Josh Earnest

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  • White House Press Secretary (2014-2017)
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  • Voice of West Wing Week, White House's Online Video Series
  • Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary (2011-2014)

A current political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, Josh Earnest draws on a decade of insider access working alongside President Barack Obama both on the campaign trail and in the White House to provide engaging, razor-sharp analysis on today's top issues. 

Rising to international acclaim as President Obama's Press Secretary from 2014-2017, Earnest was selected in the midst of an increasingly caustic media environment to assume the most visible job in American politics. Earnest distinguished himself as Press Secretary – not with bluster – but with a keen ability to marshal facts and construct persuasive arguments that earned him the respect of Washington insiders in both parties. 

Earnest stood before the White House press corps each day for the last two and a half years of Obama’s tenure prepared to discuss the most complex and consequential issues in the world.  Whether reacting to a legislative setback, a diplomatic breakthrough or a terror attack, Earnest earned a reputation for uncommon poise under an intense spotlight where there is no margin for error.  In fact, White House correspondents surveyed by Politico in 2015 voted Earnest the “best White House press secretary I’ve worked with.” Earnest brings the same shrewd analysis, signature wit, and engaging style he was known for as Press Secretary to the newsroom and audiences worldwide.  

 
  

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We’ve received nothing but positive feedback about [Earnest's] presentation. Our crowd particularly appreciated his thoughtful responses to questions – they were not canned answers but very reasoned answers. The crowd also appreciated the time he spent with us – taking almost an hour of his time for the Q&A.

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Drawing on a decade of experience working alongside President Obama on the campaign trail, in the Oval Office and aboard Air Force One, former White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest helped the Leader of the Free World manage and react to urgent developments in politics, business and national secur ...

Drawing on a decade of experience working alongside President Obama on the campaign trail, in the Oval Office and aboard Air Force One, former White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest helped the Leader of the Free World manage and react to urgent developments in politics, business and national security.  

Earnest brings an insider's knowledge to today's hottest topics with the same humor and sensibility he employed while answering tough questions at the White House Daily Briefing.  An expert on the world of Washington, Earnest knows the key players in Congress and understands how their actions - or inaction - will affect the trends shaping our world. 

He also shares entertaining and enlightening anecdotes to bring audiences inside the White House for a candid glimpse behind the curtain. 

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<p>Josh Earnest receives praise for his candid analysis and refreshing bipartisanship</p>

Josh Earnest receives praise for his candid analysis and refreshing bipartisanship

After recently addressing some 500 attendees at the Ages of Excellence event, Former White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest received the following rave review:  "Josh Earnest was LOVELY! He was extremely easy to work with, he was very kind and personable to our guests, his remarks were on point … and he offered insight into his personal White House experience as well as a hopeful perspective into the current political landscape. We were thoroughly pleased with his presentation." The feedback echoes what attendees have to say following each of Earnest’s engagements, thanks to his substantive analysis, willingness to discuss any issue, and refreshing bipartisanship. Whether engaging in a point-counterpoint debate at an elite university, or addressing senior executives at a major law firm, Earnest showcases his tremendous breadth of experience working in the White House and infuses his remarks with plenty of humor and engaging anecdotes. Just look at the tweets of praise that come pouring in during each event: “I've never felt star struck in my life. Thank you @joshearnest for changing that. Tonight was INCREDIBLE!! #OnlyatGW”; “Lots of friendly sentiments, honest answers, and appeals to service from @joshearnest and Secretary Tom Ridge at the #OnlyAtGW debate!”; “@ASAEcenter GR conference kickoff w/ @joshearnest. Good advice on takeaways for current political moment. Also, funny Tom Brady story”; “@joshearnest thank you so much for taking my question about your time in the WH tonight at the @berkeleyforum.”

