NEW YORK – May 8, 2013 – Brian Shactman has been named host of MSNBC’s “Way Too Early” (weekdays 5:30- 6:00 a.m.). He’ll begin on Monday, May 13 and will also contribute to “Morning Joe.” The announcement was made today by MSNBC President Phil Griffin.

Shactman joined CNBC in June 2007 as a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor for CNBC’s business day programming. He covered a range of stories for the network, including the BP Oil Spill, the fall of Bear Stearns, the final Space Shuttle launch and Hurricanes Isaac and Sandy. In 2012, Shactman was nominated for an Emmy Award for his coverage of the oil boom in North Dakota.

Previously, Shactman hosted “CNBC Sports Biz: Game On” on the NBC Sports Network and “Worldwide Exchange” on CNBC.

In addition to his business-day responsibilities, Shactman has been the sole correspondent on documentaries for the network including “Cigarette Wars,” “America’s Oil Rush” and “Dangerous Trade: Exotic Animals.”

Prior to CNBC, Shactman worked at the NBC owned-and-operated station in Connecticut, as well as ESPN. Shactman won the Associated Press award for a documentary on Hall of Fame basketball coach Geno Auriemma in 2003. He also received three regional Emmy nominations in 2002 for his sports anchoring and reporting.

At ESPN, Shactman contributed content on all platforms: ESPN Radio, SportsCenter, ESPNews and

Shactman earned a B.A. in English and history from Amherst College. He also has a Master of Arts degree in English literature from Clark University in Worcester, Mass.