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NBC Taps New Politics Managing Editor

Heading into the 2016 election, NBC has named Dafna Linzer to the newly-created post of managing editor of politics for NBC News and MSNBC, the network said in a note to staffers Thursday (Oct. 8).

The political desk will report to Linzer, who will divide her time between Washington and New York and report to NBC News president Deborah Turness and MSNBC president Phil Griffin, who made the announcement.

"As we’ve seen over the last few weeks, we’ve driven the campaign news agenda through every news cycle – with candidate interviews, pivotal moments and sharp analysis," Turness and Griffin said in the e-mail to staffers. "[W]e’ve also experienced great benefits when our entire organization joins forces. Now we’re putting a more formal structure in place to build on this momentum and, with the recently increased workload, to bring extra resources to address the needs of the many parts of the organization

Linzer joined MSNBC in 2013 as managing editor of MSNBC digital and most recently was senior investigative reporter for ProPublica. In that role she appered frequently on PBS NewsHour and other news programs.

Linzer's resume includes foreign correspondent for the Associated Press and national security reporter for The Washington Post.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.