Phil Griffin

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Philip T. "Phil" Griffin (born 1955) is president of MSNBC, a United States cable news channel that Griffin has stated is "the place to go for progressives".[1] He was named president in July 2008.[2] Griffin orchestrated the launch of several MSNBC shows, including The Rachel Maddow Show, The Ed Show, The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell and Morning Joe. Griffin was with MSNBC from its start in 1996 and has been executive producer for shows such as Hardball with Chris Matthews and The Big Show with Keith Olbermann.[3]


In 1979, Griffin graduated with a BA degree in literature from Vassar College. Soon after, he moved to Atlanta and started work with CNN during their early years befriended Keith Olbermann who worked there as a sportscaster. After several years with CNN working primarily as a writer-producer-editor in their sports department, Griffin began work at NBC in 1983 as a sports producer for the Today show.[4] At the breach of partnership trial of MSNBC host Ed Schultz information emerged that Griffin falsely testified under oath he recruited Schultz after seeing him ask a question at Barack Obama's first presidential news conference.[5] Schultz admitted under cross-examination that he did not ask Griffin a question.;[6] Law professor Geoffrey Hazard,Jr., an expert on civil procedure, told the Daily Caller it is possible Griffin's testimony constituted perjury.[7]