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Press Release
January 29, 2018

NEW YORK (January 29, 2018) – Today, MSNBC named Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Trymaine Lee a Correspondent for MSNBC. Lee – who until now was a National Reporter contributing online and on air for NBC News and MSNBC digital – will remain based in New York City. His appointment is effective immediately.

In his new position, Lee will cover the role of race, violence, politics and law enforcement in America and bring his expertise in social justice issues to MSNBC’s primetime and weekend programming. He will appear regularly across “All In with Chris Hayes,” “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell” and “AM Joy.”

Lee joined NBC News and MSNBC in 2012 as a National Reporter for the digital unit. His in-depth coverage of the protests in Ferguson, MO earned Lee two National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Salute to Excellence Awards for Digital Media in 2015. Lee’s original multimedia series “Geography of Poverty,” which chronicled poverty-stricken communities nationwide including Flint, MI during the water crisis, was honored with a NABJ Salute to Excellence Award in 2016. Lee has covered high-profile stories across NBC News and MSNBC shows, including a series of reports in 2017 for “All In with Chris Hayes” on the epidemic of violence in Chicago. He also covered the deaths of Michael Brown Jr., Eric Garner, Walter Scott and Freddie Gray.

Previously, Lee served as a reporter at The Huffington Post, where he is credited with helping elevate the shooting of Trayvon Martin to a national audience. Before that, he was at The New York Times, where his coverage of Gov. Eliot Spitzer’s sex scandal helped earn the newspaper a Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News. He also earned a Pulitzer Prize as part of a team that covered Hurricane Katrina at The Times-Picayune.

Lee was a 2016 and 2017 fellow with the New America Foundation and a 2006 recipient of NABJ’s Emerging Journalist of the Year Award. Additionally, he was named to Ebony magazine's "Power 100" list in 2015. He is currently writing a book on gun violence in America, slated to be released in 2019.