The Future of TV in a Digital World
The Future of TV in a Digital World: A Conversation with MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts and Richard Wolffe
In this day and age, news consumers are increasingly turning to digital sources. How does a cable TV news network reinvent itself as a digital network to not only get ahead of consumer needs, but also use it as an opportunity to engage viewers in new innovative ways? Roberts, host of MSNBC’s Way Too Early, and Wolffe, VP & Executive Editor of MSNBC.com, debate, then dish on the makings of MSNBC.com and how online informs on-air in the newsroom.
VP & Exec Editor
Richard Wolffe is Vice President and Executive Editor of the all-new MSNBC.com, which launched in 2013 with a top-notch team of journalists and editors. The first news site to launch with its own social network, MSNBC.com is designed to be a highly visual and engaging experience for MSNBC’s passionate community. A political analyst on MSNBC TV, Wolffe covered the entire length of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign for Newsweek magazine, traveling with the candidate and his inner circle from his announcement through election day. His book about the Obama campaign, Renegade, became an instant New York Times bestseller.
Thomas Roberts is an award-winning journalist who anchors Way Too Early on weekdays at 5:30am and serves as a fill-in host and contributor on MSNBC's Morning Joe and NBC’s TODAY.
Prior to his addition to MSNBC’s team, Roberts served as a correspondent for CBS News and contributed to several entertainment shows including “Entertainment Tonight” and “The Insider.” Prior to that, Roberts was a news anchor for CNN Headline News.
Roberts is an award-winning journalist, having received a 2002 Emmy nomination and a Virginia Associated Press award for his work on the documentary, “Parvo Puppies.” He also received an Edward R. Murrow award in 2001 for a documentary that he produced titled, “When Parents Don’t Pay.”
He’s also been honored for his work as an advocate in the LGBT community, and is the recipient of the prestigious Visibility Award from the Human Rights Campaign in October 2011. Roberts was also honored by the Stonewall Community Foundation, Marriage Equality USA and The National Crime Victim Bar Association.
Roberts is a graduate of McDaniel College and resides in New York City with his husband Patrick Abner and their two dogs.