Joe Scarborough

Program Date April 21, 2018

EVENING JOE

As the face of MSNBC's popular Morning Joe, former Florida Congressman Joe Scarborough ignites early morning audiences with his no-holds barred and impassioned political commentary. Pulling from his experience as an influential player in Republican politics, he leads candid discussions about the important issues facing America. Scarborough will bring his signature off-the-cuff commentary to The Richmond Forum to offer a dynamic and fast-paced perspective on the political and media landscape and the headlines of the day.

BACKGROUND

Balanced by his Democratic co-host, Mika Brzezinski, and flanked by diverse guests, Scarborough navigates the political environment with an insider's perspective and a no-nonsense attitude. In 2011, he was named to TIME magazine’s list of the world's most influential people. In describing his selection, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, "Joe speaks without fear...he puts his country before his Party...That independence makes him a valuable voice in American politics, and it's what makes Morning Joe such a successful show."

MSNBC said Morning Joe does particularly well among Washington's power players. GOP consultant Mark McKinnon said, "Morning Joe has become the most influential show in politics. Anyone who is anyone in politics, or cares about politics these days, is plugged into the program." Newsweek notes, "One reason for the success of Morning Joe is that Scarborough and his team generate an ideologically unpredictable vibe." In 2008, the New York Times ranked Morning Joe the top news show of the year and the program has consistently beaten CNN and Headline News in the ratings since 2011.

Scarborough made a name for himself in politics long before he became a nationally-recognizable media force. He was elected to Congress in 1994, the first Republican to do so in Florida since 1872, and he was part of a small group of Republican congressmen that National Journal said possessed a surprising amount of power. Scarborough served on numerous committees, including the Judiciary, Armed Services, Government Reform and Oversight, Education and the Workforce, and National Security. In 1998, he was named chairman of the Civil Service Committee and drafted a bill on long-term care, which President Clinton called "landmark legislation." Scarborough retired from Congress in 2001.

Scarborough is the two-time New York Times best-selling author of The Right Path: From Ike to Reagan, How Republicans Once Mastered Politics -- And Can Again, Rome Wasn't Burnt in a Day, and The Last Best Hope: Restoring Conservatism and America's Promise. He also writes a column on politics for The Washington Post and founded the Florida Sun, an award-winning weekly newspaper for which he served as editor and publisher.

In 2016, alongside co-host Mika Brzezinski, Scarborough was inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame.

 

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