Steve Kornacki

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Steve Kornacki
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Stephan Joseph Kornacki Jr.

(1979-08-22) August 22, 1979 (age 39)
Alma materBoston University
EmployerNBCUniversal, Comcast
TelevisionMSNBC Live
Hardball with Chris Matthews
All In with Chris Hayes
The Rachel Maddow Show
The 11th Hour (news program)

Stephan Joseph Kornacki Jr. (born August 22, 1979) 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, the 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[edit]

Kornacki was born in Groton, Massachusetts, to Stephan Joseph Kornacki Sr. and Anne (Ramonas). He is of Lithuanian[citation needed] and Polish descent, and has an older sister, Kathryn Kornacki, who is currently a professor at Caldwell University.[1][2]


Kornacki attended Boston University.[3] He started his journalism career as a reporter for,[4] a New Jersey political news site owned by David Wildstein, where he worked from 2002 to 2006.[5] 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.[2] He joined the writing staff of in 2010.[citation needed]

He co-hosted The Cycle on MSNBC with political strategist Krystal Ball, pop-culture commentator Touré Neblett, 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.[6] 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.

In May 2017, Kornacki transitioned away from anchor duties at MSNBC and toward more franchise reporting for NBC News. 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.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Kornacki is openly gay, and publicly came out in 2011 through a column in Salon.[8]


  • The Red and the Blue: The 1990s and the Birth of Political Tribalism (2018)

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Meet 'The Cycle' co-host: Steve Kornacki - The Cycle". Retrieved 2012-06-22.
  3. ^ "The Straight Gay World of MSNBC anchor & politics wonk Steve Kornacki". Retrieved 2015-11-12.
  4. ^ "All politics at, New Jersey's Online political network". Archived from the original on 2004-09-25. Retrieved 2016-11-23.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "Chris Christie's e-mail to Steve Kornacki". 2014-09-17. Retrieved 2016-11-23.
  6. ^ "Steve Kornacki Replaces Chris Hayes on MSNBC's 'Up'". The Hollywood Reporter. 2013-03-19. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  7. ^ "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 2017-05-08.
  8. ^ Steve Kornacki (2011-11-16). "The Coming Out Story I Never Thought I'd Write".

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