Steve Kornacki

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Steve Kornacki
Born Stephan Joseph Kornacki, Jr.
August 22, 1979 (age 35)
Groton, Massachusetts, USA
Alma mater

[[Boston University

University of Alabama]]
Occupation Author, political commentator

Stephan Joseph "Steve" Kornacki, Jr. (born August 1979) is an American political writer and television host, known for his work as the senior political writer at, his hosting duties of programs on MSNBC, and for the articles he has written for The New York Observer, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the New York Daily News, the New York Post, The Boston Globe, and The Daily Beast. Kornacki is the host of the MSNBC program Up which airs on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Eastern Time.

Early life[edit]

Stephan Joseph Kornacki was born in Groton, Massachusetts, to Stephan Joseph Kornacki, Sr., and Anne Ramonas. He has an older sister, Kathryn Kornacki, who graduated from Boston University.[1]


Kornacki started his journalism career as a reporter for, a New Jersey political news site owned by David Wildstein, where he worked from 2002 to 2006. He formerly co-hosted a political news series at News 12 New Jersey and reported on the U.S. Congress for the newspaper Roll Call. His articles have been published in the New York Observer, the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the New York Daily News, the New York Post, the Boston Globe, and the Daily Beast.[1]

He joined the writing staff of Salon in 2010.

He co-hosted The Cycle on MSNBC with political strategist Krystal Ball, pop-culture commentator Touré, and conservative columnist S.E. Cupp from the program's inception through March 20, 2013. On March 19, 2013, it was announced that Kornacki would take over another MSNBC program, Up, airing Saturdays and Sundays from 8 to 10 a.m., starting in April.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Though a Boston University alumnus, he has expressed allegiances to Kansas State football (led by Head Coach Bill Snyder at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium)[3] and San Diego State basketball (led by Head Coach Steve Fisher).[4]

In a 2011 Salon magazine column, he came out as a gay man.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Meet 'The Cycle' co-host: Steve Kornacki - The Cycle". Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  2. ^ "Steve Kornacki Replaces Chris Hayes on MSNBC's 'Up'". The Hollywood Reporter. 2013-03-19. Retrieved 2013-12-05. 
  3. ^ "Yes, K-State fans, I'm one of you". Twitter. 2012-10-25. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  4. ^ "...Go Steve Fisher...". Twitter. 2011-01-26. Retrieved 2014-01-08. 
  5. ^ Steve Kornacki (2011-11-16). The coming out story I never thought I'd write "The Coming Out Story I Never Thought I'd Write". 

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