Morning Joe First Look

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Morning Joe First Look
Morning Joe First Look Logo.png
Genre News program
Presented by Alex Witt
Betty Nguyen
Louis Burgdorf
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Location(s) GE Building, 30 Rockefeller Center, New York City, New York
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) NBC News Productions
Original network MSNBC
Picture format 480i (SDTV/letterboxed),
1080i (HDTV)
Original release 2004[when?] – present

Morning Joe First Look (formerly First Look) is an American morning news program airing on MSNBC. It is broadcast live Monday through Friday mornings at 5 a.m. Eastern Time, and competes with CNN's Early Start and Fox News Channel's Fox & Friends First. The program is currently co-anchored by Alex Witt, Betty Nguyen, and Louis Burgdorf.


Morning Joe First Look consists of many of the same segments and is produced by the same staff as NBC's early morning news program Early Today; some segments, such as a local weather cut-in and some feature stories, are either excluded or changed for the MSNBC broadcast, along with the anchor background (an early morning skycam shot of Manhattan on First Look, and sunrise scenes for Early Today) and graphical styling. There is a segment that is exclusive to the MSNBC newscast, a segment aired before the entertainment news summary at the end of the program, featuring excerpts from the monologue of the previous night/weeknight's episode of either The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon or Late Night with Seth Meyers, followed by the guest list of the upcoming episode. A replay of First Look aired at 5:30 a.m. ET before July 27, 2009, when Way Too Early with Willie Geist premiered.

MSNBC put the program on a short-term hiatus to test a 5 a.m. replay of both Countdown with Keith Olbermann and The Rachel Maddow Show at various times from February to April 2009;[1] First Look was restored onto the schedule after that.

Between November 2005, when CNN cancelled Daybreak[2] and January 2011, when CNN began simulcasting CNN International's World Business Today and World One, Early Today and Way Too Early (which formerly followed the program at 5:30 a.m. ET) were the only morning news programs amongst the American cable news channels with a pre-6 a.m. ET start time.

During the 2016 Summer Olympics on August 8, 2016, the program was retitled Morning Joe First Look with the latter show's logo blended into a new logo for First Look, but retained the same format, while some Way Too Early early features were blended into what is now the second half-hour of First Look; the latter program was discontinued.

On-air staff[edit]

As Morning Joe First Look is broadcast from the same studio at the GE Building in New York City as NBC's early morning news program Early Today, the same personalities are seen on both programs. Betty Nguyen and Alex Witt presently serve as main anchors of the program. Louis Burgdorf began to serve as a co-anchor with the Morning Joe brand extension, and does most of his duties from the NBC News control room. NBC meteorologist Bill Karins provides the national and regional weather forecast segments.

Former on-air staff[edit]


International broadcasts[edit]

MSNBC and NBC News programs, including Morning Joe First Look, are shown for several hours a day on the 24-hour news network Orbit News in Europe and the Middle East.


  1. ^ Chris Arlens (21 March 2009). "MSNBC Shelves "First Look" For "Maddow" Re-Air". MediaBistro - TVNewser. Retrieved 20 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Brian Stelter (25 October 2005). "CNN Discontinues Daybreak; American Morning Expands To Four Hours Beginning Nov. 28; All Staffers Will Be Reassigned". MediaBistro - TVNewser. Retrieved 25 March 2012. 
Preceded by
The Rachel Maddow Show
First Look
Succeeded by
Morning Joe