Lemire also will be joining Politico as its White House bureau chief, starting in November.
Lemire, who has been an analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, succeeds Kasie Hunt at Way Too Early and later joined CNN.
Lemire covered Donald Trump and Joe Biden’s administrations for the AP, and also is writing a book, The Big Lie: Election Chaos, Political Opportunism and the State of American Politics After 2020, which is scheduled for release in the fall of 2020.
Way Too Early precedes Morning Joe at 5 AM ET.
“So I am going over the fine print here and it is 5 AM? Is that what I signed up for?” Lemire joked to Morning Joe co-hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski as they made the announcement.
Lemire will start his role as permanent host of Way Too Early on Tuesday, and said that the show will have “a real reporter’s sensibility,” with lawmakers and officials on to talk about “what is driving the day.”
Lemire has been with the AP for the past eight years. He previously worked for The New York Daily News for 10 years.
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