8. Joe Bloe says:

    Another liberal…and CNN’s ratings slide lower and lower…

    • Axixic says:

      Gregory is Tea Party. His wife was an attorney in the GWB Administration. You never watched him or you would know he is dumb as a box of rocks and conservative. He didn’t fit with MSNBC.

  9. juda says:

    So glad he is back on TV

  10. Steven B says:

    I like David Gregory. He is a true journalist and he got shafted by NBC because he wouldn’t follow their “agenda”. I just hope that he stays fair to all parties no matter their political affiliation, and never is afraid to ask the tough questions to whomever he interviews. NBC News — it’s nothing but trash.

  11. Bruce Lee says:

    He didn’t leave–he was fired for miserable ratings—don’t you love the lying press?

    • Axixic says:

      David lost his job because he couldn’t keep up with politics and he only had a show one day a week. He has the IQ of a dead rat and he is Tea Party. He slobbered all over Republicans and was curt with Democrats. Ratings went so far down it was hard to find them.

      Chuck Todd took over MTP and he has a daily show on MSNBC. Chuck knows his politics and is as good or better than Russert.

  12. wsdbiker says:

    I knew he would land somewhere, it would be tough following Tim Russert.

  13. Elaine says:

    Yea! Good choice!

  14. Wendy says:

    Good news! He’s great!

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