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|Born||William Russell Geist
May 3, 1975
Evanston, Illinois, United States
|Alma mater||Vanderbilt University|
|Notable credit(s)||Morning Joe Co-Host
Today Show third hour Co-Anchor
NBC News Correspondent
|Political party||Independent |
|Spouse(s)||Christina Sharkey Geist|
|Children||Lucie Joy, George William|
|Parents||Bill Geist and Jody Geist|
|Relatives||Great grandson of Herbie Lewis|
Willie Geist (born William Russell Geist, May 3, 1975) is an American television personality. He is co-anchor of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, and co-anchor of the third hour of The Today Show. Geist also hosts a satirical video blog on MSNBC.com called Zeitgeist  and is an NBC News Correspondent. Geist also is a frequent fill in for Matt Lauer on the Today Show and for Lester Holt on the weekend edition.
Geist is the author of the The New York Times bestselling book American Freak Show, released on October 12, 2010, and of Loaded! Become a Millionaire Overnight and Lose 20 Pounds in 2 Weeks or Your Money Back!, a satire of the popular self-help genre, released on May 10, 2011.
He attended Ridgewood High School in Ridgewood, New Jersey, where he was captain of the football team, and played small forward for the basketball team. He later went on to graduate from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. While at Vanderbilt, he was an editor of the university's official student newspaper, The Vanderbilt Hustler.
On May 24, 2003, Geist married his high-school sweetheart, Christina Sharkey, in Humacao, Puerto Rico. The couple has a daughter, Lucie Joy Geist (b. June 14, 2007), and a son, George William Geist (July 8, 2009).
Geist is the older brother of Libby Wildes, the Peabody Award-winning documentary film producer (Crazy Love, Black Magic, Ring of Fire), who is married to Kevin Wildes of ESPN, "Mr. Half Baked Ideas." 
Geist began his career as an editor and producer for CNN Sports Illustrated and subsequently a field producer and reporter for CNN Sports, where he covered The Super Bowl, The NCAA Final Four, and The Masters.
In 2004, he became a writer and producer for I, Max, a short-lived sports commentary show hosted by Max Kellerman on Fox Sports Net. He joined MSNBC television in April 2005 as a senior producer of The Situation with Tucker Carlson.
Geist began substituting as a co-host on MSNBC's 6-9 a.m. morning time slot almost immediately after Don Imus was fired in late April, 2007. Geist was named permanent co-host of Morning Joe, along with Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski in September 2007. In late July 2009, Geist began hosting his own 30-minute program Way Too Early with Willie Geist. The show currently airs from 5:30 to 6 a.m. (immediately before Morning Joe) on MSNBC. In 2010, Geist began substituting for Matt Lauer as host of the Today Show and as the show's newsreader. In October 2012, it was announced that Geist will co-host the 3rd hour of Today, and would leave Way Too Early.
In its "Best of NYC 2009" issue, The Village Voice declared Geist the "Best TV Sidekick Who Deserves His Own Show," writing, "Memo to MSNBC: Instead of "Countdown" reruns at 10 p.m., give Willie a proper talk show—you might have a contempo Dick Cavett on your hands." On December 28, 2009, Way Too Early with Willie Geist was listed by The Daily Beast as one of "25 Ways To Get Smarter in 2010". The Daily Beast compared Geist's combination of news and humor to Jon Stewart's on the Comedy Central network and Rachel Maddow's on the MSNBC network, calling Way Too Early "2010's must-watch cable news show." He was also featured in the television show The Daily Show hosted by Jon Stewart on June 30, 2011.
- List of people from Evanston, Illinois
- List of people from New Jersey
- List of Vanderbilt University people
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- Willie Geist biography at MSNBC
- Willie Geist at the Internet Movie Database
- Zeitgeist official website at MSNBC
- Zeitgeist Archive official website at MSNBC
- Morning Joe official website at MSNBC
- Willie Geist on Twitter
- Works by or about Willie Geist in libraries (WorldCat catalog)