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Brian Shactman
Brian A. Shactman is a television anchor and reporter.

Most recently, he hosted "Way Too Early" on MSNBC and also served as a contributor to "Morning Joe". Before his stint at MSNBC, he spent six years at sister network CNBC. As an anchor and reporter, Shactman covered a range of stories, including the BP oil spill, the fall of Bear Stearns, the final Space Shuttle launch, and Hurricanes Isaac and Sandy. In 2012, he earned an Emmy Award nomination for covering the oil boom in North Dakota.

During his time at CNBC, Shactman also hosted “CNBC Sports Biz: Game On” which aired on the NBC Sports Network and “Worldwide Exchange” on CNBC.

Shactman also has done several documentaries for NBC Universal: "Cigarette Wars," "America's Oil Rush," and "Dangerous Trade: Exotic Animals."

Prior to CNBC, he worked at the NBC owned-and-operated station in Connecticut, as well as ESPN, where Shactman contributed on all platforms: ESPN Radio, SportsCenter, ESPNews, and

Shactman received a B.A. in English and History from Amherst College and a Master of Arts degree in English literature from Clark University in Worcester, Mass.

Follow Brian Shactman on Twitter: @bshactman.

Entries by Brian Shactman

DeflateGate: Super Bowl Win Only Hope For Patriots

(105) Comments | Posted January 21, 2015 | 1:02 PM

The sports world is buzzing about allegations that the New England Patriots may have doctored footballs to gain an advantage in the AFC championship game.

Quick summary: On a rain-soaked field in Foxboro, Massachusetts, the Patriots destroyed the Indianapolis Colts, 45-7, to earn a berth in...

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Years Later: Is College Still Fun?

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 9:52 PM

At the end of this week, I will travel four-plus hours to attend my 20th college reunion.

In honor of that, I am going back to the spring of 1994 in the New York Times to see what was going on in the world.

For the moment, forget about Bill...

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Thirty Years Later: Reminiscing 'Cold War' Rhetoric

(0) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 12:57 PM

Looking back into the history of my youth has been an interesting exercise this week. On a whim, I decided to look closely at the New York Times from this week in May 30 years ago.

Sensing the zeitgeist brought me back to where I was at 12 years old....

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Years Later: Big Tobacco, Big Al

(0) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 4:12 PM

A few years ago, I made a documentary on CNBC that focused on tobacco.

The basic premise was to look at how was a business could be growing and making billions of dollars in profits while most people on the planet wanted to get rid of it.

We learned...

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Years Later: Would You Take a 10-Year-Old to Indiana Jones?

(4) Comments | Posted May 21, 2014 | 10:54 AM

Here's a question for you: Would you let your 10-year-old watch one of the Indiana Jones movies?

For me, it's without hesitation. Yes.

They seem so benign, don't they?

Sure, there are some guns, and there is violence. But the stylized nature of the films, and the limited number of...

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News Wars and Soviet Diplomacy

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 11:22 AM

The other day, I brought home a hard copy of the New York Times and left it on the kitchen table.

It was like placing a dead chicken on the table.

The children stared at it.

What is this? Can I touch it? Will it hurt me?

After the initial...

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How Old Is Advil?

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2014 | 2:24 PM

I am a big fan of "That was then, this is now" type stuff. For instance, I am 42 and I often wonder if my children view me the same way I viewed my parents when they were in their 40s. If the cliché rings true, and 40 is the...

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Why Professional Hockey Stinks

(5) Comments | Posted February 20, 2014 | 7:17 AM

OK, I got ya here with that headline, so just hear me out.

I don't know why the NHL makes it such a big deal at every Olympics. Will we be back? We're not sure. We'll discuss after the Games. We'll weigh the pros and the cons.

Blah blah blah.

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From Russia: Putin Loses

(5) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 10:37 AM

We all know the phrase -- or some variation of it: Lose the battle, win the war.

Russian President Vladimir Putin is apparently winning the war: Safe Olympics (so far), leading the medal count and even journalists have stopped complaining about unfinished rooms and brown water.

But he's lost the...

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Olympics You Don't See: Part Deux

(2) Comments | Posted February 18, 2014 | 7:08 AM

You often see stories about how athletes got to the Olympics. The usual focus: Supportive (or hard-driving) parents, transformative coaches, inspiring (or bullying) siblings.

Go behind the scenes to the more banal, and you actually find some fascinating stuff. I spent some time with two people, Brent Proulx and...

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U.S. vs. Russia: Now That's the Winter Olympics!

(14) Comments | Posted February 15, 2014 | 1:53 PM

Despite the 65 degree weather... and the beachgoers... and the ice cream... and the t-shirts ... Saturday felt like the Winter Olympics.

Cold War or no Cold War, when Russia plays the United States in hockey, it's an event. When it's in the Olympics, it means more. When those Olympics...

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The Olympics We Don't See

(6) Comments | Posted February 15, 2014 | 5:19 AM

When it comes to the Olympics, we focus on the stars. Bode Miller. Shani Davis. Shaun White.

There's only so much airtime, and they are the champions -- the millionaire athletes best known and most loved. When they succeed, we laud their greatness. When they fail, we react in shock......

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From Russia: Don't Get Complacent

(0) Comments | Posted February 11, 2014 | 9:38 AM

The tone of things is different right now in Russia.

The security volunteers are smiling when they say hello in English, and I try to say hello in Russian.

We've now seen each other several times a day for over a week, and there...

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He's Stoked, and You Should Be Too

(0) Comments | Posted February 8, 2014 | 2:48 PM

Don't let the Dude fool you.

Sage Kotsenburg says "stoked" as much as an academic says "paradigm shift."

But that doesn't mean the man who won the first gold medal of the 2014 Winter Games isn't serious about his sport, slopestyle snowboarding.

When I went up to the mountains last...

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Olympics: Don't Put(in) It Down

(1) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 12:04 PM

One of the first things we're told as journalists covering the Olympic Games: Don't cheerlead.

It's a classic journalistic convention.

We were all told when we started our careers: No clapping in the press box. No "atta boy" back pats in the locker room after a game. Journalism 101.


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Why I love Russia Right Now

(1) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 12:45 PM

Here is something I thought I'd never say: I love Russia.

This is not some Edward Snowden-like plea for asylum.

The experience of being here is so different than anything I've known that I can't stop marveling at certain things. Now, it doesn't hurt...

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