Steve Kornacki

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Steve Kornacki
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At the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, 2019
Stephan Joseph Kornacki

(1979-08-22) August 22, 1979 (age 42)
Alma materBoston University (AB)
  • Journalist
  • commentator
Years active2002–present

Stephan Joseph Kornacki (born August 22, 1979)[1] is an American political journalist, writer, and television host. Kornacki is a national political correspondent for NBC News. He has written articles for Salon, The New York Observer, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, New York Daily News, the New York Post, The Boston Globe, and The Daily Beast. Kornacki was the multimedia anchor and data analyst for much of MSNBC's The Place for Politics campaign coverage, airing throughout 2016.

Early life and education[edit]

Kornacki was born in Groton, Massachusetts, to Stephan Joseph Kornacki Sr. and Anne Bernadette (Ramonas).[2] He has an older sister, Kathryn Kornacki, born in January 1978,[3] who is a professor at Caldwell University.[4][5] He went to Groton-Dunstable Regional High School.[6] Kornacki attended Boston University and graduated with a degree in film and television.[7][8]


He started his journalism career as a reporter for,[9] a New Jersey political news site owned by David Wildstein, where he worked from 2002 to 2006.[10] He formerly co-hosted a political news series on News 12 New Jersey and reported on the U.S. Congress for 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.[5] He is a former politics editor at Salon.[11]

From 2012 to 2013, Kornacki co-hosted The Cycle on MSNBC with political strategist Krystal Ball, pop-culture commentator Touré Neblett, and conservative columnist S.E. Cupp.[12][13] He subsequently took over another MSNBC program, Up, airing Saturdays and Sundays from 8 to 10 a.m., starting in April 2013.[14] Since 2014, he has been MSNBC's election coverage map correspondent.[15][16] Beginning in 2016, Kornacki hosted a daily program from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., and frequently guest hosts on Hardball with Chris Matthews, All In with Chris Hayes and The Rachel Maddow Show.

On May 8, 2017, Kornacki was named National Political Correspondent for NBC News Group, with plans to continue co-hosting the 4 p.m. edition of MSNBC Live with Nicolle Wallace.[17] He published a book titled The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism in 2018, which chronicles "the polarization of politics".[18][19] In October 2019, Kornacki began hosting a podcast for NBC News covering the inquiry and first impeachment of Donald Trump called Article II: Inside Impeachment.[20]

Following his work on the 2020 United States presidential election, Kornacki was named by People as one of the sexiest men alive.[21] He was also approached to bring his unique analytic style to the sports division of NBCUniversal, first appearing on Football Night in America in December 2020 to break down playoff scenarios for the remainder of the 2020 NFL season.[22][23] He would later make appearances on NBC's coverage of the 2021 Kentucky Derby, where he was the only personality to correctly predict Medina Spirit as the apparent winner of the race, and the 2020 Summer Olympics.[24][25][26]

Personal life[edit]

Kornacki is gay and publicly came out in 2011 through a column in Salon.[19][27] As of 2014, he resides in the East Village of Manhattan.[7]


  • The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism (2018). ISBN 9780062439000. OCLC 1099946942.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "BIRTHDAY OF THE DAY: Steve Kornacki, national political correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC". Politico. August 22, 2018. Retrieved November 6, 2020.
  2. ^ "Ramonas-Kornacki," Hartford Courant, September 20, 1973, p. 27.
  3. ^ "Births," Hartford Courant, January 26, 1978, p. 17.
  4. ^ "Faculty Members". Caldwell University, New Jersey.
  5. ^ a b "Meet 'The Cycle' co-host: Steve Kornacki - The Cycle". Retrieved June 22, 2012.
  6. ^ Sweeney, Emily (December 2, 2016). "Talking politics with Steve Kornacki". The Boston Globe. Retrieved November 6, 2020.
  7. ^ a b "The Straight Gay World of MSNBC anchor & politics wonk Steve Kornacki". Out. April 16, 2014. Retrieved November 12, 2015.
  8. ^ "Boston University's Steve Kornacki: 'Drop Dead Fred' Helped Me Choose My Major". NBC News.
  9. ^ "All politics at, New Jersey's Online political network". Archived from the original on September 25, 2004. Retrieved November 23, 2016.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  10. ^ "Chris Christie's e-mail to Steve Kornacki". MSNBC. September 17, 2014. Retrieved November 23, 2016.
  11. ^ "Steve Kornacki". Salon.
  12. ^ Mirkinson, Jack (June 21, 2012). "'The Cycle': MSNBC's New 3 PM Show Features Four Co-Hosts". HuffPost. Retrieved November 7, 2020.
  13. ^ "It's official: The Cycle has a new co-host". NBC News. April 4, 2013. Retrieved November 7, 2020.
  14. ^ "Steve Kornacki Replaces Chris Hayes on MSNBC's 'Up'". The Hollywood Reporter. March 19, 2013. Retrieved December 5, 2013.
  15. ^ Vanderhoof, Erin (November 6, 2020). "Steve Kornacki Deserves This Wave of Internet Love". Vanity Fair. Retrieved November 7, 2020.
  16. ^ Koblin, John (November 5, 2018). "Loaded With Data and Whiz-Bang Effects, Maps Are the Real Stars of Election-Night TV". The New York Times. Retrieved November 7, 2020.
  17. ^ "IVANKA'S LISTENING TOUR – TRUMP to announce slate of judges – TAKEAWAYS from Macron's win – OBAMA urges 'political courage' to save ACA – SCOOP: STUART JOLLY parts ways with lobbying firm SPG – WEEKEND WEDDINGS". Politico. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  18. ^ Lane, Charles (October 11, 2018). "Book review of The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism by Steve Kornacki". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 6, 2020.
  19. ^ a b Mauch, Ally (November 6, 2020). "MSNBC's Steve Kornacki: 6 Things to Know About the Journalist". People. Retrieved November 6, 2020.
  20. ^ "Podcast: The Trump impeachment inquiry with Steve Kornacki". NBC News.
  21. ^ "Chris Evans, Maluma and More Hot Guys Who Make Up PEOPLE's Sexiest Men of 2020". People. Retrieved December 10, 2020.
  22. ^ Princiotti, Nora (December 6, 2020). "Steve Kornacki, National Treasure, Is Game for the NFL Playoffs". The Ringer. Retrieved December 10, 2020.
  23. ^ Pickman, Ben. "Steve Kornacki to Appear on NBC's Football Night in America for Rest of Season". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved December 10, 2020.
  24. ^ "Steve Kornacki predicts Kentucky Derby winner". NBC - The TODAY Show.
  25. ^ "NBC, MSNBC political analyst Steve Kornacki correctly predicts Medina Spirit would win Kentucky Derby". USA Today.
  27. ^ Steve Kornacki (November 16, 2011). "The Coming Out Story I Never Thought I'd Write". Salon.

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