NewsNation’s Ashleigh Banfield to launch mentorship program featuring top broadcast journalists


TV Heavyweights Mika Brzezinksi, Bob Costas, Savannah Guthrie, Lisa Ling and Deborah Norville Set To Participate

CHICAGO, IL (Oct. 21, 2021)NewsNation, Nexstar Media Inc.’s (Nasdaq: NXST) wholly-owned news and entertainment cable network reaching 75 million U.S. television households, today announced that veteran anchor/reporter Ashleigh Banfield will launch a new mentorship program in November, designed to provide guidance and advice for individuals pursuing a career in broadcast journalism.  “Rising Tide: The Value in Mentoring Others,” will be a free monthly symposium that brings together top leaders in broadcast television with those who are just getting started in the field or simply seeking advice from the very best in the profession. 

The sessions will feature an interview segment with Ms. Banfield, host of NewsNation’s BANFIELD, and a VIP Mentor, who will then field questions from participants. Dan Abrams, Mika Brzezinski, Sam Champion, Bob Costas, S.E. Cupp, Savannah Guthrie, Harvey Levin, Lisa Ling, Meghan McCain, Deborah Norville, Jesse Palmer, Thomas Roberts and Elizabeth Vargas have signed on to participate, as have other titans of broadcast journalism.

The series, which will also be released as a podcast, responds to a growing need to connect young people in the broadcast business with veterans in the industry, and to improve the craft and the culture.

“I recently addressed the importance of mentoring younger colleagues on my program and the response was overwhelming,” said Ms. Banfield. “I saw a need that wasn’t being met as robustly as it should be, and I’ve decided to step in and do something about it.  Broadcast journalism is incredibly competitive, and we need to help those who are just starting out in the field as much as possible.”

Rising Tide” will debut in November.  Anyone interested in registering to participate can do so through

BANFIELD airs weeknights on NewsNation at 10 p.m. ET.  Check your local channels here, or stream live hereNewsNation is available weekdays from 6 a.m. ET to 9 a.m. ET, and weeknights from 5 p.m. ET to 11 p.m. ET, with encore presentations until 3 a.m. ET, Monday through Friday.  On weekends the network airs original newscasts from 7 p.m. ET to 9 p.m. ET, followed by encore presentations of BANFIELD.  NewsNation is also available 24/7 on the NewsNationNow app and at

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