<p><strong>Josh Earnest delivers sharp, hilarious one-liners on Late Night with Seth Meyers </strong></p>

Josh Earnest delivers sharp, hilarious one-liners on Late Night with Seth Meyers

Sought-out as a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers, Former Obama Press Secretary Josh Earnest provided sharp insights and witty one-liners, leaving the audience in fits of laughter and applause. Providing frank analysis on the current administration and a behind-the-scenes look at what it was like to work in the Obama White House, Earnest showcased the candid, substantive and approachable speaking style he’s praised for at events. Consistently heralded for his informative and engaging presentations, insights into a wide range of policy issues, never-miss-a-beat humor, and unique perspective as a Washington insider who has worked on both ends of Pennsylvania Ave., Earnest is a slam dunk at each of his engagements. As event-planners raved after two recent events: "Everything with Josh went so well! He did a great job at the debate and everyone I spoke to at the reception couldn’t stop talking about how kind and personable he was" (George Washington University); "We’ve received nothing but positive feedback about [Earnest's] presentation. Our crowd particularly appreciated his thoughtful responses to questions – they were not canned answers but very reasoned answers. The crowd also appreciated the time he spent with us – taking almost an hour of his time for the Q&A" (Major U.S. Law Firm). Frequently on air as a political analyst for NBC and MSNBC, Earnest brings the same fresh analysis and talent for zingers he’s known for on screen, to every event.    

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Josh Earnest NewsReel

Former Obama Press Secretary Josh Earnest is sought after for sober and insightful commentary as well as being the subject of news features.  Watch his latest news hits:

9-22-17 The Last Word | MSNBC

9-6-17  Former WH Press Sec. Josh Earnest: Ending DACA Doesn't Make America Safer | CBN News

6-26-17  GOP moderates may have upper hand on health care bill, analyst says

1-19-17  How Press Secretary Josh Earnest made sure he knew what Obama was thinking | PBS News Hour

1-17-17  President Obama Has Been An Example For Me | Morning Joe | MSNBC

<p>Josh Earnest joins NBC News and MSNBC as a political analyst</p>

Josh Earnest joins NBC News and MSNBC as a political analyst

After a decade of working alongside President Barack Obama, Former White House Press Secretary JOSH EARNEST joins MSNBC and NBC News as a political analyst. As a memo from the presidents of both networks said: “With his wealth of experience and insight, Josh will be a great addition to our roster of contributors and will be an asset for our two networks as we continue to cover the White House, Congress and politics beyond the Beltway." Debuting in his new role, Earnest appeared on both The Today Show and Morning Joe, providing analysis on the lessons learned from the GOP’s failed healthcare overhaul. Using the same combination of humor and straight-talk that won him praise as Press Secretary, Earnest will be a fixture on the news, breaking down the most pressing policy issues and illuminating their impact for audiences worldwide. Watch his most recent appearances on The Today Show

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<p>Josh Earnest meets with students before speaking at Harvard’s Institute of Politics</p>

Josh Earnest meets with students before speaking at Harvard’s Institute of Politics

In an intimate gathering hosted by Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP), former White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest shed light on what it was like inside President Obama’s Oval Office and the White House Briefing Room. Addressing a crammed classroom, Earnest enthusiastically fielded students’ questions on everything from social media echo chambers to the current media landscape, offering up both personal advice and candid insights on the new administration. "My advice to you is to, particularly early in your careers, be willing to take risks. Logical risks, but risks all the same," Earnest said. Following the session with students, Earnest spoke in conversation with former CNN White House correspondent Jessica Yellin, moderated by Harvard's JFK School professor David Gergen, at IOP's JFK ForumConsidered Harvard’s “premier arena for political speech, discussion, and debate,” Earnest delivered thought-provoking remarks on “The Press & The Presidency.”

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<p>Josh Earnest steals the show with back-to-back TV appearances</p>

Josh Earnest steals the show with back-to-back TV appearances

President Barack Obama's White House Press Secretary JOSH EARNEST dominated headlines following two of his recent television appearances—first as a guest on a special live edition of the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, and then on ABC’s This Week. Earnest’s signature wit and sense of humor were on brilliant display during his Late Show appearance, as he offered candid analysis of President Trump’s first address to Congress. Earnest’s shrewd commentary was quickly picked up by CBS, The Washington Post, The Week and more, plus a YouTube clip of his insights on “fake news” quickly racked up nearly 500,000 views.  On ABC’s This Week Earnest delved into Russian cyber activity and intelligence community investigations, speaking to the most pressing concerns of the American public. Earnest’s comments on the show were incorporated into in-depth articles from Politico and The Washington Post, with Mediaite featuring a full clip of his appearance.  Respected for his exceptional understanding of the White House, the media, and the issues shaping our world, Earnest is in-demand for his clear, to-the-point and (at times) humorous analysis.  

