iOS app Android app

Mika Brzezinski
GET UPDATES FROM Mika Brzezinski
 
Mika Brzezinski is the co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, which airs weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. ET. She is also the author of the books All Things at Once (Weinstein Books 2010), Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You're Worth (Weinstein Books 2011) and Obsessed: America's Food Addiction -- And My Own (Weinstein Books 2013). Prior to joining MSNBC in January 2007, Brzezinski was an anchor of the CBS Evening News Weekend Edition and a CBS News correspondent who frequently contributed to CBS Sunday Morning and 60 Minutes. Brzezinski joined CBS News in 1997 as the anchor of CBS News Up to the Minute but took a short hiatus in 2000 to co-host MSNBC’s weekday afternoon program Homepage. In September 2001 she returned to CBS to become their principal "Ground Zero” reporter on the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Brzezinski began her journalism career in 1991 in Hartford, Conn., as a general assignment reporter at WTIC. A year later she joined WFSB, also in Hartford, and quickly became the weekday morning anchor. A native of New York City, Brzezinski is the daughter of foreign policy expert and former U.S. National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski. She attended Williams College and received a degree in English. Brzezinski lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children.

Entries by Mika Brzezinski

Unplugging Is Easier Said Than Done

(18) Comments | Posted January 7, 2014 | 8:00 AM

Have you ever tried to unplug? Try attempting it, as I did, while on a family vacation, with your entire extended family there, when you are the main organizer of that vacation. Try unplugging when your two teenaged girls are addicted to their phones. Try unplugging when, for the last...

Read Post

How I Moved Beyond the Label 'Somewhat Aspirational'

(119) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 7:38 AM

I remember four years ago, I was asked to fill in at the very last minute to host at an event full of cosmetics CEOs (Leeza Gibbons had cancelled). One powerful guest -- a woman high up in the world of "beauty" -- was surprised to see me. She hadn't...

Read Post

Obsessed: America's Food Addiction -- and My Own

(158) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 2:26 PM

This post is excerpted from Mika Brzezinski's Obsessed: America's Food Addiction--and My Own, out today from Weinstein Books.

As I have moved through the process of writing this book--drafts, edits, revisions, etc.--I've sought the unvarnished opinions of friends, colleagues, and family members to answer a question that has...

Read Post

Sometimes You Have To Take A Step Back

(67) Comments | Posted January 4, 2010 | 3:46 PM

The following is an excerpt from All Things At Once by Mika Brzezinski (published by Weinstein Books, January 5, 2010).

I'd been fired by CBS News in a semipublic way, and as the months went by, there was a perception that I was damaged goods. Mostly, what I didn't have...

Read Post

Losing Your Job And Learning What You're Made Of

(69) Comments | Posted December 7, 2009 | 3:19 PM

Being unemployed has so many real and palpable ramifications but there are also psychological side effects which you can only understand if you've truly lived through it.

When you walk out the door, its over. No cell phone. No email address. Nothing.

Stripped of your link to the...

Read Post

Work-Life Balance? Puh-leaase!

(57) Comments | Posted November 30, 2009 | 4:26 PM

In my job, as co-host of Morning Joe on MSNBC and The Joe Scarborough Show on WABC radio, there are usually several days a week that are endless.

Absolutely endless.

This is not a complaint. I love the job. I am extremely lucky to have a job and thank God...

Read Post

Work And Babies: Women Still Have To Pick Their Poison (But Men Are Evolving!)

(128) Comments | Posted November 23, 2009 | 10:56 AM

For many women, going back to work a few months after having a baby is overwhelming and unmanageable.

As strange as it may seem, things get even more difficult for a working mom after the second and third baby arrive. By that time, the romance of being a modern "superwoman"...

Read Post

Don't Forget to Have Kids -- Part II

(248) Comments | Posted November 16, 2009 | 7:17 AM

Last week I let you know my thoughts on how children could fit into the lives of the professional woman.

Some were not amused.

"Not only is your post embarrassingly stupid," began one tweet, "it's offensive to anyone who believes in reproductive choice"

Thank God the many on twitter...

Read Post

Don't Forget To Have Kids

(321) Comments | Posted November 9, 2009 | 8:55 AM

When I speak to young women about life lessons and TV career choices, I try to check off the basics of the business for them.

First, you have to love what you do.

Second, you have to be willing to start at the bottom and linger there until your...

Read Post

Getting Fired And How It Teaches You To Be A Better Parent

(132) Comments | Posted November 2, 2009 | 10:55 AM

I was fired at the pinnacle of my career, on my 39th birthday. And in the year that followed, I learned that there are many psychological phases of being "let go."

By 38, I had a shiny new contract as the anchor of the Sunday...

Read Post