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Reiss Named Hardball Producer

John Reiss was named executive producer of MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, effective immediately, the network said Thursday.

Reiss will also play a critical role in MSNBC's political coverage throughout the election year. He replaces Tammy Haddad, who left to form her own company.

Reiss, a nine-time Emmy Award winner, most recently served as executive producer of NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, from 2005 until this March.

During his tenure, Nightly News received more high-level journalism awards than any network evening newscast has in years. The awards included: four Emmy Awards, a duPont-Columbia Award, a Peabody Award, a Polk Award, six Edward R. Murrow Awards, including two for "Best Newscast," 16 National Headliner Awards including two for "Best Newscast," two Gerald Loeb Awards for financial reporting, two Sigma Delta Chi awards and two Gracie Awards. Reiss was previously the senior broadcast producer of Nightly News from 2002 to 2005.

Prior to joining Nightly News, Reiss was a producer and senior producer at Dateline NBC from 1994 to 2002.