Chris Licht: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Chris Licht

Author of What I Learned When I Almost Died

Chris Licht is Vice President of News Programming at CBS. He is the original executive producer of Morning Joe, the popular daily morning show on MSNBC hosted by Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski, and Willie Geist. Before Morning Joe, Licht worked as executive producer of Scarborough Country and spent several years at NBC stations in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Licht had always been ambitious. When he was only nine years old, he tracked down an NBC correspondent while on vacation to solicit advice for a career in television. At eleven, he began filming himself as he delivered the news. And by the time he was thirty-five, he landed his dream job: a fast-paced, demanding spot at the helm of MSNBC’s Morning Joe—one of the most popular shows on cable TV. He had become a real-life Jerry Maguire: hard-charging, obsessively competitive, and willing to sacrifice anything to get it done. He felt invincible. Then one day Chris heard a pop in his head, followed by a whoosh of blood and crippling pain. Doctors at the ER said he had suffered a near-deadly brain hemorrhage. Chris’s life had almost been cut short, and he had eight long days in a hospital bed to think about it. What I Learned When I Almost Died tells the story of what happened next.

Licht was a regular on-camera presence on Morning Joe. He also has appeared on CNN, Today, Charlie Rose, Time, and NPR. He lives in Manhattan with his wife Jenny and their two sons.

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