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<p>Josh Earnest Praised by President Obama at his Final Press Briefing </p>

Josh Earnest Praised by President Obama at his Final Press Briefing 

When JOSH EARNEST held his final press briefing, President Obama took the opportunity for an unexpected drop-in of epic proportions. Just as Earnest prepared to take questions from reporters, Obama entered to offer his gratitude and praise. "What struck me most in addition to his smarts and maturity and actual interest in the issues was his integrity," Obama said. "And he's never disappointed, he has always been the guy you wanted him to be," Obama added later in his remarks. Earnest started working for Obama as a communications staffer in Iowa in 2007. Their relationship has spanned nearly ten years, and their tremendous mutual respect for one another was on display during the press briefing. 

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<p>Josh Earnest Voices the West Wing Week </p>

Josh Earnest Voices the West Wing Week 

For six years and 388 episodes Josh Earnest narrated West Wing Week, a weekly web-episode that provided unique insight into life in the White House and events concerning President Obama. As part of the Obama administration's commitment to transparency, a topic Earnest covered in an op-ed for The New York Times, the West Wing Week has racked up hundreds of thousands of views on Youtube.  

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Josh Earnest Voted "Best Press Secretary I've Ever Worked With" in Politico Survey

In Politico Magazine's second annual survey of the White House press corps, Josh Earnest passed with more than flying colors. The survey asked nearly 70 journalists who the best White House press secretary they ever worked with was, and Josh Earnest topped the list, ahead of those who served in the George W. Bush and Clinton administrations. When asked to rank current and former Obama press secretaries or communications officials in terms of how helpful they were to reporters, again Earnest took the number one slot, ahead of twelve other officials. Praised by Obama for his work ethic, integrity, and intelligence, and credited for taking a pioneering approach to the White House communications strategy, Earnest's success as a press secretary was acknowledged by journalists across the board. 

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In the midst of an increasingly caustic media environment, Josh Earnest was selected by President Obama to assume the most visible job in American politics as White House press secretary in 2014. Earnest distinguished himself – not with bluster – but with a keen ability to marshal facts and construct persuasive arguments that earned him the respect of Washington insiders in both parties. 

Earnest stood before the White House press corps each day for the last two and a half years of Obama’s tenure prepared to discuss the most complex and consequential issues in the world.  Whether reacting to a legislative setback, a diplomatic breakthrough or a terror attack, Earnest earned a reputation for uncommon poise under an intense spotlight where there is no margin for error.  In fact, White House correspondents surveyed by Politico in 2015 voted Earnest the “best White House press secretary I’ve worked with.”

From townhall meetings on the campaign trail in Iowa to private meetings in the Oval Office, Earnest spent a decade advising and advocating for the man who would make history as the 44th President of the United States. Earnest’s role in President Obama’s orbit burst into public view in May 2014, when the President made a surprise appearance in the White House briefing room to announce that he promoted Earnest to be White House press secretary. 

In addition to defending the President in front of the cameras, Earnest played a leading role behind the scenes to help develop and implement an innovative communications strategy that took the President to unconventional venues like ESPN to talk about Cuba policy and “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” to talk about climate change. This pioneering approach was paired with a fully-integrated digital media presence that put the world’s most powerful man at the forefront of an evolving media landscape.  The successful implementation of this strategy contributed to President Obama’s ability to buck historical trends, confound the critics who were quick to label him a ‘lame duck’ and redefine the way a second-term President wields authority in Washington. 

In eight years, Earnest traveled across the country and around the world – three dozen countries – with President Obama and participated in multilateral summits including the G-20, G-7, NATO, the UN General Assembly, ASEAN and APEC.

Earnest started at the White House on “Day 1” in January 2009 as deputy press secretary, managing the White House press office and filling in for the press secretary on Air Force One and at the podium. He first joined Obama’s team in March 2007 helping steer the President to an historic victory in the Iowa caucuses that catapulted him to the White House. 

Earnest’s two-decade career in politics has taken him from Capitol Hill to some of the largest states and most competitive races in the country, including four presidential campaigns, statewide races in Texas and Florida and Mike Bloomberg’s first campaign for Mayor of New York City.

Earnest was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri and attended Rice University, where he majored in political science and policy studies. He currently lives in Alexandria, Virginia with his wife and son.