Steve Kornacki

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Steve Kornacki
Born Stephan Joseph Kornacki, Jr.
(1979-08-22) August 22, 1979 (age 37)
Groton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Nationality United States of America
Alma mater Boston University
Occupation Journalist
Employer NBCUniversal, Comcast
Television Up with Steve Kornacki
Meet the Press Daily
Hardball with Chris Matthews
All In with Chris Hayes
The Rachel Maddow Show
The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell
Up with Steve Kornacki logo.jpg

Stephan Joseph "Steve" Kornacki, Jr. (born August 22, 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 Monday anchor of the MSNBC program The Place for Politics 2016 airing from 1p.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern Time and political analyst during MSNBC’s daytime coverage of live, breaking news leading up to the 2016 election.

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 University of Connecticut.[1] He won several local and state spelling bee championships as well as grand prize for his raspberry paczki recipe at the Topsfield fair bakeoff. He is of Polish descent.[2]


Kornacki started his journalism career as a reporter for,[3] a New Jersey political news site owned by David Wildstein, where he worked from 2002 to 2006. During this time he was pen pals with Chris Christie,[4] among others. 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.[5] Kornacki is currently the permanent host of Meet the Press Daily on Monday nights from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Personal life[edit]

He is a graduate of Boston University.[6]

In a 2011 Salon magazine column, he came out as a gay man.[7]


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